It's been a while...
I have had the 8001 for several months now. I really like it. I have it playing through an ARC LS-15/ 100.2 into Dynaudio 1.8 MKII's, and the sound is really nice, esp considering the price of this high quality cdp. I have not had any issues with reading errors at all. I like the new looks. It is very nicely put together, and feels very very sturdy. I had some component changes since the 8260, but I feel the 8001 is more neutral, has a much better top end, and a better soundstage. I never got into the multi-channel, so the simplification to 2 channel was the right move.
As far as upgrades?
I don't get real excited at the thought of dropping at least a thousand more to get a slightly better sound (from single cdp's)...
I have a squeezebox 3 and I would like to get a decent outboard DAC for that. It may be fun/worthwile to use the 8001 as a transport, but then I lose the SACD playback, and that bothers me, b/c several of my favorites are in that format and the 8001 plays them very very well.
I am interested in any other reviews of this player.