I couldn't agree more with Jcs!!! My Resolution Audio CD50 is knocking on the door of my vinyl rig's performance (even string tone, depth, inner detail!! You need to spend some $$ on line conditioning, MIT interconnects, and AC cord, though). I had to buy a Benz Micro Lo4 cartridge ($1200) just to put adequate distance between my vinyl and "lowly" 16/44.1 CD's. THE RA CD50 IS TRULY THE BEST CD PLAYER YOU'LL EVER OWN! (Jeff Kalt is THE digital hardware designer to beat!!!!) I run mine straight into my Krell amp, and would put it up against ANYTHING that doesn't upsample (and a few that do...and, all of those would have to be coupled with a TRULY superior linestage like the Conrad Johnson ART, or a Burmester, or the Dynaudio Arbiter, TO ADEQUATELY APPROACH THE PERFORMANCE OF A PLAYER LIKE THE CD50, THAT DOESN'T NEED A SEPARATE LINESTAGE). These would include the Wadia 830, 850, 860; and also the Levinson 39. AND IT SOUNDLY BEATS THE SONY SCD-1 when playing "only" CD's.