I have not heard the Sonic Frontiers player but I owned the BAT VK-D5SE for several years. The BAT player was always very organic, liquid, smooth -- a real pleasure to listen to... But, it was a bit dark - almost giving an impression of heaviness and being a bit slow. So, I swapped out the super tubes for 6N6P tubes and had the clock upgraded to one of those "super" types -- and WOW. The player really sang after that - again organic, smooth yet now much more neutral and well balanced. I really believe this venerable player is really the one-to-beat in the crowded under $10K range. It will serve you well until you're ready to spend the BIG $$$$$$$.
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