Beating the specs

Can you name a CDP which is surprisingly good despite one or several poor specification on paper or on the test bench?
I am thinking of the McCormack UDP1 which, according to
J.Atkinson, has measurmeents close to those of a $150 player. Any other?
Probably any tubed unit.
A Yamaha car stereo has better specifications than a VTL 750 amp, which would you prefer driving your speakers?

Funny too you mention the McCormack UDP-1. I have the Deluxe version and it's the best CD player I've ever had in my system. I've had players that cost more than 10K that were not nearly as good.

As always, best to listen rather than go by review or numbers.
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You're kidding, right?