Ayre C 5 xe mp although discontinued still available used.
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Maxboy, I have that unit, and I am never replacing it. I use it with a 509U integrated and Vandersteen 5A speakers. I am finished. Music from this setup takes me where I want to go. Plus, the integrated has those little things real audiophiles sneer, tone controls. Oh so necessary with many many discs.
The Esoteric "must" be good. I am thinking this after currently owning the Teac SACD player. The house sound is detailed and slightly less warm compared to the Marantz. I will take Esoteric Marantz SACD players any day. If you do not have plans to download DSD, then the Marantz should be a great player for less than half the cost of the Esoteric.
The Marantz SA11-S3 is a very fine unit and has become my personal reference source. In another system I have a vintage Enlightened Audio Designs (EAD) Ultradisc 2000 which in combination with Jeff Rowland equipment is intoxicatingly beautiful. I feel that system synergy and intelligent tweaking is essential; so it's tough to nail down a particular unit as being 'the best'. Nevertheless, much of the charm of this hobby is in the quest. Best of luck!
I use three players for different purposes, an Ayre C-5xeMP for stereo, a Sony XA5400ES for surround, and an Oppo 105D for HT. The Ayre goes through a Parasound JC 2 to JC 1 mono blocks to KEF 107/2s; the Sony and Oppo go via HDMI through a Bryston SP3, the front LR of which is passed through the JC 2 to access the JC 1s. Of the three, only the Ayre makes CDs sound great.
Here is a link to the Marantz KI Pearl auction (2 days left): https://www.audiogon.com/listings/cd-sacd-players-marantz-sa-ki-pearl-cd-sacd-player-2016-04-11-digi...
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