Consider a used Modwright Sony 999ES with tubed power supply.
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i am also seeking an sacd player, in the same range as has been mentioned.
i note a number of suggestions. assuming each sounds different, the only way to decide, is to listen to each one. i would not purchase any of the players which have been recommended so far, as i have no way of predicting my preference for or against the player, without an in home audition.
i have already tried a marantz 11s2 and sold it, so i am leading towards an sacd player with a tube output.
the purpose of my comment is to relate, on a personal level, the unreliability of asking for advice. i have not done so, nor will i go that route.
i will endeavor to do my own research. at best, i can call modwright and ask about the voicing of the player. i doubt i have that option with respect to sony, yamaha and pioneer.
be careful when following advice.
The Tube Research Lab (TRL) modified Sony 2000ES sounds great. It's $400 new, with the mod going for $750. I haven't compared it directly with the units mentioned in this thread, but I have heard it against other machines - including tube players and a highly modified Oppo 980H. To my ears, and in my system, the TRL Sony is very natural, analog sounding ... the closest thing to my turntable. Good luck, and happy listening.
Mrtennis....wow, I literally must have grabbed the last one.....it was shipped on Dec. 24. Hopefully, the sound on SACD is all that I've hoped for. The few blurbs I've read online about the player stated that it is excellent for audio/music, but only so so for video. Probably not much difference between it and the D200 except for aesthetics and the balanced analog outs.