Thanks for the advice, guys. I think I will stay away from the used, discontinued stuff like Optimus CD3400s, especially when I can get a new Panasonic SLSX460 player for well under $100. What I am looking for here is other current portable CD player comparisons so I can narrow down the choices of what to listen to before I buy. Are there any other portables out there that sound as good or better than the Panasonic SLSX460 in your opinion that I should be listening to? Also - Jeffloistarca, can you expand on the sound of your setup? Did you audition any other portables and notice any differences? Thanks.