Michael, I owned both the 306SACD and the 303/300. first of all, the 306SACD does not have volume control. Overall, I liked the 306SACD more. It had much better bass and a more refined sound.
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At the time that the 303/300 came out, and shortly thereafter, there was a lot of conversation comparing that unit to the older 306/200, since the latter's used price was in the ballpark or slightly less than the formers new price. I think if you search the discussions on audiogon and also at www.audioasylum.com you'll find comparisons. My memory is that most but not all preferred the 303/300. BTW I researched this a lot and ended up deciding to get a used 308T and I love it. It has a real tubed output state and it the most natural sound of any cd player I've ever heard. It is not the most detailed, and, I've never heard the newest top of the line like 306 SACD.
My searches on this forum did not show many (if any) threads that compared the sonic characteristics of the two units. I'll look over at AA, but I have found that there's a lot of useless conversation over there to wade through, so I generally avoid it.
I suspected that the 303/300 would probably be preferred, but wanted to see if that was the case.
Try searching for abecollins (one word although the fellow's name is Abe Collins). My memory is that there were adherents to both but more to the 303/300. However, some people (like Abe) prefered the 308T because of it's pure tube output stage, over either the solid state or the tube output stage of the 303/300.
I have have heard the 306/200 its an outstanding warm detailed
player but I would recommend a Sony SCD-1 or Wadia 860 unless you get the new 306 sacd player that is built upon the sony scd-1 but at 6k you'll be better of with sony SDC-1 for $1700 and if later you wish to upgrade you can upgrade the sony to practically surpass units that range from 6k and up.