Mine reads the SACD layer if it there.
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They should read SACDs. But they are getting up in years and a significant fraction now have tracking errors with SACDs. I forgot what manual it was in but there is a setup /diagnosis screen where you can set it to automatically adjust itself to track correctly. You should do a search and find out how successful this is.
The auto tracking procedure is in the service manual. You should be able to find a free download of it (or at least I did years ago). I am not sure if you need a special Sony SACD for it to work or if any SACD will work. I never had to try it since I don’t have any SACDs.
I think the DVP-S9000ES is an excellent player sound wise (even by today’s standards). Especially since they are relatively common and you can get a used one for under $200. They do have a reputation of being temperamental and I know it will die one day. But buying used and after getting 2 years of use so far I think i got my moneys worth.
My opinion might change if I bought it new for their original price though.........