I compared the Mbl transport against my system-a few observations...
First let me mention I like tubes, and the lush fullness of my tube system, which includes the Vac Phi 300 amp, Kharma speakers, and the Mbl 6010D preamp.
My previous favorite single box player was the Audio Aero Prestige SACD player-very musical and sweet sounding. I switched to a Qsonix music server with the Accustic Arts Tube Dac, which actually was in my opinion even better sounding. I then did the Mbl transport trial, but thought it was a bit solid state sounding, and lost some of the musicality, although there was some gain in detail.
If I were to buy another CD player with Dac today, I would also look at the Dcs systems, including the highly regarded new U clock and Puccini, just reviewed in the latest issue of TAS.