I have the XA-777es, It is a fantastic sacd player and a good redbook player. I think the CD-2 may be the winner of the two on redbook cd's. I am happy with mine though and plan on keeping it for a long while, I've had it for a year now and have had 0 problems. It sounds it's best when you run it in two channel direct mode through it's two channel analog outs for two channel and use it's multichannel outs for multichannel only. I use mine with a passive pre (Bent audio TVC-102) for all two channel listening. On the other hand, I have never listened to the CD-2 and only know of it's sound by what I have read.