The Marantz DV8400 plays all the existing formats except HDCD. The price won't break you and it has video capabilities to boot. I was not dissapointed with the one I purchased.
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Thanks, but my current Sony unit is also a DVD unit as well. It has also been modified. I am looking for something more upmarket and audio only. I'm not dissapointed with my player now, but I think I could do better both in Redbook and 2 channel SACD.
Read the thread. I did not ask for a discussion of the merits of SACD. If you don't have anything to add to the discussion, please don't hijack my thread. Start your own.
Hey slipknot, I would try to listen to a Tri-Vista although I suspect the price is way beyond the Sony's. It's a great thread as I own the 333 (and enjoy it, especially on SACD). I had a friend bring over a 777 and it was not a "huge" improvement, (which the 333 was over the old Nak CD2, which sounded like a plastic kazoo compared to the Sony) but definitely better and I am contemplating a SCD-1 to bring the Hip closer to me.
Have fun and if you decide on a SCD-1 I would be very interested in your impressions. Oh, listen to "slant six mind" by Greg Brown.
I currently have a Matt Anker modified NS500. I had the Black Gate/Wordclock/Power supply shielding upgrade done for 2 channel only. It has made it a good machine for what it is (200.00 + 300.00 in mods), but not up to the level of the rest of my setup IMHO
I do think the 777ES, SCD1 are great units, I also have to believe there are others as well. One of the reasons I was curious about the Music Hall Maverick, is it appears as though it is a rebadged Shanling, with very good build quality and aesthetics. I am still using an old Music Hall CD32 in another system. The Maverick seems to offer a lot at a reasonable price, while still having an upgrade path.
I have also liked what I have heard of the Marantz SA14 and SA1, but they are hard to find. Most of my listening is to LP's, but I want my CD/SACD to be equal to the task too.
I have the Sony SCD333ES which I had modified by Dan Wright.
If you can still get him to do the mods I think it out performs the 777ES by a slight margin. Not anything in this price range that beats it that I have heard. I would consider the Audio Aero Prima and obviously the Capitole if it is anywhere near your range. Thinking about them myself.