I had the opportunity to listen to the TA-E1 when it first came out in Chicago at the Sony Store about 6 or 7 years ago. Unfortunately many years have passed but as I recall it was a great piece. I had the chance to buy the TA-E1 a few months ago so like you I did some homework and the general opinion I found was favorable. A lot of folks said it sounded and was built just like the SCD-1, which is still considered one of the greatest players. Somethings to note: I don't think it comes with a remote and it has no tonal controls. Is it worth considering, I would answer yes, but don't think I would pay over say $3,000.
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