I would instantly snag it and check it out at that price. If you don't like it, you can always at least double your money : ) Sean
Mikez, I know of the SA-12S1 and the SA-14. I assume you mean the SA-12S1. With that in mind, I offer the following: I tested the SA-14 for almost 2 wks at home vs. the Meridian 588 & Sony SCD-777ES about 9mos ago (vs. the Wadia 861, a Cary, and others in the store - associated components VTL 450s, Martin Logan SL3s). It was a tough choice but I ended up with the Sony. Since then I have heard the Marantz several times and wonder if I made the right choice. The Marantz was supremely clear/analytical but a bit forward without having been broken in. I have heard the SA-12S1 multichannel SACD player at a dealer and it made beautiful music on 2-channel redbook - very transparent and musical. Marantz uses top-end parts in its gain stage and it shows. For the money it can be bought for new, I think both it (either SA14 or SA12S1) and the Sony are a steal. For the price you mention, it cannot be beat for redbook and to top that, you get SACD capability. The Marantz in SACD beats almost all redbook I've heard hands down (I say "almost" b/c my friend had a CD12 at his disposal for a week and it was magical). Don't hesitate.