Mcintosh MVP 831 as CD player/reliability...

Hi Folks,
Anyone had experience with the MVP 831 DVD/CD player? How does it sound on standard red book CD's? Is it decent sounding 9 years after its introduction by today's standards? Thanks for any insight. -Brian.
One more question, should I consider an outboard DAC with it for more up to date sound processing? Have any of you done that on this machine or others of the same type?