I'm listening to a demo CX-7eMP as I write this. The only limitations are my monitor speakers which are no fault of the speakers. Monitors are monitors and although they get down to 32hz, the limitation on the bottom end is palpable. I can not wait to have my Zu Definition Pro's set up b/c they go down to 16hz.
If the Ayre 5 is better than the 7 I may need to save until I can afford it b/c the 7 is almost everything I want in a single box CDP. Ignorance is bliss and like every other soul, once I have better I don't want to go back. That means until I hear better I won't know better, but now that I know it, whew, it is an eye opening experience.
I still have to give a nod to my analog rig, but this is really close and in some ways better. My analog rig is an excellent starter (Roksan Radius V with a Zyx Airy S cart), but it doesn't have the same range of dynamic headroom as the CDP. I happen to like the soundstage of my analog system more though.
Pros: Expansive soundstage, great note separation, dynamic, non-fatiguing, neutral and transparent.
Cons: Ever so slightly forward (aka detailed), reveals ANY deficiency in your chain or the recording, and a sure cause for upgraditis.
What in the world does a Reimyo CDP-777 sound like? Jeez!