If you're interested in moving to a hard disc player then you may want to try to roll your own with either your existing dac or one with USB input (there are any number of them now). I wasn't overly impressed by the 5.5, and I think their x- series is good value, so I can't say it's a huge leap forward. If you like MF gear, then you won't be unhappy with the 5.5, it just depends what you're looking for (and it's okay if what you're looking for is a bigger chassis; i'm guilty of getting gear for aesthetic reasons as well). If you plan on sticking with CDs, then it's fine, but if you want to move to hard drive recorders, I think a computer is a much better option than a hard disc recorder like naim, olive, etc. That's also with the caveat that I enjoy working with computers and customizing my setups--not something everyone likes to do.
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