I compared with a CDS2/XPS. Big image, wonderful attack, very musical, particularly on audiophile grade CD's. On a "standard" classical piano recording, I found the recording noise a bit distracting. The CDS2/XPS still played the noise, but put it in a context separate from the music...more detail, more focused (and smaller) image. Both were wonderful. Followed with a Arcam Planet, which by comparison, put the music back into the speakers, dropped the image, but did have a very smooth tonal balance.
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