I actually think the Alpha 9 is better than I had originally thought. My neighbor has the Alpha 7 and it doesn't hold a candle to any of the players I recommend.
I think rather than "better", the new NAD 565 will be "different", perhaps a little more snap and definition. The new NADs are much better as a whole than the last generation, and this higher end model is closer to their top M series player (pressure from Cambridge, Marantz and Rega has forced NAD to raise their game).
Most of the players listed here have upsampling and very good transports. Not sure you get as much out of the Alpha 9 with a greatly improved outboard DAC - but - read this exert from a Stereophile review by Audiogoner Kr4:
"I was also more than happy with the Alpha 9's detail and resolutionuntil I teamed it with its senior relation, the dCS Elgar. This, of course, is an academic comparison in view of the Alpha 9's genealogy and the substantial difference in price. One major difference when listening to the Alpha 9 as a transport through the Elgar DAC was the reduced prominence of the bass; it was all there, but it didn't call attention to itself. More significant was the greater sense of depth and the improved delicacy of the treble voices. Moreover, these voices and the spaces around them were less forward when heard via the Elgar. As I reveled in Esa-Pekka Salonen's recording of Mahler's Symphony 4 (Sony Classical SK 48380), the Elgar was more successful in distinguishing the placements of orchestral voices, but the Alpha 9 was slightly more palpable and immediate. "
You may want to go for a better amp that you think will bring out the best in your speakers, and then match a source to that combination - perhaps the Alpha 9 will float your boat in that new-and-improved system - perhaps not.