I'm using my XA7ES directly into a Pass Aleph 3, in my bedroom music system. I would not accept a 9000ES in it's place. What was wrong with your XA7ES when you sent it in?
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A local tech said he thought the problem was a "logic" problem and it probably needed a new chip. The local tech is a very knowledgable guy. Sony would not tell me exactly what they thought the problem was. From my perspective, it would power up, but not play. Should I ask for a scd-1 instead or is that asking for too much?!
I'm in the same boat with my Sony SCD-777ES SACD player.
It powers up but recognizes (& plays) cds or sacds approximately 1/2 of the time. It has been in the box for over a year. Sony's regional service center used to be here in Scottsdale, AZ, about 1 mile from my house. Now I have to ship the player out of state, using those non-believers at UPS or FED Ex to ship it. Both have earned their incompetance stripes with me, recently.
I'm not familiar with the SCDXA9000ES, does it have a variable out? That is a very important feature, to me. It may not be as important to you.