Are you unhappy with it's red book play back?
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There has always been debate about upsampling's benefits, or lack thereof.
Recently, the pendulum seems to be swinging toward non upsampling as being
more true to redbook recordings.
Only you can determine which you will prefer.
There are many upsampling DACs that could be used with the SCD-1.
But, if you want to sell the Sony and buy something else, then that's your
Tvad is correct, it is indeed a classic and may someday increase in value. If you choose to hold equipment for that end, this is a great piece.
I modified my SCD-1 years ago and have not yet felt I am lacking anything in Redbook to any player I have heard. I would consider the mod's too in your list of choices.
For me it remains the best money spent on my system and should keep you current for a long time to come. Eventually we will see newer better technology that is worth the money, but this remains a top shelf unit, stock and even better modified.
I've read that the Sony SCD-777ES is effectively an SCD-1 without balanced outputs. A friend of mine owns the 777ES and last year added a Lavry DA-10 to his system. He was very pleased with the improvement and never listens to the 777ES alone now. Actually, he removed the 777ES from his system (he'd sell it if he had a buyer) and now drives the Lavry DAC with a $80 Pioneer DVD player. Note, he also listenend to my Benchmark DAC1, but chose the Lavry because it has an on/off switch.
So based on a sample size of one, I'd say there's definitely a chance that a modern external DAC will give you something you prefer.