I also own one of these Sony DVP-S9000ES players. The build quality is fantastic. Appearance is also top notch. Sound quality with SACD sources is basically a function of the record quality of the disc itself. Santana Abraxas sounds like a very high quality remastering of an almost thirty year old recording. I believe, until we get DSD masters in the pipeline, the real value of SACD will remain unrealized. On playback of standard CD's it is smooth and very refined, with good detail retrieval, but simply can't hold a candle to my Theta Data II and Theta Pro Basic IIIa combo. DVD playback is quite impressive, comparable to my Sony DVP-S7700. I would purchase this piece again. I guess that speaks volumes.