I nominate Bel Canto PL-1, although not a dedicated SACD player. I have ben very pleased with it for about 2 years.
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Wow, this thread seemed to go nowhere. Too bad, as my search for it was an attempt to get the answers you were seeking. I'm looking at the Marantz 11-S1 myself...
Maybe someone has an opinion who has actually heard a few of these? Any one compared the SA-1 to the SA-11?
I need to upgrade, but don't want to shuffle decks, so to speak.
I have heard both the Cary and the Marantz SA11 S1, as well as the Sony and a modified Sony SCD 777ES (mine for many years). I would say that they're all very good, but have their own particular sound that you may or may not prefer. I found the Cary particularly excelled, especially compared to my Sony, in transient response, and I liked the tonal balnce of the Marantz, which seemed a little fuller than the Cary and more like my player. I think a fully-modded Sony should be something to consider, as well as an APL modded Denon (I don't know the price). The only thing that I've heard that substantially outperformed my modified Sony has been the EMM Labs CDSD/DAC2SE combo (which I broke down and bought); if you can stretch your budget to get it, the EMM Labs single box player might be worth getting, if it's anything close to its two-box sibling.