I recently tried a Sony 9000ES in my system hoping to replace a Theta DaViD. I also own a Kora Hermes and my plan was to run the Sony into the Hermes for two channel use and into a Proceed AVP for home theater use. I was then going to sell the DaViD and still hopefully have a good DVD/CD player and also have the added benefit of an SACD player. The Sony was a very good SACD player and a very good DVD player but I was very dissapointed in the Sony as a transport. The DaViD was significantly better (much fuller sounding, bigger soundstage, and much better bass) even when I ran the Sony through a Camelot Dragon Pro jitter reducing device first. Hopefully you will be able to try the Sony for yourself but my guess is that the Sony would be an excellent replacement for you current DVD player but your Theta Pearl would be a better transport than the Sony.
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