Sony SCD-XA5400ES CD Player

Does anyone have any comments on the Sony SCD-XA5400ES CD Player? This unit has balanced outputs and seems very good for $1,500. Does this player sound that good when compared to the Ayre CX-7eMP, the Ayre CX-5xeMP, the Luxman D-05 or other CD players under $7,000.
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I think OP should include the Oppo BDP-105 in the comparison. I have both a BDP-105 and an XA5400ES in my rack. Both are superb, though they sound a bit different. Broadly generalized, the Oppo seems a bit more detailed, the Sony a bit smoother. Preference, I think, is system and listener dependent.