I agree, at least in my system the 777 was better, so I sold off the 5400. I tried both over a six month time frame before I made the decision to give up the 5400. Next comparison, after the holidays will be with an oppo. I still think SACD is an under appreciated media form. I have dual copies of some titles and the SACD is vastly better, at least to my ears.
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Fishing716 this is the guy to talk to.
I do not own a SCD-777ES but do own an extensively modified XA-777ES and bought a 5400. The list price was half the list price of the XA, and it probably weighs half as much. It's made in Malaysia and not in Japan, and is not quite up to the same construction standards.
But the sound of the 5400 bettered my modified XA-777ES and it continued to improve over a long period. It has been very reliable, plays every disc without issue, and has a delightful engaging "analogue" sound. One of the most enjoyable players ever made.
I still have the XA in my bedroom system.
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I wonder how system dependent Fishing's comparison might be. Through a Cary Cinema 11a I preferred the sound produced by the Oppo 105 to that of the 5400ES whether connected HDMI, SE, or XLR. Now stereo from both go through a Parasound JC-2 analog preamp, and I think I prefer the sound from the 5400ES. Pairing the 5400ES with the JC-2 really brought it to life.