I have both units, plus a mildly modified Toshiba 3950. I've found that, on Redbook, the Toshiba/Ack dAck combo is more musical (to me) than the Sony alone. Using the Ack dAck with the Sony, there is a very slight improvement on most CDs, but the Ack dAck has no digital out, so it is difficult to use this setup when recording (yes, I could use the Toslink output on the Sony but prefer not to). Also, using the Toshiba as my primary CD transport may hopefully lengthen the life of the XA777, which I'm now using primarily as an SACD player. At least that's my rationale. I do like the Ack dAck, but it does require the discipline to turn the thing off when it's time to recharge the batteries. Good luck, Dave.
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