Haven't used XA7ES, but in general, digital components like CD players and DAC have matured fairly significantly in the last decade. The state of performance available only to the top of the line gears in the 90's can be had for very reasonable price today. If you have personally heard and liked particular vintage digital gear, then by no means get it. If you are going by the reviews and opinions, you're probably better off buying one with recent design.
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