Get a new 5400, has five year warranty. Break it in and enjoy.
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I haven't heard the Sony or Esoteric players, so this isn't a vote. But, fwiw, I think the Naim CD5i is fantastic. It made a huge improvement to my very modest system: Music Hall a25.2 and Quad 11L; the CD5i replaced a Music Hall cd25.2. The biggest difference from the cd25.2 was that, with the CD5i, mediocre recordings that I'd given up listening to (early Husker Du, for example) sounded much, much better. I was curious, but skeptical, about the "Naim sound," but it works for me. The Music Hall was more transparent and gave a greater impression of "space" and "air," but the Naim is more musical: tight, organic, and propulsive.