Wadia, Krell or Sony SACD


I AM IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CD PLAYER. I HAVE ROUNDED MY OPTIONS TO THE KRELL 280 OR 300, THE WADIA-830 AND THE SONY SCDX777ES. SAN ANTONIO DOESN'T HAVE ANY SHOPS TO LET ME AUDITION SO I MUST GO THROUGH YOU GUY'S. PLEASE HELP.
LET ME KNOW THE BEST WAY TO GO.
THANKS
tadba287
It's not that easy, whats the rest of your system? what are you going for in the sound of your system? Why buy a multichannel sacd player if you only want redbook? Help us out a little, (turn off the capital letters). Lots of good redbook players out there for sale.
The SCD 777es is better sounding than the multi-channel XA777es. I own the former but given the choice I would opt for them in this order
1) Wadia
2) Krell
3) Sony
Unless you are looking to mod any of these. Then these suggestions go completely out the window.

Remember, do not buy a source to go with your system, buy a system to go with your source. The source is always by far the most important link in the chain.
I own both a Dan Wright modded Sony DVP-NS999ES with tube stage, and an Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP, and I have a hard time telling the two apart in an A/B comparison. Both have incredible dynamics and soundstage. The modded Sony costs approx. $1600, the EMC-1UP $4000. The Sony offers the added flexibility of SACD and DVD playback. Which would you choose?
If you are only interested in playing cd's, then the Wadia for sure. If SACD's are in your near future, then you're probably best off with the Sony.
Depends on what your main sources are. If you have a decent CD collection then go for the Wadia. I wouldn't count on SACD as a format delivering whatever music or musicians you want to listen to. It will take years if ever that you get what you want on any other format than CD.
Good luck!
I have a Sony SCD-1, and live in San Antonio. You are more than welcome to come listen to it. For comparison, you can also listen to a Resolution Audio Opus 21 my brother has. If you are interested, send me an email.

Justin
www.gcaudio.com
Galen is Excellent and in San Antonio, I purchased my Gamut CD1R from him and I've done business with him for the past 5 years. If I didn't buy the Gamut I would have bought the Wadia. I have a large Red book Collection. I listened to the Sony 777ES and wasn't impressed on red book.
Yeah, I'd have to agree with the others on their comments about the Sony scd777es. I recently bought one and now I'm searching for a good DAC for redbook play. This isn't all bad since I can use the Sony as a good transport for CD's for now and the SACD playback is good. With a few SACD's in particular, the Sony was the best I've ever heard, not that I'm the most experienced audiophile around. But you might have noticed their aren't too many SACD titles around yet. This format confusion is really kind of annoying.
I had the XA777ES, but got a Wadia 861.

My 10 SACDs are left sitting on the rack, but I haven't cared one bit.
Wife went out of town for a few days, house all to myself..spl's on the + side of normal!! The XA777 has a steady feed of multichannel, two channel sacd's...along with plenty of redbook cd's. Sure glad I'm not stuck with a redbook only player. Just put in an order for five more sacd's from Amazon music store, all were under $15.00 with free shipping. Also bought a couple of redbook cd's..same price as the sacd's. Nothing left sitting in my rack!! Everything gets played.

Dave