I own a Pioneer Elite DV09 unit also along with several other CD and DVD players. I can tell you the DV09 is built like a tank. In the day, Pioneer's Elite equipment was definitely overbuilt. The DV09 is by far one of the best "transports" I have ever used. It simply is superior than most as a transport. the construction and quality of the unit is amazing. Most people were using it as a DVD players and when the newer units came out with HDMI, etc. people got rid of their DV09 units for the ones with the latest bells and whistles. However, if you use it as transport CD player only and add a quality DAC, you would be very hard pressed to find another combination today that can beat it. I run my DV09 unit into a Theta DS Pro gen VA DAC and wow, what sound. Soundstage, imaging, presentation, bass, mids, highs are "there". I always tell friends that if they want high end quality sound for a inexpensive price, grab a DV09 for about $200-$300 and a quality DAC and not much comes close. Really!!! I have compared the DV09 as a transport with many "high-end" CD or DVD players as transports into the Theta DAC and it won hands down each time. My Pioneer Elite DV-79Avi DVD players actually sounds as good as a transport also, but I'm using it as a dedicated DVD player. It has HDMI output. Seriously, My Pioneer Elite PD 65 CD player currently used in my office sound system sounds wonderful as a CD player and much better as a transport also.
All of the people that got rid of their DV09 unit because they weren't using it as a CD transport into a DAC basically made it much easier for the rest of us to find a really high-end quality CD transport. The DAC converter in the DV09 isn't quite up to snuff for me and that is why I run it into my Theta DAC. Try it, you will be amazed.