The S9000 (the SACD one) will output a 24/96 signal from its digital out, I believe--check the many posts on this unit, it has gotten a lot of good feedback. And you get SACD too. Your last question is a little confusing--for a signal to be "upsampled" to 24/96, all you need is a regular 16/44 digital output. I assumed that what you were asking was if the player could output a 24/96 signal on a disc that would permit that information to be passed (and most if not all DVD-A discs, as opposed to the Chesky and Classic DADs, will not permit that signal to be passed through the digital out) to a 24/96 DAC. Anyway, check the other threads on this unit to see what others think of the 9000 as a CD player and a transport. My recollection is that a decent DAC like the MSB would be an improvement over the standard Sony analog stage in the unit, but that's what you'd expect given the Sony's price point.
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