Hmmm. I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't ventured into SACD yet, although I've been looking at the X-05 (and even the SA-60) very keenly. That would explain my clamping comment. :)
Too bad to see the few that popped up for sale so quick(the X-05), and the so-so reviews. Although I found a thread in Japan ..... a guy who bought it said it gives "cool vocie", but really went to town w/ the right IC's. I like the black model.
Unfortunately, for the price I could buy a very nice tube integrated AND a good source. I heard the X-03SE , through the wall (it was occupied at the dealer), sounded amazing. But for that price I might as well get what I really want , the Pink Faun.
You can run Sirius out of the computer, you can even get a "cd quality"-upgrade (128), but the XDAC wouldn't accept that anyway. I'd really rather not rely on the computer, but I'd like to try it, and my gf has all her stuff on iTunes. We've got an iMac G5 (pre-Intel).
I looked at the Bel Canto. I don't think I can get her to come around to like it. It's also kind-of expensive for what I'm budgeting. The point was ..... once I finally got her attention on the MF gear,she really dug it. She's important to me.
Compared to my old studio, it's like a retirement home w/ nice wood floors. At least it's not as dusty. So I can actually think about having some nice gear finally. It's been a long time.
I'll shoot you a note when I get my new player. :)