My only comment is on the Sony XA7ES since I own one. It drives my amp directly and sounds its best this way - bypassing the preamp all together. For the price, you can't go wrong. Its a very good sounding player on its own and you can improve it some with an outboard DAC (but then you'll likely need a preamp with the DAC). I should also mention that the Sony controls and layout make a lot of sense, both the front panel and the remote. It's a very well thought out player. I have a much higher-end player (Cary 306/200) that is a total mess ergonomically compared to the Sony.
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