Summary: First off this player is dead quiet! I was really expecting a little more in terms of openess since my last cdp purchase over 10 years ago. (Tjoeb 4000, which is a marantz and sounds a bit more open) This is a warm sounding player, not bright or peppy. Very natural sound to it. On piano discs it is the bomb.Being able to hook up a Ipod to it is nice but it sounds a little hard, discs are nicer. The SACD thing I will never get, I have redbook discs that sound better.
Summary: I really like my Marantz SA 8004 sacd player. Funny, I read some of the less enthusiastic reviews, then read the one from the Odyssey amp owner. Viola. He feels the same as me. Guess what, I own an Odyssey stratus extreme amp. Hmm, either the player matches well with the amp or some of the other reviewers equipment may not be up to snuff? Possibly I don't know what I'm talking about too, I guess? But, my ears say I do.
Summary: I did not buy the SA8004 for its connectivity so i'm only commenting on the sound. My sample was not killer as some "pro" reviews seem to suggest. It was very good but not exceptional. Compared to players that I also have on hand such as Denon A100, Pioneer DV58, Emotiva ERC2, even Marantz' own SA8001 it was only midpack. The 8004 has fantastic bass and dynamics. The problem is the midrange.
Summary: I will keep this short; after years of listening to the best equipment in the world being brought to the few CAN JAM events I had been able to attend. I had pretty much figured out the Meridian and Marantz players were to my ears the best of the bunch in their corresponding price ranges. Being under budget and already having tried several other CD players; I got a great price on an SA 8004 demo piece from Music Direct.