Summary: I'm pretty disappointed with this unit (I have the black one). I bought it to replace a 15 year old Denon player. Sound quality is acceptable out of the box but you'll need to play with the different sound filters and profiles to find one that you like. I purchased this in April, 2011; after almost 4 years the unit has started skipping randomly, even on CDs with no visible scuffs, scratches, or dirt/dust.
Summary: Excellent audiophile grade player when it works. My 2-yr old unit bought from Amazon crapped out last month. Stated with skipping play a few times randomly, to not ejecting Disc. Now it just won't recognize most discs I put in. Checked a few forums on the net, not a singular event for me, quite a few owners have the same issues!
Dependable player, but a disaster for programmers.
8 October 2014
Summary: This is a 5 star SACD player for listeners who never use programming. I've had the black of the C-S5VL model for about 3 years now, and I have rarely had a tracking problem. Very reliable. It boots up SACDs immediately, but you usually have to wait anywhere from 5 to 25 seconds for a regular CD to boot up. But once it does, it plays all CDs well. However, I like to program, and this is definitely a loser for programmers.
Summary: I figured with CDs on the way out, it was time to ditch the cranky six disc player and get one I could rely on for awhile. I never believed those who claimed there is a difference in sound quality, but I decided to upgrade anyway. I'm glad I did. This machine is fantastic. Everything is much sharper and clearer. Music that used to sound like it was recorded in a tin can is now crisp and clean.
Summary: I have had this player for a short time and the one I have is problematic. The sound quality is excellent amazing compaired to some players but it goes nuts occasionally. It'll be playing fine then all of a sudden it starts playing backwards FAST and there's no stopping it except for shutting it off and unplugging it so it regains it's sanity. I'm going to send it out to get it fixed. Follow up reviews may be coming depending on what Onkyo says.
Summary: I ordered and received this product in November, 2012, from Amazon Warehouse Deals. Unfortunately I did not hook it up and turn it on until July 11, 2013, only to find that it's defective. It accepts discs known to play well, but does not play them; instead after "reading" it displays "no disc." On opening, the unread disc has rotated approximately 45 degrees, or 45 degrees and some multiple of 360 degrees.
Summary: This was the first SACD player I have ever bought. It is also the first Onkyo player I've ever bought. I cleaned the lens regularly, and never moved it once I located it in my stereo cabinet. It has been the most cantankerous CD player I have ever owned. I've owned it for maybe two years at best. It was by far the slowest reader, the slowest to open and close. Sometimes it absolutely refused to read a CD.
Summary: This player is a bargain. It's adequately made and performs adequately. It has a pretty good sounding digital output but the sound quality of the analog outputs are not up to the quality available on SACD discs.
Summary: I wanted this to replace the OPPO DVD player I was using as a CD player and gain more control over programming individual tracks. It does do that. It does not sound as good as the OPPO unit. The controls are most annoying. It is the only thing I have ever owned that goes into about 45 seconds of "Reading" when you push the button to open the drawer. Why? Darned if I know! I have also had a Sony SACD player that wounded better, too.