Summary: I have been upgrading my sound system for the last 3 years and realized that I had everything staged to try out multchannel music. My pre-amps and amplifiers were Emotiva, speakers were Polk LSI's.
Summary: Granted, disc players are becoming extinct, but still have a few years left. This player does a fantastic job on analog, two channel playback. I have not heard it through HDMI, but in that case I expect the other end to be the main sound factor. On two-channel, analog out this player shines.
Summary: Briefly, this SACD XA5400ES is comparable to the best under $4k in terms of build quality and sound characteristics. The Red Book CD sounds better than expected from a SACD player and the SACD is full measure to compete with more expensive players.
Summary: supeeraudiocd ( sa-cd ) is agreat format and CAN sound really "high end analog" if you choose the correct player. firstly i buyed a entry level marantz sa-cd player which disappointment me so much that i sold it.
Summary: I have owned this super audio cd player for three months after my XA555ES died of old age with no hope of repairing due to lack of spare parts. Initially I bought It out of necessity because of lack of funds for something better and of the good performance of my previous ES player.
Summary: I agree completely with what Music Buff stated. This is an absolutely fantastic player and Sony has done an outstanding job with this one. I was absolutely stunned by how much better this player is compared to my other players ( which were Meridian 506.24, Rotel 971 & 1072, Sony DVP9000es and 999es,...
Summary: I was looking for an alternative for my aging Sony CDP XA50ES and although I had another CDP-XB930QS as backup, I defenately wanted a new player. SACD is not that important to me as there are few SACD recordings - I own at maximum 20 SACD's - so the main reason for bying this player was CD playback.
Summary: This may be Sony's final statement on SACD and CD playback as they transition to Blue Ray. If so, Sony has given an awesome gift to the "audiophile" community. I have been using Sony CD players for 20 years and this unit is light years better then anything I've had in my system.
Summary: Most of my CDs have been ripped and are played through a DAC. However, i have about 120 SACD's that can't be ripped (easily) and needed to update my 2003 Sony 9000ES and after reading several reviews of this piece of gear I purchased it.