Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

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Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by audiophile101 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:22 am

I'm interested in upgrading to a SACD player in the near future and have been reading astonishing reviews about the Sony SCD-XA9000ES and XA777ES SACD Players. Does anybody have any experience with these? They seem like a great deal for the money. Stereophile had the XA9000ES on the A+ recommended components.

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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by OBI56 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:46 am

Ask F1nut about these audiophile101, he seems to know his SACD players pretty well and has recommended a few specific Sonys in the past.
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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by F1nut » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:53 pm

The XA777ES does SACD ok, the redbook lacks big time. I couldn't sell it fast enough. The XA9000ES is about the same. However, the modded versions are much better, so I'd recommend looking at one of those.

IMO, all the stock Sony players, be it SACD/CD or just CD have the Sony house sound, which I would describe as sterile or non-musical, if you prefer. Some people like their sound analytical, if that's you then a stock Sony player is just what the doctor ordered.

Note: The Stereophile rating is for it's SACD playback only, not for the redbook.
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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by audiophile101 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:05 pm

How did they play regular CD's?

To be honest My current cd player is a Sony DVP-S7700. I bought/sold a Jolida JD-700 tube player, borrowed some friends players, ect... and I keep coming back to this one. I spent a whole bunch of money trying to replace this player. No luck yet.

They were quite expensive when new but you can grab them up for under $150 all the time on ebay. I think it sounds good but I don't know were to look. Maybe I should just leave it alone? I want SACD playback and thats the main reason for the upgrade.

How about the Marantz SA-8001? I hear good stuff with the Oppo but are they honestly that good? I'm not looking for "Yeah, it's the best bang for the buck". I want a good player period. I'm not rich but I know you get what you pay for.

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Post by F1nut » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:27 pm

audiophile101 wrote:How did they play regular CD's?
"I would describe as sterile or non-musical, if you prefer."

I haven't heard that Marantz, but a friend bought one and he likes it. The upper end Marantz players aren't bad. The older SA-1 was their statement player, very good. The SA-11 is pretty good.

Oppo isn't in the same league.
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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by audiophile101 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:36 pm

What would you recommend? Whats your favorite cd/sacd player F1?

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Post by F1nut » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:35 am

How much are you looking to spend?
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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by audiophile101 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:46 am

A little as possible. :D

I don't have any set budget in mind so keep it around the same price as the Sony's mentioned above please.

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Re: Sony SCD-XA9000ES or XA777ES SACD Players???

Post by audiophile101 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:37 pm

Scratch this. I don't think I'm going to buy either one of these.

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