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post #361 of 368 Old 03-17-2016, 10:05 AM
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That is strange, I've never really come across a SACD the XA5400ES can't play. I assume it's not a hybrid SACD, though that shouldn't matter.

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I don't know what the rest of your system is like, but in a very revealing system the 5400ES doesn't come close to the BDP-95 or 105.

I sold my 5400ES and my Ayre C5xe because I just wasn't using them any more.

The 5400ES is a lot better than a lot of other players, but the SABRE DAC chips in the 95 and 105 are state-of-the-art.

They sound better than most players costing up to $8000.
Why $8000? Why not $7000 or $9000? Are you including taxes and shipping charges?
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Commsysman wrote: I don't know what the rest of your system is like, but in a very revealing system the 5400ES doesn't come close to the BDP-95 or 105.

I disagree. One of my systems is either balanced analog from an Ayre C-5xeMP through Parasound JC 2 BP to JC 1 mono blocks that drive KEF Reference 107/2 or Sony XA5400ES HDMI through a Bryston SP3 to the JC 2 BP or Oppo 105D HDMI through the SP3 to the JC 2 BP. Another system is either Oppo 105 HDMI though a Cary Cinema 12 to a Parasound A 21 amp that drives KEF LS50s or balanced analog from a Sony XA5400ES to the Cinema 12. Previously, both the Oppo and the Sony went direct to the JC 2. The Ayre is my clear choice for stereo; the Oppo is excellent with BDs, but less good with CDs and SACDs; the Sony balanced analog is very good with CDs and excellent with SACDs.
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The Ayre is my clear choice for stereo; the Oppo is excellent with BDs, but less good with CDs and SACDs; the Sony balanced analog is very good with CDs and excellent with SACDs.
Yep, the true magic in the XA5400es are its analog outputs. It was designed for SACD but I love its voicing on CDs as well. If one is looking for a mere CD transport to be passed by HDMI, there are probably better players.

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Yep, the true magic in the XA5400es is its analog outputs. It was designed for SACD but I love its voicing on CDs as well.
It doesn't look like the difference you heard was due to voicing of the player.



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Anyone still using this spinner?
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Anyone still using this spinner?
I still love mine for both CD and SACD playback. I've really put my unit through its paces in the past five years and likely have as many hours on it as anyone I know of. The only problem that has ever arisen is a sticky tray drive that occasionally needs a nudge to close these days.

I dread the day it fails and I have to go looking for another disc player.
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I have two of them. I think they sound especially good with SACDs.
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