thanks alebonau. I'm at a point where I'm realizing it may be a more wise investment to opt for a "dedicated" type player this time around as opposed to settling for a "universal" player. My priority is good CD performance, I have a large collection of RedBook titles. In addition I own like 120 SACD's, 40 DVD-A's, 15 HDCD's (most of which are Joni Mitchell titles), and maybe 8 or 10 DualDisc's. It would be nice to have a player capable of playing, both, stereo and multi-channel layer on hybrid SACD titles, I really love the multi-channel music sound. I am happy listening to stereo SACD tracks though.
I've been using a Denon DVD-3930CI universal player for the last four years as my "music" machine, it really does yield excellent sound quality for all these formats. Has great features- ie. bass management, source direct, AL24 processing, etc.,...However it has been a little fragile here and there. I've experienced a few laser assembly failures, had to send unit back to Denon factory service like three time ($300.00 per event). Although it has operated fairly consistent now for over a year (knock-on-wood). I do experience occasional "freezing" when playing CD sources. I just love the sound but am getting sick of inconsistent/random behavior.
Of course it's very tempting to go for the Oppo BDP-95. The initial owner comments seem to support very good highly resolving 2ch analog sound (although ultimate "sound character" will rely upon your other system components). I like that it has both balanced (XLR) and single-ended (RCA) connections. Also the Oppo has all the cool functions, like the latest HDMI audio (2ch/5.1ch, DSD, etc.,...), I would have options of using Audyssey or pure direct analog path. My only concern is stablility over time, whether it will hiccup or exhibit some other failure or "frailure"
My BDP-83SE had the common disc tray failure, I had to send it back, they replaced the unit (which is great service).
I could go with another (newer) Denon (ie. DBP-4010UDCI, DBP-2012UDCI).
That Arcam CD37 looks good at comparable price.
I really like the combination of features on the Sony SCD-XA5400ES. I may opt for one if I can find it.
Thing is I need something to play DVD-A and HDCD (although HDCD titles also have CD layer).
Anyway getting closer to pulling the trigger