As I had replied in the other forum, I really like this player. I have had it about 2 months. The variation in opinions is due to the systems the posters have. I have this system: JD100->Audioquest IC->Aragon pre-amp->Blue Jeans cable LC-1 IC->Bel Canto M300s->Anti-Cables->Von Schweikert VR-4 JR. The high end detail is crisp and clear, the soundstaging is wide and tall, the bottom end is tight without any bloating, and the midrange is very natural. I bought mine from Underwood Hi Fi (Walter) and it has the "mini-mod". He has been wonderful to work with. Of all the players we talked about, he recommended this one, knowing the system I was using. It beats the Classe and the Ah Tjoeb 4000 with upsampler I used before it. I have not yet tried other tubes because I like it the way it is. If you want more info, you can email me. Good luck!