Originally Posted by geared4me
Were you able to give it some listening time this weekend?
Yes, I was able to give it a good try. I sampled every format and, without an exception, this unit amazed my ears. I've always had a passion for music and, as a result, have always been acquiring newer technologies and equipment. I could usually hear some improvement with each of these, however, the SCD-XA5400ES is BY FAR the most dramatic improvement in sound quality that I have ever experienced. The only downside to my listening pleasure this weekend was the failure out of the box of the lighted display.....which never was visible. I have tried unplugging etc....no display. I am, for this reason, a bit disappointed with Sony as an "ES" unit has a malfuntion right out of the box. I will now need to get this unit replaced before I can enjoy all of the functionality this unit offers. However, for sheer audio enjoyment, this unit scores a 10+!!