Originally Posted by LS2JSTS
Kind of makes you wonder about the soundness of the business plan behind the XA5400.....I'm geeked for it, but just how alone are we?
I don't think Sony expects their top end SACD players to be big sellers, especially at the $3000 price point like the XA9000ES. They also only seem to make one about every 3-5 years, which suggests they are primarily statement pieces made for their loyal high end enthusiasts (like you and me).
The XA5400ES is really a phenomenal 2 channel player. I have mine fully broken in now, and I'm amazed how good it is.
Edit: If you are just looking for DSD via HDMI, I'd go with a less expensive player. This player is only worth it if you're after the great 2 channel DAC.