This thread is about Sony's swansong cd-player, one of the best they ever made - allegedly.
It sells as a medium priced unit, however is compared with units 10x its worth - not typical Sony I'd say.
Released end 2008 it was quickly discontinued in 2009, mere months later - funny, that.
Oh, it is still sold, in the US of all places - even funnier, that.
So I bought one there last month, and have got it here - a pleasure, that I can assure you.
I notice that this thread is a bickering contest between those who like to moan/criticize/argument and those who actually like their equipment.
Moaners, pls note that it actually takes a willing attitude to hear any differences, and the type of character you display here clearly indicates that you lack not only this but also a decent system to listen to, car speakers don't cut it, really, and neither do your MP3's.
I am also hallucinating that I hear astonishing differences with this player, and I had a 55ES before which I though was nice enough. It was actually, until I got this one, the old one is gathering dust now.
I've got Madonna True Colors in vinyl and on cd. NEVER during the past 10 years has anyone chosen the cd version as sounding better, tested blind that is. Quite funny actually, as my Linn borders on antique equipment.
Oh, I lie, last week a friend choose the cd as best sounding. Ominous that, the only thing different was the player.
But I know, the naysayers will argue that he was even older than me, and drunk, senile and deaf as a doornail. Fwiw, you are com-ple-te-ly correct.....