I'm using an older Pioneer Elite dv59avi. It's an excellent deck for SACD, DVD-A and CD's. Thinking of buying an Oppo but not sure I would gain anything. Someone posted that in bypass there is no subwoofer channel. That is not so for me when I'm playing SACD's and DVD-A audio. I also have sub frequencies when playing CD's in bypass mode too. The only time my sub doesn't play is if I put in a CD and then turn on 5 channel music and the music gets processed.. If I listen to the CD in analog the sub plays too. Pretty sure my Newcastle amp worked this way too.
Directv broadcasts most of its channels in DD so it's nice to have the dynamics of that format. The one wierd this is that I have to go into the setup menu to change my front speakers. When I press the SPKR button on the remote it isn't an option. This is not huge problem since I have my speakers equalized the way I like them. I don't believe in setup disks or room correction software. My ears are my judge and they do a fine job of tweaking the sound in my listening room.
For 699.99 there really isn't much to look at for comparison. Maybe the outlaw processor and the Motiva. The Outlaw is pretty much barebones but got good reviews for sound. The Motiva unit is suppose to be buggy but maybe they worked these bugs out. Has anyone compared any other processors to the Sherbourn?