If you want SACD and use one of the cheaper blu ray players form Sony, the aforementioned bpd-s6700m, you'll need to be able to accommodate hdmi. The cheapest blu ray player with analog outputs (2 channel) is the Sony ubp-x1000es. I can be had for a few pennies under 500 bucks. After that is the new pioneer udp-lx500, if you need analog. You could look for a used oppo 103, 105 etc. 200 series used players are still too expensive.
I am looking to replace my older oppo bdp-95 with a dedicated cd/sacd player. I'm considering the new arcam cds50. It's 1200 bucks, plays sacd, and most importantly plays music from usb and has some networking features for streaming services (which I don't use). It uses the ESS 9038 dac as well. I had some exchanges with the us Harman guy about the implementation of the 8 channel dac. I asked if they were running 4 channels parallel for each side, fr/fl. He said they had not decided whether or not to publish the configuration of the dac, however he did say he could say they are using more than 2 channels and getting the most out of the 9038. I also asked about DSD playback from USB as that's missing as a format from usb playback in the website and manual. It seemed odd that it could playback a SACD but not DSD from USB. It made me suspicious that the player was converting to PCM, which made no sense as the 9038 is surely capable. The harman guy got a response from Arcam and they tested DSD (DFF) from usb and it played back fine, but not at all sample rates. I'm guessing they played back DSD64, 128, and 256, but not all sample rates played back. I suggested they update the literature on usb capability. It will not play back DSD from the network. Player has two sets of analog outputs, balanced and RCA.
Another option I'm considering is the Marantz cd8006, but it doesn't have SACD playback. I'm looking at sending my SACDs off to a ripping service and having them all ripped to DSD. The marantz can playback DSD64 and 128 from usb devices, and 256 from computer hookup. I only have 30, so the cost is 150 bucks+ cost of a small hard drive, 50 bucks (a 256 gb usb drive would work). I've kinda of given up on SACD and limit myself to cd or high resolution downloads. Typically you can find the same album as a dSD download or flac hi rez download cheaper than the 30 bucks for the SACD. I also have an Oppo 203 in the rack and could just continue to use it for SACD only, but I'd like to take advantage of the marantz analog out stage of the 8006, which is supposed to be very nice.
For a while I considered the Marantz SA-KI Ruby SACD player, but at 4k, it might be a bit much. I still think about it sometimes, but at 38 lbs it's a beast. The usb port is in the back and pulling that out everytime I want to change or add something to the usb device would be a bear. The rear is not accessible in my rack. (It's an ethan allen furniture type TV stand). The manual says a usb extension type cord should'n't be used, so that kinda sucks. The player is a special edition, and a new player the SA12 is out in Japan, and I suspect will come stateside next year, will be a bit cheaper, and build quality a bit less, but still with the near same internals and specs. I may see what that sells for before doing anything. The 8006 has the USB port in the front, so that's why I moved to considering it.
Anyway, I'll be following this thread with any other suggestions anyone has. I may just also stick with my Oppos]. (95 for music play back, 203 for movies). Or could replace the Oppo with the new Pioneer LX500, which is the cheapest of all my options, but I'm really leaning towards a dedicated player for music vs universal.
Supercharged Song Towers, Oppo BDP-203, Anthem MRX-520, LG B6 OLED
Headphone Rig: Oppo BDP-95, Burson Audio Soloist MKII Headphone amp/ Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD650
Last edited by glangford; 12-11-2018 at 02:08 AM.