Originally Posted by tyrion
The 7xe is the newer model referred to as the "evolution". They typically are listed on Audiogon for $1600 to $2000. There is one for sale now that is $2200 and two others for $1900 (sold) and $1775. My thought is that a warranty is better than no warranty all else being equal.
I've heard the Naim 5x and 5i and felt that there was not nearly enough of a difference to justify the higher cost of the 5x unless you plan to add a Naim power supply which can't be done with the 5i. To me the Meridians have a different sound sig from the Ayre. In the end, it's the OP's ears that must like the cdp. Best bet is to try to audition as many as you can or just take the plunge in the used market knowing you are likely not lose much if you sell to try something else.
Naim would be a bit darker sounding. Add that the powersupply isn't cheap as well, making for an expensive cdplayer.
Heard alot of good things about the eyre 7xe.
If you would buy reputable second hand player, you woun't loose much, if any, if you were to sell it again.