Well I heard the 500V, and while I was very tempted to get it at first, I must say the 9000 horribly blows it away sound quality wise by a very far margin. There's just way more resolution and detail and treble detail, and you get a much better inner picture of the music. So I guess you get what you pay for.
On the other hand, if I had a solid redbook player, the 500V becomes a very tempting option to add multichannel SACDs onto the source. And it makes a decent DVD player to boot. In fact if I got a 2 channel source today, I'd strongly consider the 500V in the future to add on the multichannel SACD capability.
|Well, if you're not going to have a surplus of cash in the near future, go w/ the best you can afford now.
I wish it were that simple...but there's way more to it then that, if you take a peak at what people have to say about the various players on Audio Asylum. Some say the 9000 sounds better than the 777, some say the 555 blows them both away, some say the 222 beats the 333...etc etc. There's a hell of a lot of research to do just within Sony's own SACD players I've discovered, if you want the best bang for the buck. Of course you could mod any of these players, but I don't intend to do that because one, shipping to and from Hawaii isn't fun and I don't have a car to go running to the Post Office with, two, if I were to mod I'd probably get a cheaper unit which ruins the point of the "cheaper" unit, and three, I don't want to risk the warranty. Whatever player I get, I am going to stay with for a loooong time...especially since these monsters all weigh over 20lbs.