That is an awesome SACD player, Markl. I know that you will like the mods that SACDmod does.
You do know that Mccormack Audio is making an Universal player and that it will come out this fall (September 2003)?
Here is a link to the info:http://www.mccormackaudio.com/udp1.html
The McCormack UDP-1 Universal Disc Player is an audiophile quality audio/video disc player, designed to extract the full potential of these new high-resolution formats. The UDP-1 will automatically recognize and play CDs, CDRs (including MP3 files), SACDs, DVD-As and DVDs.
The UDP-1’s 24 bit/192 kHz Burr Brown DACs extract all the information contained in the new high-resolution DVD-A and SACD discs. Built in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding enable optimal multi-channel playback of DVD video discs. McCormack’s analog circuits with their own dedicated discrete regulated power supplies maintain the musical integrity of the audio signals.
Images are treated with equal respect. A 54MHz, 10-bit video DAC assures high quality DVD picture quality. Composite, S-Video, and Component Video (interlaced or progressive scan) outputs assure that you will be able to fully utilize the capabilities of your video monitor.
For the ultimate in music and cinema sound and for ease of use, connect the six analog outputs of the UDP-1 to a McCormack MAP-1 multi-channel analog preamplifier, with a McCormack DNA-HT5 to power your speakers. With the UDP-1, you can discover the extraordinary potential of music surround with SACD and DVD-A recordings.
Let us know how the 555 player works for you after the mods. Are you still going to use the Kenwood Sovereign for DVD-A? Or are you going to SACD?