It's here, it's here!!!!!
Looks and feels just like the C333ES, that is to say, absolutely AWESOME for a changer. The changer mechanism is very quiet and just glides along without that alarming "thunk" sound. I used to own a CAL CL-10 5-disc changer which at the time was the best changer ever made, ran about $1600 around 4 years ago. The 333ES/555ES just beats it in terms of beauty, functionality, logic, and overall apparent build. It also completely trounces the two other $1000 DVD-changers I've owned. If this player is as easy to use as the 333ES, the 555 should be equally smooth-functioning, with the least amount of operational "quirks" of any player/DVD-player I've owned. Everything does what it's supposed to do. Nice.
The Cardas jacks Matthew Anker installed are just plain SWEET, big beefy and sturdy as hell. The work to the rear in intalling the jacks and the IEC cord are immaculate. I'll peek inside later tonight and sniff around.
To top it off, Sony included 2 multi-channel SACDs as a surprise gift. I got Sacred Feast: Gaudeamus directed by Paul Halley, appears to be choral music. Also got Midori, Imai, Esenbach playing Mozart. Not a big classical freak (yet) but I appreciate this nice little extra!
OK, how's it sound after about 2.5 hours and 3 CDs? Well, I've got a big ol grin on my face. So far so good!
This is one POWERFUL, BIG, and DEEP sound. Tight, full bass very punchy and rythmic, has me rockin'. Later tonight, after some more CDs, I'll post more specific thoughts. Cheers, and thanks for your interest in my Sony hot-rodding adventures!
radrd, as for the Zu power cord, I listened to the BoK on my Emmeline HR-2 to break it in. The designer warns against making any hasty judgements before the 200 hour mark, and so far I only had about 48 on it when last I listened to it. I can see why he wants you to wait for break in. Not bad, but lacking a lot of the things that the Virtual Dynamics Power 2 (that usually sits on my HR-2) brings to the table. Maybe it will like the Sony better, or will improve over break-in. I have decided I will probably try at least one more cord on the 555ES. I will include that shoot-out when it happens here in this thread.