I apologize for being all over the place on this post but I am tired..i just had to share this!!
I got my SA-8004 last week along a Schiit Asgard..got it set up today and have been playing it with everything I've got! What a combo!! They make my GS1000's come to life! I had listened to the SA-8001back at the Florida Can Jam...soundwise same league (a good thing) except I not have my Ipod/PC available as a source and it has the optical out for my receiver. I have listened to both CD's and SACD's..solid sound; not complaints..WOW.
If I were to upgrade it would have to be a Meridian machine that istestament of how good this CD player is...it beats the Cambridge 840 CD player..i had considered an Oppo player or a SABRE 32 DAC but the versatility of the SA-8004 and the price $799 (Open Box) could'nt be beat.