X2 on the marantz. It has received some very positive reviews. All of them have one point in common they make. They all say it's very analog. One reviewer says that after owning it, it makes no sense to spend thousands on anything else including marantz's own reference line. I've never been one to put a whole lot of stock into magazine reviews but with so many positive things said about it from other owners I decided to take a chance, and I'm really glad I did. It's the best sounding sacd player I've owned as well. I auditioned the sony mention at a meet and it's also a very nice sounding player. I think the marantz is more evolving and organic, but I don't have both side by side to compare. If all you were looking for is a sacd player in the 1000.00 range I would highly recommend it. But this thing also has digital inputs that accept up to 192k, usb that accept up to 92k(asynchronous I believe) and it's also compatible with idevices so you can just plug in your ipod and extract the digital output from it. These are not gimmicks either. All of the inputs I've tried sound at least as good as the cd player. For 1000.00 you can have all of your cake and eat to. I quickly sold my ps audio digital link III after receiving this player. It's quiet a step up from that and I also got rid of a 1700.00 moon audio cd player as well. The sima moon tried to sound analog, organic, musical etc. by being warm, the marantz actually does it without sacrificing neutrality. It sounds purely organic, analog, an involving, but also sounds neutral to my ears. The build quality is exceptional, and the transport is ultra quiet. This thing is very solid an sounds even better than it looks. I'm truly impressed by it, and I'm not one of those people who believes in source first either.