I now have a 14 year old Sony DVP-S9000ES which does not play multi channel SACD. The OPPO and Sony SCD-XA5400ES will play multi channel SACD. The Sony outputs multi channel DSD over HDMI, while the OPPO outputs multi channel analog. Both players output balanced and unbalanced analog stereo SACD and CD; and, both units output digital S/PDIF CD from coaxial and optical connection. The Sony has an A+ rating from Stereophile Magizine. The Sony has a 5 year warranty. I have not heard a bad review of either the Sony or OPPO by those that own one or the other. Some professional reviewers say the Sony sounds better while others say the OPPO sounds better. I do not know which I prefer as I have not heard any of my SACD's or CD's on either unit, thus my conundrum. The Sony's DSD output is most appealing but I will need to buy a preamp with DSD decoding capability to enjoy multi channel. The OPPO is appealing because it outputs multi channel RCA which can sent to my multi channel analog preamp.
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