|The way I've seen it said is that Sony SACD players often sound "sterile" compared to many non-mass-market CD-only players like Arcam, Musical Fidelity, Rega, etc.
That I can understand...and I wish they'd state that that's their reasons! As an example, I prefer the 9000ES to the Rega Jupiter for redbook because I personally believe that when I'm paying more and more for a CDP, that one thing it should be able to do is extract more and more information from the disc. And in that aspect, I think the 9000ES betters the Jupiter in being able to extract more details out of a CD. Now on the other hand I imagine that most people think of "better redbook" as a player that completely smooths out every last bit of sibilance, to make music sound as natural and free flowing as possible. Some think better redbook equals the most realistic sounding music as possible, or the most "musical" player. So on, so forth. In these cases a person would probably take the Jupiter over the 9000ES.
But for the record, I don't think the 9000ES sounds sterile at all. I do think the SCD-1 and 333ES sound a bit sterile compared back to the 9000ES though. Then there's that XA777ES which supposedly sounds insanely musical and totally bucks the trend...