This may seem silly, but the best sounding pcdp I have out of the ones I've owned has been an old Panasonic Sl-S180. The shock protection is non-existent, but the sound quality tromps all over anything else that I've used. The S-XBS in these older models is actually really nice-- it doesn't ruin the sound quality like so many of today's Sony's do.
Is it strange for me to go looking for something like an SL-S292 (which has 10 second shock protection, and 25 hour battery life, but not much else in the way of features)? I mainly just need something to be portable enough for me to walk out to the kitchen, or go frmo the bedroom to the couch, or desk, etc. So G-Protection, or even 40 second shock isn't necessary.
I've already got a D-25S and a Panasonic SL-CT790 (which I will end up selling just cause I won't need it).
Anyone else found this "regression factor" kicking in, aside from wanting to go "old school Sony"?