ES Super Audio CD Player w/HDMI Output
Amazingly Articulate. Perfection!
While doing initial research on SACD players I had read several reviews of this unit and thought that perhaps the writers had sprinkled a bit too many superlatives upon it. So when I settled on purchasing it and connected it to the STR-DA5800 I was truly not prepared for the experience.
From CDs created using older analog masters all the way to full digital recordings, I was astonished to be hearing sounds and subtleties that I had never heard before! In many ways it was like listening to these discs new again. Not only does this unit reveal nuances about a vocalist or instrument that you'd never heard before, everything seems tight, real and solid. I know these terms are very subjective but when you listen to this player you will know what I mean. The words to describe the sumptuous reconstruction of the digital data on-disc requires someone with a vocabulary more expressive than mine.
SACDs of course sound phenomenal with the added dimension of surround processing. Have fun with these. But what this unit does for your plain old 15 year old, red book CDs will make you want to listen to them all over again. It is a clear testament to the advantage of inventing a format and then re-inventing by crafting the SCD-XA5400ES.
What Sony has done here is both remarkable and marvelous.
November 15, 2013
A Great Player
I purchased the SCD-XA5400ES about a year ago from the Sony Store sight, or should I say, sound unheard. It was based on extensive research including professional reviews (Stereo Review) and actual owner/user reviews. Based on all the positive feedback, my decision paid off. Just for some background info, I have an older ADCOM amplifier and ADCOM preamp/tuner unit. Mostly, however, I find myself listening through headphones (an old Sony pair). My musical tastes are varied, including classic rock, pop, classical and jazz. This Sony unit handles everything extremely well. I've heard music/instruments 'for the first time' with both SACDs and CDs. The Beatles remastered CDs sound especially great. I've been collecting the Rolling Stones SACD collection and even some of the very early recordings sound terrific. Everything is reproduced as if you were there. Clean lows, mids and highs. For the money, you can't go wrong with this player. One of the recordings that brings me back almost 40 years is the Who's Quadraphenia on SHM.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. And as has been reported, the player gets better with age as it burns in. I highly recommend this player. You can't go wrong. Sony seems to be making a genuine concerted effort to reestablish itself in the high-end audio market. This SACD player certainly helps that cause.
November 12, 2013
anything more is a waste of money....
I've had the CDP-X779ES, X707ES, and the XA7ES, all word class players. you get performance way off the scale for the money with any TOP OF THE LINE Sony ES player. They just do it. No question.
June 27, 2013
I purchased the 9000 version (previous model) in 2004. Although the 5400 is not as mechanically solid as the 9000, it is a superb SACD player/DAC and additionally oversamples 16-bit 44.1kHz CD to DSD like 2.8Msps 1-bit so that CD's sound almost as good as SACD. It is superbly well constructed with a smooth transport and looks great. It gives high-end audiophile player/DAC's a very good run for the money; typically such may cost 2 or even 3 times more. This new model has relpaced the iLink IEEE 1394 port with HDMI, which is more accepted.
January 17, 2011