Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5 out of 5 by LiteJazz Another Audio Piece Of Sony History
The SCD XA5400ES is without question, another piece of Sony history, taking it's place right along side of the Sony SCD-1, ultimate SACD player.
Many people have debated which unit is better, and it appears the 5400ES wins because of HDMI and much newer, better chip sets. I have both the SCD-1 as well as the silver 9000ES, both are wonderful machines. The SCD XA5400ES stands as the last and possibly the finest SACD machine Sony Corporation ever made. The 5400 is the player of choice for extreme mods, and not much of anything can stand next to it, and certainly no where near it's price point, and then there is Sony's eye for detail, cosmetically one of the most desirable SACD players to just look at! What makes me feel so good about this player is as of this writing, there are only (4) 5400ES machines left in the Sony system, after they are sold, there are no more to be had anywhere, and I am just so fortunate to have been able to find one, and it should arrive in the next few days, can't wait!
Happy listening, LiteJazz53
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by corvman Outstanding piece of high end equipment
I'm very happy with this SACD player. I can definitely recommend it to others but be warned, I had to search the universe to find one.
May 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Boyet Best sounding CD/SACD player I have ever heard
This is an excellent sounding CD/SACD player. If you are looking for the best sounding player at this price, then this is it, however, I have encountered some old red book CD that the player have a hard time reading. A bad recording will sound bad as it enhances also the bad part of the recording. This player does not fix the sound, it shows the true content of the CD
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandiegodom 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