I've wanted one for a few years now but never seem to be able to run into them. Well just the other day I decided to stop in at savers and sure enough there was a clean one sitting on the shelf. I tried it out there and it functioned fine. After spending the last several days demoing it I can see what the hype is about. I also currently have an onkyo integra dx5500 , a Sony dvps7000, and a magnavox cdb 560(tda1541) so I have a fairly decent range to compare to. I'm inclined to agree that it sounds a little darker than the others, more relaxed. It also seems to be one of the more detailed of the lot. Overall I'd have to say I'm rather pleased. I know I'm on borrowed time with any player this old but for what I paid I'll just enjoy it till it dies.