Way back in 2001 I decided to give digital another try as my first player at $1000 sounded like dog shit, also the subsequent cheap players. On the advice of the great reviews comparing it favorably to the much more expensive Rega Planet I purchased the Sony DVP-NS500V for $279, again I was underwhelmed, although SACD was a bit better than Redbook CD playback, still way short of my vinyl. The DVP-NS900V was $1000 at the time and with my poor experience with the media so far I just couldn't justify the expense. Fast forward to 2016, I see a DVP-NS900V on eBay for $80, OK at this price it will at least be a better looking player lol. Well I sure was in for a surprise, the sound coming from this player was NOTHING like that from the NS500, warm, fluid, almost analogue in its presentation. This led me to purchase the DVP-NS999ES, again at the bargain basement price of $80. Well, I won't say it was the same aha moment the NS900V was, but it was every bit as good and in silver a tad nicer looking with my vintage silver faced gear. The carousel ES unit is quite capable, and yes also better than the NS500, but the single disc unit upper tier models are schveeter. Still on the lookout for a silver faced 900, the only one I've been able to locate is in Russia and too expensive just for a color difference.