So goes all that high bit rate etc. In the early years, Philips had a 14bit (I had this player from Employee store, highly discounted). It was built like a TANK, first one in U.S. made in Belgium, stuck Magnavox name on it, instead of Philips. Same machine. And the original golden ears, said it sounded best, yet it was only 14 bit, when others where 16bit. Maybe Zander needs to get this original OBSOLETE chip and come out with the Zander MKII. Less bits, better sound. Don't need no stinkin' specs, just more distortion. I traded up to a then even cheaper Philips/Magnavox, with REMOTE, with it's PLASTIC case, instead of all metal TANK build, for just over $129, front door slide drawer, remote,16 Bitt oversampling, latest at teh time chips. digital filters, when all teh Japanese where anolog INFERIOR filters, so in 2 or so years, it went from 14 bit non remote to remote for easily $200 LESS. Zander wants you to think going backwards is high end. I now question if teh EMMLABS CDSA-SE is worthy of $10K list price? With it's 2X SACD upsampling, will it too be replaced with a $500 universal 2X SACD unit. $10K is a lotta cash to spin a CD, with teh scarey potential it's ALREADY obsoleted by a new model;. BUT, Meitner was in the beginings of SACD, developed stuff with Philips/sony. hmmmmm.