I have been corresponding with Dan Wright about possible new units to mod, and asked him last night about the Sony XA5400ES SACD player, which has gotten a positive preliminary write-up by Kal Rubinson in the May 2009 issue of Stereophile. (Rubinson says, in comparing the 5400 to the earlier flagship, the XA9000ES, that "it was a clear victory for the newcomer.") Dan told me that he is "keen" to develop a 2ch tube mod for the 5400, but that polling on his board at Audio Circle hasn't generated much interest yet. (Posters there are evidently more Transporter-oriented and are less interested in a disc-based source component, though they have shown enthusiasm for a modded OPPO Blu-ray player (no tubestage), which Dan is already developing.) Anyway, since I myself would be interested in one, I was wondering if there would be any interest here. Our host favorably reviewed in Tone Audio and has had on his equipment list the Modwright 9100ES Platinum Signature Truth SACD/DVD player. Here is how Dan described to me what he contemplates for the 5400: "The mod that I would LIKE to develop for the Sony would be a 2CH, RCA and XLR, fully balanced, tube output stage with an even more advanced analog stage than we have used in the past, along with our new/improved PS 9.0 power supply. Such a mod would be in the $2K range." He also describes it on Audio Circle in this thread: http://www.audiocircle.com/circles/index.php?topic=64231.msg619573;topicseen I'll report back to him if anyone here expresses interest.