I have owned or do own so many CD players, Marantz SACD players, Pioneer Elite universal players, Oppo players, Magnavox 14 bit player (my very first), Teac, Sony, Tascam, Cambridge, Rega Apollo, from entry level to top of the line. But there is ONE CD player I keep coming back to. I bought one new, sold it, bought another mint one, box, manual and all, sold it. And I just bought another. I am not selling it! It is the Philips CD960. Not only does it load and play RIGHT NOW, it does EVERY function quicker than any machine I have ever owned. But most importantly it sounds BETTER than any machine I have ever owned. It has the most "analog" sound of any CD player I have ever heard. Well, the most like my old SOTA turntable anyway, which sounded great. My friend still has one so I do not have to rely only on memory for this comparison. I am officially done trying to find a better sounding machine. Now maybe I will simply start cornering the market on these babies. After all, if I really like something, I like to have a few hanging around as spares. I have on order a Nakamichi CDC-3 with the same chip, but it is a 6 CD magazine (Pioneer) changer. Maybe that will displace my Marantz PMD371 carousel? So far this Marantz has been the best sounding changer I've had. Maybe I will explore getting a Marantz CD94MKII for fun while I am at it.