My final choices are as follows: Option 1 Marantz DV6400 and Cambridge Audio 540C Pluses: Universal player and excellent CD player, programmability of CD player for tape and MD recording, won't lose all music access if a player goes kaput Minuses: 100hz xover, no time delay for SACD, no BM with 2 channel CD playback Additional points: can apply digital BM/TA for all formats w/variable xover via receiver (this applies to all options) Option 2 Cambridge Audio 540D and Marantz DV6400 Pluses: 540D xover 80hz, time delay applies, BM applies to 2-channel CD playback (keeps sub active in analogue domain via Pure Audio mode in receiver), region-free, redundant hi-res capability w/Marantz if a player goes kaput Minuses: same shortcomings for SACD as above for Marantz, requires switchboxes for full m/c capabilities, not as programmable for recording purposes Option 3 Cambridge Audio 540D and Yamaha DVD-C940 Pluses: same as Option 2, also carousel convenience, has Faroudja chip (supposed to be good, I can't use it for next 5 years or so), can watch LOTR w/o having to get up (not that I'm THAT lazy ) Minuses: 120hz xover for SACD, no time delay for SACD, requires switchboxes for full m/c capabilities, not as programmable for recording purposes, carousel reliability a potential problem? (not sure about that, was certainly the case years ago when I last went player shopping). Each of these options costs me the same, so price is not an issue (I already have cables and switchboxes collected over the years). My goal is the best sound I can get, in each format, and to have two players split the workload of my music playback (don't want to be without a player in my main system should one go kaput). Options 2 and 3 keep the A/D/As to a minimum, though they do add switchboxes, so that might be a wash. I do wish someone made an affordable SACD player w/o video. So, am I crazy or what?