I have long been an old fashioned 2 channel music lover. I tried and shunned Logic 7, Denon's 7.1 stereo, DPL2, and even eventually DVD-Audio. Then I bought and now, finally hooked up and tested my new Sony C555es SACD player. The player came with 2 demo discs; one stereo, and one 5.1. I placed them both into the carousel along with my old speaker testing, regular CD disc, Donald Fagan's The Nightfly. First disc, the stereo SACD sampler. WOW! Alot of these cuts I've heard tens of times and yet, never have they taxed my speakers as fully as these cuts did. Most notibly was the added upper midrange and the very low bass now fully realized from this disc and player. Next, came the 5.1 channel SACD Sony demo disc... Holy Cow, literally. I was in heaven's church with heaven's choir. The surround channels were not in any way distractful from the front soundstage. Instead, I was enveloped and enthralled! Not only could I pick out each vocalist's seating area, but I also could close my eyes and feel the pew under my ass. I WAS in a cathedral! Finally, came a CD that I'd listened to a hundred times, on my own system, on many divergent systems, and even on some of the best equipment available today. This time, it sounded different. I heard things I've never heard before... good things, I think. First, the sound was more 3 dimensional. The clarity of the instruments was there, as always, yet seemed more real. I actually heard things I never heard before. One example... at 28 seconds or so, I clearly heard Donald Fegan make a type of throat clearing sound. Before, this sound had been muddled, faded into the background. Anyway, this type of clarity isn't always good. On one cut of the demo disc, I can clearly hear recorded hiss... and for a second I glance at my turntable to see if a mishandled album has suddenly started playing. Anyway, I MUST say I LOVE my new Sony SCD-C555ES SACD player. Those of you with lesser players will love it too! ------------------ Take Care, merc ---------------- God Bless America!!!