i recently sold my rotel 971. i wanted to purchase the sony 555 es sacd player. though the 555 is 5 disk capapble, i really would be fine with a single disk player, but being that i wanted a solid redbook and sacd player the 555 fit the bill. ive seen this new pioneer player mentioned recently on the forum though. plays dvd's, sacd and dvd audio. sounds like winner to me especially since i wouldnt mind updating the dvd portion of my system. i was on the verge of orderig the 555 but now im not sure. i think i may wait for the pioneer to be released. i do remember hearing though that there was an issue with how this player will play sacd disk and whether it would be the optimum way...something to do with coverting to pcm if i remember correctly. could someone explain the downside to the way the pioneer plays sacd disk, if indeed any information regarding this player has surfaced yet. my priority with this upgrade is better redbook playback and superior ( with in my budget) sacd playback. it sure would be nice though to have dvd audio as well though. sorry if this post is a little vague...it's late though. any quick replies will be highly appreciated since im going to be purchasing something be it the 555 or the new pioneer very soon.