My birthday is in early May and I mentioned that I had heard about a couple SACD's hoping to drop the hint that I wanted an SACD player for my birthday. Well apparantly she got the hint and I'm doing some research to present the financial end of this deal to her to clinch it My current setup involves: Sony 444es Reciever with 1 analog 5.1 input Sony 7es cd player hooked up via optical Sony 530d dvd player via coaxial digital Phillips Tivo/DSS setup via optical Pioneer 604 Laserdisc player via coaxial I was thinking about the players and saw it appears to be that the Sony 222es sacd changer is down to $499 MSRP now or atleast that Crutchfield has it for that price. I've emailed OADE about one and will find out tomorrow I'd imagine. I've also seen then on Ebay for $250-$300. So a couple questions: I would assume I need 6 analog intereconnects for 2 and 5.1 channel listing correct or do I need 8 total if I want to do both? Does anyone know if there is any bass management on the analog 5.1 input of the 444es? I assume NO. Do I really need it? My mains play down to 22 as it is. They are going to be replaced this year(I hope) so this MIGHT be a problem later. I do have a very capable subwoofer. Does the 222ES have any promo SACD's in the box? Should the 222es be a better redbook player than my 7es? If so I guess I can sell it as it still has part of the warranty left(I think) and has very little use. I think I coudld get about $100-150. Maybe not. Anyone owned both the 7(0) or 8(0) es and the 222es and could tell how much taller it is or are they the same? Thanks for the help in advance.