Friends, It's almost October and you know what that means: The Stereophile Recommended Components list is out. One big surprise: the Sony SCD-555ES receives the coveted Class A ranking (player priced at $800). This amidst several super expensive multi-kilo buck CD players such as the Oracle CD2500 at $9845 and the Linn CD12 at $20,000. Not too shabby. At least Stereophile thinks this player deserves a top rating. Also, the XA777ES received the highest rating of A+. Along with the Accuphase at $16.5K, Meridian at $17-19K, and Classe Omega at $12K. For those of you wanting to get into SACD, audition the 555ES and see if it works for you.