I don't have this unit yet, but it is the best player I can get in my budget of about $350 US. I realize the superior performance of the 555ES can be had for only about $250 more, but shipping to Canada and the extra taxes involved jack the difference up beyond a comfortable level ($1100 CDN total vs. $700 CDN). So, my plan at this point is to get a stock 222ES and possibly have it modified sometime in the future as monetary resources allow (if I find the Redbook CD performance of the 222ES to be lacking, that is - it may be fine as is). I'd rather not get the C-775, as I prefer the gold-plated jacks and better build quality of the ES model. Has anyone had their 222ES modified, and if so, is the performance increase worth the effort?