It seems that a number of Forum members, including myself, have purchased a Sony SCD-C555ES in recent months. I have to confess that I am partly to blame for some people here buying the 'C555ES. I thought this would be a good place for owners of the 'C555ES to come out and discuss their experiences. Here are some relevant topics I thought we could discuss: 1) When did you get the 'C555ES? 2) Why did you buy it? Primarily to get a good CD changer? For stereo SACD? For multi-channel SACD? For all three? Did you buy it just to be cool and one of us? 3) If the 'C555ES is your primary CD player now, what were you using before and how would you rate the 'C555ES in CD mode? 4) How do you like SACD in stereo and multi-channel? 5) What other equipment are you using the 'C555ES with (amp, speakers)? 6) What cables are you using with the 'C555ES? 7) Do you use the 'C555ES for playback of CDs most of the time or SACDs? 8) When playing SACDs, do you listen to stereo or multi-channel tracks most of the time? Feel free to throw other questions or discussion topics into the mix. Here are my answers to the eight questions above: 1) I bought the 'C555ES in October, very soon after Sony dropped the retail price from $1700 to $1200. 2) I bought the 'C555ES to get a quality carousel CD changer as well as to get multi-channel SACD (I already had a Sony SCD-777ES for stereo SACD). Given that there are a limited number of multi-channel SACDs, CD playback was a main factor in selecting a new changer. That is why I chose the 'C555ES over the 'C222ES and 'CE775. 3) The 'C555ES is not my only CD player, but it is my main changer now. If you know me, you know I have several other players. The 'C555ES replaced a Sony CDP-CA80ES CD changer, which I sold. There is no comparison between the two. The 'C555ES is much better in CD mode than the 'CA80ES. I also have a Denon DCM-370 CD changer, and again, the 'C555ES is much better. So, I got the top-quality carousel CD changer I wanted in the 'C555ES. My '777ES is a better CD player than the 'C555ES, but that didn't surprise me. The '777ES gives a better sense of realism (soundstage, etc.), but the 'C555ES is still very capable. I also own an Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 CD player with Siemens 7308 tubes and have only done limited comparisons between it and the 'C555ES. All I can say right now is that I like both players. 4) Well, if you know me, you know I love SACD in stereo. I have been extolling the virtues of stereo SACD since I bought the '777ES in October 2000. The 'C555ES gives me the convenience of a changer for stereo SACDs, which is great. The '777ES is the better player, mind you, but the 'C555ES is still excellent. As for multi-channel SACD, my feelings are mixed. It's nice for a change of pace, but most of the multi-channel mixes are gimmicky. Also, my home-theater system is decidedly mid-fi in comparison to my stereo system in the same room, and that could very well affect my appreciation for multi-channel SACD, not that I hate it or anything. I just prefer stereo. Always have. 5) I am running the 'C555ES from the stereo analog outputs to my main stereo system for playback of CDs and stereo SACDs and from the 5.1-channel outputs to my home-theater system for playback of multi-channel SACDs. In the stereo system, I am using an NAD C 370 stereo integrated amplifier with Totem Arro floorstanders and an Energy e:XL-S10 subwoofer. In the home-theater system, I am using a Sony STR-V444ES A/V receiver with Energy e:XL 16 bookshelf speakers as the fronts and surrounds, an Energy e:XL-C2 center speaker, and an Energy e:XL-S10 subwoofer. 6) From the stereo analog outputs on the 'C555ES, I am using Audioquest Diamondback interconnects. From the 5.1-channel outputs, I am using Monster Interlink 400mkII interconnects. 7) I'd say I use the 'C555ES for playback of SACDs 75% of the time. 8) These days, I play stereo SACD tracks 95% of the time. As I said, multi-channel SACD is great for a change of pace. I only have a handful of multi-channel SACDs anyway.