I have received my Arcam DV27a, and have waited a bit before posting, so that I could let the differences between my CD73 and DV27a to sink in a bit... well, on the CD-quality front, I am a bit disappointed to say that the DV27a lacks the detail and resolution of the CD73, it is very noticable. Having said that, the DV27a seemed to have a darker sound, and what I mean by that is that it seems more live at the midrange... and it seems to have a slightly more open sound-stage. The CD73 is definitely bright in comparison, but the detail is amazing. I agree with most posters out there that if they had never heard the CD73, then the DV27a would be fine for CD playback, but after hearing what I would be missing, I am left to decide whether to keep another unit for CD-playback. My original goal was to consolidate the DVD and CD players into one unit... this isn't going to work now. To conclude: If the DV27a possessed the detail of the CD73, while retaining the darker sound and soundstage, then this player would be awesome for CD-playback. I have not heard the DV29, but I had the chance to buy it for $370 more, but I chose the DV27a, because I wanted the SI deinterlacer, and because I didn't believe that there could possibly be a significant difference between the two for redbook audio... I wish I could hear one now. On the video front: Coming from a 1-year old JVC XV-SA602 DVD player, the picture is needlessly to say: awesome! The detail is amazing, and the colors are much more accurate... especially the darker shades. The grainy frames are all but gone too... and I could tell this much of a difference on a 27" JVC non-progressive scan CRT! I am now looking for a Prog-scan TV... woot! To really conclude: I really wish the CD playback was at least on par with the CD73, but it isn't... the Arcam rep even told me that expect playback to be equivallent to the CD82... and that is a factory upgrade for the CD73... what a crock of... ok, on with my post... I am happy to say that the upgrade in video-quality is making me want to keep both players around... Equipment: Arcam A85 Int Amp Arcam Dv27a Arcam CD73 AudioQuest interconnects B&W CDM-NT1 monitors I also have a AVR200, JVC SA602, and 2 x EPOS ELS-3 speakers... can't think of what to do with them at the moment.