(I also have the matching 3.2 integrated amp listed here on Audiogon) Since this is a fragile item with a laser inside, shipping is discouraged. Local pick up is preferred. No refunds due to damage (either to the inside or outside) caused in shipping. I don't have the owners manual but one is available for download. This is a 9 and in excellent condition. As far as the sound, all I can tell you is it is unlike any CD player I have heard.. I will let another Audiophile describe it. This is what he wrote on one of the forums:
Review: Musical Fidelity A 3.2 CD Player
Replacing my aging Panasonic A110 DVD player with the Musical Fidelity, I was expecting a dramatic change. I was surprised to notice only a slight improvement. Of course I was used to dramatic improvements in my quest for realistic sound (I listen to jazz and classical music). Placing the crossover networks of the speakers in boxes OUTSIDE of the speakers made a dramatic improvement in the clarity of the sound (What business do crossover networks have INSIDE speakers?)Replacing the capacitors in the analog stage of the Panasonic DVD player with Blackgates made a DRAMATIC difference(more open and dynamic sound). Going from a single Parasound A1000 amplifier to a pair of bridged Parasounds in mono mode made a dramatic difference in the soundstage.
Both players are in my system and I have been A/B-ing them for nearly a week. The Musical Fidelity has the same open and dynamic sound that the modified Panasonic has but it also has a more defined and tighter bass. The Panasonic has more apparent bass but the MF has greater definition and realism in the bass. This was especially apparent in the rendition of the cello. A Seon recording of Boccherini String Quintets and Cello Sonatas (sony classical label, 1997) was much more listenable through the MF. The differences in other more celebrated recordings such as Patricia Barber's Modern Cool are much more subtle. The MF has a more refined and realistic sound whereas the Panasonic seems to "shout" at times. In piano recordings, certain upper frequency notes are a bit too aggressive through the Panasonic. The human voice can be startlingly real through both players but the MF transmits a bit more of the character of an individual's voice. The same goes for most of the musical instruments. The MF has more of the harmonics of the instruments. The difference is not huge but I don't think that I will be able to live without it. I think that what I am hearing through the Panasonic is jitter, but I am not really sure. I really do not want to tinker with the insides of the MF because it is such an expensive and beautiful player, but I would bet that replacing the capacitors with Blackgates would result in a "dramatic" difference.
I had the Integra 8.3 universal player in my system for a while and with redbook CD's it had the same definition in the bass as the MF. It also had a
refined and delicate rendition of the upper frequencies, but what it lacked was the richness and body in the middle frequencies that the MF has and that the modified Panasonic has beaucoup of.