We all do it. Eventually we want yet another piece of equipment, and something has to go. The Rega drew the short straw, because I am getting yet another CD player (it is an older used CDP, but worth the extra cost) The Rega is unit is compact, yet heavy and very durable. I like the fact that it reads the CD and decides how best to play it. This means that when a Cd is placed into the machine it decides whether the CD is CDA(WAV Red Book), MP3, or WMA format. Cool. Before I go any further, I rated this 8/10 not for cosmetics but for one small glitch, if you can even call it that. After the CD is placed in the machine, close the lid and give a very light tap. It has never failed when I do this, so it hardly register as a problem to me. The machine just has to know that the lid is completely down. The machine functions flawlessly every time. This unit was manufactured in Feb. 2012.''''''''' ........ I never thought that I would use anything but the RCA jacks, but I also use the optical out to an external DAC. To my ears, there is no difference worth noting between using an outboard DAC or the internal Rega DAC. I have the original box, remote, and reprinted manual on 24lb. paper. I have 100% feedback because I always work with my clients as I hope that others will do the same for me. At $450. this is priced just right.