This is excellent as a cd transport! I find the onboard dac too soft with very diffuse instrument imaging within the soundstage. So I would not advise to use it that way. Use it as a cd transport only with a good external DAC (I use the Denafrips Ares 2) and it really shines ! It's very quiet, the opening and closing of the tray is smooth and quiet, no plastic rattling sounds as more expensive cd players sometimes have. Try finding another all alumium cd player for 200€ ! Most of them will have an ugly plastic front, this one is small but heavy and has a quality finish. Love the joystick, the fact that the lights can be totally dimmed from the remote....if you are lookin for a good cd transport, at 200€ this is an absolute steal and a no brainer really.