.....if you guys scroll above, i was pointing the dude to a 500 dollar universal first (cost subsidized by the larger customer base of dudes watching movies on blu ray wink wink). I personally have that BD-A1060 and i know what phenomenal value it is. But, it looks like the dude doesn't want universal and wants to spend 1500. I figured if he has 1500 to spend, he probably has 3k to spend. That 3k Technics does sound like it has a 3k transport+dac in it. I have heard a 10k cd player which sounded like a 600 dollar cd player as well. That can happen too in this grand snake temple.
Now, if you fellas can't hear the difference between a $1 DAC in a windows 95 pc and a 3k DAC...well, you're in a god like class of your own..lol...i got a pair of radioshack 20 dollar speakers and a pyle for ya. It should sound better than a Revel and your luxman or whatever! When the beat hits, it sounds like a God like fart Pffft frrr frrr frr frrr....Ya really don't need a better speaker and your $1 dac. Bwaaahahahaha
You already got a few answers and I'm not trying to dog-pile on you. I'd just want to draw your attention to these few details:
having 1.5k = having 3k, well, not really, it's 100% increase on the budget
hearing a difference = performing better, again, this is not what people here are saying, differences in sound can be imagined, and let's not waste time on those and can be real in which case it's the same story about sound signature and the question should it be there.
3k Technics = sounds like it has 3k transport and DAC, this can be exactly because it costs that much, also how does 3k sounds, right?
DAC difference = speakers difference, not even in the same class, these shouldn't be in the same sentence and the difference in one of those says nothing about the difference in the other
SACD > CD, hardly ever is the SACD merely a transfer from a CD, almost always there has been some remaster done, it is quite possible you heard the audio engineers work rather than SACD's superiority.
As much as I have read on the pages of the AH forums, the point is that once you get a well performing, neutral transparent piece of gear, you can even tweak it to sound like 3k Technics. Other way around much harder if at all possible. So neutral takes the cake every time.