I suspect that Sony intentionally astablished a poor conversion algorithm, as well. I don`t think there more than a hand full SACDs that have a separately recorded/mastered PCM layer, maybe some more that use an other (non-Sony) conversion algorithm. In search for a bit-identical Player I realized that the Media Player can´t be. In fact its effect on the CDs is almost as deteriorating as the DSD-mastering-Sony-Conversion thing. Sony-converted hybrid CDs however gain quality quite magically when played by this software. In fact I only had problems with one that is multi-channel, so I hope I have a good a good chance whenever buying one. So when I store my CDs on harddisc, there will be libraries for different players. SACDs that are played this way also have their downsides: Transparency and resolution is a lot worse, so it is good that usual CDs sound as they usually do. But they sound so "nice" that I don´t avoid them because I find them annoying, or buy something from a second/third class interpret instead.