After some break in the CXC transport is sounds fantastic. At first the sound was flat but I kept it running on repeat for a couple of weeks. Now it is anything but flat. Some people believe that burn is simply someone getting used to the sound. I was not home during most of that time to get my ears used to the sound. Everyone that has heard it before and after agrees that is has improved considerably. The CXC is a fantastic match for my Schiit Gungnir Miltibit DAC . With that combination redbook CD's sound as good if not better that any higher resolution sources (SACD or high resolution streaming).
Some people have commented on the tray. The tray on mine is perfectly aligned and opens / closes perfectly. It is also very quick to start play. All of my CD's have been recognized and will play on the CXC.