The '17s review was a joy to read: Arcam has always made excellent players, the CD23 among the best of them.
A question: what did you think of the image specificity of this unit, as well as the soundstaging? Another review of its (much) older brother, the '23, mentioned its low-level detail. And Fred Kaplans' review of the '23, back in 2003, mentioned its "inner detail," giving it the "human touch" was exemplary. Did you find the same in the 17?