I am using a Lexicon MC-8 as the processor / pre-amp in a 5.1 system (with Bryston 9B amp and JM Labs Utopia Be speakers) which aims to reproduce good two-channel results as well. How high a quality of DVD-A, DVD-V, and/or SACD player do you need to get good quality audio, particularly since I wish to avoid the unfortunate attribute of such systems in exposing poor sources? DVD-equipped machines often appear to be compromised in CD replay at least compared with stand-alone CD or CD/SACD players, so the point at which a universal player achieves acceptable quality appears to be a pretty high in terms of price at least. Without spending unreasonable amounts of money, which universal players exceed the minimum quality level? Is it better, therefore, to use two or three machines? i.e. a predominately DVD-A / DVD-V-oriented player separate from a CD and/or SACD-oriented player (even if each device plays other formats as well)... What would be your suggestion for a DVD-V player and a CD / SACD player or even separate CD and SACD players that would again meet or exceed the minimum quality bar? Many thanks in advance for any constructive thoughts. Regards, David PS until someone wins the current multi-channel format wars, I must acknowledge that the music I want to play is only going to be available in one format or another, but not both, so I would very much appreciate it if this question could avoid inflaming any nascent criticism of either DVD-A or SACD.