You bet it can I went to listen to Lowrider's system on Saturday...wow! The vital statistics once again for those who don't know: Arcam FMJ DV27 (DVD player & CD transport), Tag AV32R EX, Bryston 4B ST power for fronts, 3x PowerPac 120 for centre and surrounds, Sonus Faber Electra Amator fronts, Signum surrounds and Proac Response CC2 centre, 2x REL Strata III subs. This was the first time I'd listened to a high end multichannel system and it was interesting to compare it to my experiences of pure stereo systems. Lowrider always listens to music using Dolby Pro Logic II on the AV32R so the whole idea of analog bypass and cutting out digital processing isn't an issue; bass management and DPLII processing are an integral part of the way he likes to listen to music and from what I heard it's a great way to do things if you have kit that's good enough. Obviously listening to music in DPLII on a cheapo AV receiver just isn't going to cut it compared to a decent stereo system. Even a £2000+ top of the range Denon or Marantz receiver probably wouldn't compare to a stereo system of half the price. When you're dealing with the Tag AV32R and Bryston power though things are a little bit different First let me just say that the whole thing sounded incredible. We listened to a wide variety of classical music (including a bunch of CDs I had brought a long) including Wagner, Mahler, Holst, Elgar, Sibelius and Richard Strauss. A predominantly late 19th early 20th century mix (my kind of classical music) and all sounded very impressive but the CD that made me realise the potential of using DPLII in a multichannel system purely for music was a recording of Allegri's Misereri (17th century church/choir music mixed with Gregorian chant) made by the choir of Westminster Abbey. If you shut your eyes you could imagine you were actually there in the abbey, the sensation of the space was so incredible and something I'm pretty sure could not be replicated with a stereo only system. I felt that if I shouted I'd hear my echo in the cathedral If "HiFi" can be defined as replicating the live environment then I've never heard anything else come closer. One advantage of using a high-end AV processor and DPLII for listening to music is that you get proper bass management and can use sub-woofers really well. That means you don't have to waste your money on very expensive floorstanders and an ideal listening room to get an excellent bass response. Four stand mounters and a sub or two will do the same job just as well. The bass response of the system was quite incredible, the ultra low pipe organ notes at the end of "Saturn" in Holt's "The Planets" really came through like I've never heard before. I could go on and on (alltough I'm not that good at writing this kind of stuff ) but I won't . The system compares very well with the best stereo systems I've heard and just shows what a multichannel system is capable of with good enough equipment. The only slight criticisms I have are that the soundstage isn't perhaps as wide and focussed as I've heard (allthough it makes up for it in depth) and maybe ultimate detail and clarity were not quite there. I should have brought some jazz and/or pop CDs with me (maybe next time ) as I find it's always easier to judge detail and clarity with that kind of music rather than classical. Michael.