CD replay from a Sub £1000 DVD player & Sub £1000 AV Integrated Amplifier. CD replay from a Sub £1000 DVD player & Sub £1000 AV Integrated Amplifier. The title is not about me chaps, but is aimed at AV amp buying public new into AV or Hifi. Anyone who is about to buy a sub £1000 DVD-V & sub £1000 AV integrated amp and thinking they will be happy in the long term with CD replay, ask yourself a few pertinent questions: How much do I listen to stereo CDs or Vinyl? If not much then buy a 5.1 system How much time do I spend with Multichannel 5.1 surround sound? If more than above buy a 5.1 system. Can the two be mixed at the price level Im about to spend. Do a search on any models youre considering and read people views about their music/stereo playback. Whats required for good sound from CDs. Generally a stereo based amplification system. This is not an exhaustive post, but more a little hint at getting the best CD replay you can out of a DVD based system. It is possible IME, and there are a couple of scenarios to help you forward: Start off with a decent DVD-V player that does music well ie CD (search for music posts in the DVD forum). Pair this with a Stereo amplifier from £300-£1000 there are stereo amps that show clean heels to AV amps at the same price. Choose 2 speakers to suit your hifi/AV 2 channel system. What you have is a nice compact stereo system based around a DVD player, that can be upgraded to give 5.1 as time goes on: Upgrades, go for a stereo amp that will allow you to run the stereo speakers as fronts if you ever add on a AV amp to power centre and rears, this is the best way to combine a stereo amp and AV amp (again search for details above). The main problem is if you spend all your cash on an AV amp and DVD player and try to sort out CD replay later IMHO. Where we are heading is the difference between stereo and multichannel sound, along the way you will see advocates of either type, but they dont matter what does is how much you will use either system. DVD use in a stereo based system works for many people, all you need is a decent player & decent amp & speakers. Hopefully other people will add there experiences about getting decent CD from an AV amp, but more often or not the AV amp is the problem (or its pre-amp is for stereo to be concise) and firing a dedicated CD player or offboard DAC will not help the root problem. Anyway just a post to highlight the amount of AV amp users that are disgruntled with stereo playback from their systems (down the line).