Never really been much of a music listener through my denon amp, occasionaly i have through the ethernet playing mp3 but mostly used for ht. But got this disc that was complemetary from home cinema choice THE HIFI COLLECTION 3. I decided it's time to put it on a test. I first did it stereo/direct the sound was great but when i did it pure direct the sound was even better. you could hear every instrument so clearly even the way the guitar was played it was like he was in my room. I also have one of those sony boom boxes stereos in another room and played the cd through that. You can finally understand what quality is about. The sony sounded like rubbish. One instrument was louder than the other you could barely hear some of the percussion instruments and clarity was a no no. The denon you literally heard everything the clarity was sensational . Just to think that people out there think that this amp is only good for HT but not music. I think before any can comment they need to go and hear it with good quality speakers for the amp to preform the way is meant to. I used a pair of B&W 704 and the tone was beautiful. I also want know does a cd have better quality sound than an mp3? Because isn't mp3 compressed? which i have been told can affect the sound.