Whenever you read reviews in what hifi ect you always get "but its not as good as a dedicated system for hifi" when looking at av equipment (some of the arcam DVD players excepted). I was wondering how you find you av equipment for cd playback, today was the first time ive bothered to use my new setup just to have a propper listen to cd. It comprises a pio 757 (which is said to be alright with cd) a sony av333es (not bad for music) mordaunt-short 906's plus a BK XLS200 the dvd and amp are connected via a QED optical cable and i am use the mosy crappy speaker cable known to man and you know what its sounds very good. I just played marrys prayer by Danny Wilson and heard so much detail that i have never heard before on anyones hifi. A friend of mine recently bought a system comprising a pair of mission m74i s a NAD cd think it was the c521bbe and nad amp (?c351) anyway he paid about 450 plus speaker and it does not compare (this is about the price level the mags say my av setup should be similar to) now granted what i have cost a lot more but it also does a lot more. I just dont know why some of the mags can be so critical of dvd player and av amp cd play back of course it wont be as good as the same priced dedicated equipment but i think its still damn good.