John, I'm currently entertaining the idea of purchasing an Arcam AV8. I know that it has a multi-channel input for DVD-A/SACD which, if you use it, effectively turns the AV8 into an analogue pre-amp. I currently have an Arcam FMJ CD23 cd player with which I'm very happy. I'd also like to put a toe in the water with a cheap universal player (i.e. DVD-V/DVD-A/SACD). My question is if I were to use the multi-channel analogue inputs for the universal player and the CD input for the CD23 would I be compromising the sound quality of the CD23? Or is it the case that CD input also bypasses all that additional digital nastiness? Regards, Jules.