My 2 channel system is mid-fi at best. I'm using an Oppo 970 as the CD transport to a Pioneer 84 TXS to Gallo 3.1's with the standalone bass amplifier. I use the Oppo because it supports all formats..DVD-A, SACD and HDCD. The HDCD support intrigued me, I don't have any HDCD's but based on my reading, the processing was supposed to improve the sound of redbook CD's too, but this support was only available through the analog outs from the Oppo. I run the Pioneer in Pure Direct mode so in theory it passes the signal through without processing. I connected the analog outs to the Pioneer and I was extremely disappointed. The bass got muddy and the mids and highs almost shrill and unlistenable. I A/Bed about 10 CD's that I listen to often and the result was the same for each. I might add that I was very happy with the original configuration. The HDMI connection beats the analogs hands down. I can't find any way to defeat or alter the HDCD processing in the Oppo menus or anything else to adjust the Oppo, I guess the DACS aren't very good. I know there are mods available for the Oppo but that doesn't make sense for a $150 player. On the other hand, for $150, waht can I expect?