The audio section of the 980, with CDs, SACDs, or DVD-As is quite nice. I've found that the levels when switching between formats is rather consistent, something my former Pioneer universal player could not do. I'm very pleased, as I am the video quality, even as compared to the 970 it replaces. I haven't compared the video on a very large display though, and have no reason to send my displays a 1080p signal. Another first rate product from a company that truly wants people to be satisfied with their selection.