Hi, I've read lots of professional reviews of cd and sacd and dvd-a players, and these reviewers always use separates for reviewing purposes. I also read a thread regarding a cd transport where the author suggested that you had better have a great a/d d/a handeling in your a/v reciever because the one in the transport is mediocre. It made me wonder how that decision is made. Does the transport and the reciever have a discussion and decide whose innards their going to use or it is impossible to do a complete evaluation of a cd/sacd/dvd-a transport when using an all-in-one A/V reciever because it always takes over. This discussion becomes less theoretical if one is contemplating the purchase of a $10,000 cd player and is going to feed it into one of the Flagship A'V recievers whose qualities have jumped considerably in the last few years. Assuming the transport can get the music to the reciever in a timely manner which unit gets the credit or the blame for performance. Peter m.