Why FM radio sounds better than CDP to my ear? This question has not been answered satisfactorily. I have an Onkyo Integra tuner which is more than 25 years old, and usually listen to classical music broadcast by my local (Columbus, Ohio) FM station. It sounds so good--of course, I know about the physical limitations of FM in SN ratio, channel separation, dynamic range, etc.---that my CD always sounds harsh and dry...something missing, artificial in there, compared to it. That's why I've replaced several CDPs---variety of new and used CDPs and DACs within my budget---, which ended up with the current Nad C541i which has balanced, warm, neutral sound to my ear, compared to other things I tried. BUT it still doesn't match my tuner. The problem is strings and bass sound from my Redbook CD collection. HDCD is much better and I really enjoy some of them on my C541i. Why is this? Doesn't my FM station use redbook CDs to play music? Is their CDP much better than consumer CDPs? Spending thousands of dollars on a CDP can resolve this? Or something magical occurs in FM signal transformation? Or whatever...? Anyone can answer?