My equipment is: Receiver: Integra DTR 7.1 Main Speakers: PSB Image 4T CDP: NAD 523 DVD: JVC XV-D723GD Subwoofer: Paradigm PW-2200 My question is as follows: In your opinions, which way is probably the more accurate way to listen to CDs on my system? I know that hearing the system is the real way to see which way sounds "best", but I am asking for general guidelines/opinions here based on my observations (and other opinions). Method 1) NAD analog using Tara Labs Prism 55 in DIRECT mode Method 2) JVC digital coax in DIRECT mode Method 3) JVC digital coax in STEREO mode (activiating the sub) Each way has its own sonic signature, but I will give you a little background on each method: Method 1) In this mode, the soundstage generally sounds deepest. The upper-bass is also the "snappiest" of the three methods. Higher frequencies sound the sharpest off all modes...sometimes harsh. The width of the soundstage usually does not exceed 3-5 feet to the outside of either speaker. Sound is generally tightly focussed. Method 2) Soundstage is similar to method 1, but slightly less focussed and slightly more shallow. The upper-bass is less snappy and less evident, and the lower bass becomes far less evident. The upper frequencies are smoother than method 1. Method 3) Soundstage depth becomes slightly shallow in comparison to method 1. Upper-bass is there, but not as "snappy". Lower bass goes much lower (20 Hz neighborhood). Upper frequencies seem as smooth as method 2. The width of the soundstage grows tremendously...almost wrapping around me in different moments. Sound becomes far less focussed in comparison to method 1. I like methods 1 & 3, but I can't quite put my finger on which one I like more...or why I do. Based on my description, which sounds to be the more accurate method of reproducing original intent? I guess it may depend on what recordings I am listening to, but I guess I am just looking for some personal experience and overall parameters of other users. I suppose I am looking to choose one way over the other, as opposed to continuously switching back-and-forth looking for my "favorite" sound, and hearing other's rationale might help me straighten out my own thoughts. Thanks.