I bought a NAD L-40 demo unit for my teenage son, replacing some mass-market equipment. Even with inexpensive speakers, it sounds great. Upgrading the speakers and cables will doubtless make it sound even better. I have nothing adverse to say about Denon equipment, but if you can afford the NAD L40 or the NAD Music System I think you'll like it. It's not really in the same category as most items marketed as "minisystems." It's basically a high quality mid-fi integrated amplifier, tuner, and CD player all built into a single standard-size case. You'll probably be very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sound which comes out of it.