Good topic. This has been discussed before not long ago and I submitted what I thought was fair and informed feedback. It's not that you can't obtain good universal disc players with decent audio. The believe however among the philes is that a combo DVD/CD player has to share more circuitry on the boards. There has to be extra board components and circuits for the video portion of the player which can impede sound quality for example. This is covered in Robert Harley's book, "The Complete Guide to High End Audio". He states that over approx $5K however, Universal disc players are then truly high end and the audio quality is superior. So for the purests, stand alone CD players are best unless you're willing to shell over $5K or more.
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