Im not going to say the Audience conditions are the best
but I will say theyre darn good. Ive got an Audience AR1P and an Audience AR6. I had my cable box, my Pioneer Plasma, Theta Intrepid amp, Theta Casablanca II pre-pro, and Theta Compli CDP all plugged into the Audience AR6 and the picture on the Pioneer was great. I wanted to see what would happen if I ran only my amp, pre-pro, and CDP into the AR6 so I plugged the Pioneer into the AR1P and the cable box directly into my Oyaide R-1 and WP-Z wall plug. The picture quality was nowhere near what it was when everything was plugged into the Audience AR6.
So, I plugged the cable box back into the AR6, and the picture quality returned.