Hi Guys OK, so I bought this deck as I thought, being a professional deck, it would deliver superb audio quality & it looks technically superb. Test comparing to my Sony CDP-338ESD & Micromega Solo-R CD decks & my Marantz PM-6005 amp & Audio Technica AD-700 headphones. I can only describe the audio of this unit in one word......brutal! Its like the audio is being fed by brute force to the amp. Its like it embeds some kind of compression to the audio output & I found it somewhat fatiguing. Really "in your face" sound. This was the case using both the analogue & coaxial digital outputs. It lacked depth - sounding some what flat & shallow (for lack of a better description). This is why I found it better to play CDs on the Sony or Solo-R over using my PC for audio. I tested the Dynamic range using The Who's "Who are you" (polydor 1987) & found it not as good as my Sony & Micromega CD decks (hence why I suspect some compression being added). This song has a very quiet bit at around the 2min mark making it a good candidate for this test. Sound stage - in one word - abysmal. I tested this using Trisha Yearwood's "Whisper of your Heart" which has stunning mastering & sound stage. Incredible on both the Sony & Solo-R but very disappointing on the Tascam. So I certainly wouldn't recommend this deck for HiFi CD listening. Seems to take the magic out of CDs which I'd only re-discovered with the Solo-R (bit like when many of us re-discovered the magic of Vinyl). anyway, that's my review & many will probably differ but I'm listening from home on a reasonably good system & with older Dynamic CDs (not modern brickwalled ones).