Took John Marks always excellent advise and took a PS1 my wife found for our son on Free-Cycle, which he is not using, down to the family room. I use a Pioneer Elite HT receiver in 2-channel only for watching some movies on a older Sony std def 27" TV. I have a pair of older AR 15s in excellent shape being driven by the Pioneer.
The Sony PS1, with none of the negative artifacts JM spoke about, nicely spinning Murray Parahia-Bach English suites from Sony as I write. I believe it sounds easily better than the the Philips combo VCR/DVD player used as the video source here in the rec room...apply named.
It certainly sounds significantly better than MP3s friends occasionally drop on me as, "you've got to hear this"! I have been enjoying handing them the "real" CD format version with my Grados and asking, "How is that"? They are always shocked at how good it is even through an older Sony portable CD player or even through my U2 IPod in full format.
I now have a teacher-associate who has just bought his first house and wants to get a swell HT system like the Bose his father has. He has 2 high def TVS, but no audio. He saw me reading my latest issue of Phile in the lunch room, looked at the cover with great curiosity and asked the wrong question. "What do you think about Bose gear?"
He knows I have recorded all the schools band and choral concerts, and have been doing the High School Symphonic Band concerts. I gave him an older copy of Phile and told him we could talk next week if he wanted. We'll see.
For now the PS1 is spinning beautiful, full format, wonderful piano playing. For the price of a car ride to pick it up...Sometimes life is, well, decent.
PS I loved JA's think piece on MP3 vs CDs. This alone is worth the price of admission, or subscription, is it not?