I am really surprised at how good this modern receiver sounds. Has a real quiet background and instruments have clarity and punch. Transients just pop out. The built in DAC is really good. I am using it for TV and FireStick and CD playback from an HK DVD38 player. My speakers are Klipsch KG 3.2. I've demo'd a bunch of amps and receivers and this one is special. Really punches above it's weight.