I have been all over these discussions, have posted and have even gotten bashed for expressing an opinion that others didn't share... well sorry about that!
In another line of thought I have noticed that the main virtue of the USB Apple is that it contains FLAC files which are capable of providing the utmost sound quality currently available for the Stereo Remasters.
I have read that some Hardware CD Players are available that can take full advantage of the FLAC format.
Howerver, as far as I have been able to find out, the great majority of these players are software based, that is, they run on a computer.
If I connect the computer to my Home Stereo I lose the digital aspect of the reproduction since I'm doing so with an analog cable and am degrading the quality of FLAC.
Maybe I have the concept of FLAC wrong and FLAC is simply a compression software in a way similar to ZIP and whatever is compressed in it is in another format.
What method are those of you who are praising the qualities of FLAC use? I have Windows in my PC...
Thanks in advance for any help. Your advice might help in deciding if I should buy the USB Apple.