To Harris_C of 2 Parts Fusion --Hi, I realize this is a subjective judgement, but I have found the quality of sound on my portable hard drive recorder (iriver, recorded at best quality, rock music) to be OK for exercising, but not for critical listening. How would you say your HTPC would compare to a dedicated cd player? I like the idea of an "all in one" device, but wouldn't want to sacrifice quality for convenience or saving rack space. (the cd player I'm looking at is a level 2 modded (at Underwood HiFi) Eastern Electric Minimax (tubed unit) at about $2000. Asking your -or anyones- HTPC to match up to a dedicated player may be an unfair challenge, but I'm curious what you or others think. Thanks in advance.