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My 10 year old Harman Kardon CD played is on the fritz and since I can't find a trustworthy repair shop within 100 miles of my area I am considering replacing it with a MP3 player hooked up thru my Onkyo 805.

Three questions. Is it possible to get equal quality sound by doing this ?
If so, what would be the best way to connect to the receiver.
And finally, since I don't have a MP3 play yet, what do I look for in a mp3 that would afford me the best possible sound for music.

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My 10 year old Harman Kardon CD played is on the fritz and since I can't find a trustworthy repair shop within 100 miles of my area I am considering replacing it with a MP3 player hooked up thru my Onkyo 805.

Three questions. Is it possible to get equal quality sound by doing this ?
If so, what would be the best way to connect to the receiver.
And finally, since I don't have a MP3 play yet, what do I look for in a mp3 that would afford me the best possible sound for music.

Welcome all input.

I suggest Squezeebox Touch, connected via Toslink.
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okay - I'm familiar with squezeebox, but not toslink. Is that a connector ?
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My 10 year old Harman Kardon CD played is on the fritz and since I can't find a trustworthy repair shop within 100 miles of my area I am considering replacing it with a MP3 player hooked up thru my Onkyo 805.

You would do better to figure out how to get your music from your computer to your receiver directly, rather than loading it onto an MP3 player.

The Squeezebox is one such method. (Toslink is, as you guessed, a type of connection—in this case, a digital one.)

Another would be to use an Airport Express, which can connect to the receiver via a mini-Toslink-to-Toslink cable. You'd need to store your music in iTunes (free) for this to work.

What kind of computer do you have? Windows/Mac? Laptop/desktop? If it's a desktop, how convenient is it to your audio system?

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okay - I'm familiar with squezeebox, but not toslink. Is that a connector ?

Yes, this is another name for optical SPDIF interface.
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My 10 year old Harman Kardon CD played is on the fritz and since I can't find a trustworthy repair shop within 100 miles of my area I am considering replacing it with a MP3 player hooked up thru my Onkyo 805.

Three questions. Is it possible to get equal quality sound by doing this ?
If so, what would be the best way to connect to the receiver.
And finally, since I don't have a MP3 play yet, what do I look for in a mp3 that would afford me the best possible sound for music.

Welcome all input.

I would buy an Oppo 93 (I just did) to which you can attach a hard drive which has all your music on it. Of course you must transfer the music using a computer. This will allow you to enjoy your music without the degradation from converting it to mp3.
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I would buy an Oppo 93 (I just did) to which you can attach a hard drive which has all your music on it. Of course you must transfer the music using a computer. This will allow you to enjoy your music without the degradation from converting it to mp3.

You need a monitor to control Oppo. It works in some HT setups, where one already has LCD TV, but inconvenient for music only system, or even HT with projector or plasma. Logitech device has its own touch screen, and also can be controlled remotely from Apple or Android phone/tablet.
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