Originally Posted by My Dream
Local, 1/4 hr away through Craigslist and they also have a control pad for $175.00 new, which is a good deal in my area. I have the option to walk away should it not be as advertised.
Well, that's a good price for a "new" MPS4 - actually a good price for a used one, too. Realize that you're taking the warranty risk on yourself. I would make sure the unit is operating and connects to the GC / NuVoNet and responds to control via the keypad. Either do that there, or ask the seller to bring it over so you can test it - if it's a business, a written return policy might do, too.
If you need to test it there, take your GC, one keypad and a couple patch cables so you can test it.
Difference between the two and my question realy is, are the $850.00 difference in price really worth it for the Elite?
Network Storage - Your music should all be in one place, and it is, with this option for expanded storage, am I to assume this means double the storage space to 640 GB?.
Well, if you need those features, it might be. For me the ability to add network storage is the big feature - yes, the internal drive is larger, too. That said, I use the streaming services through my system a lot more (like almost always) than the digital library, since my WHA system is for entertaining / background - not my "primary" listening system.
Because navigating large digital libraries is cumbersome on any of these systems, I'd recommend throwing only a subset of your whole collection (assuming it wouldn't fit on the internal 320GB drive, which is a big collection at that point!) onto the server - just the stuff you'd use for WHA purposes. In my case, I would also use a high-rate MP3 instead of lossless to squeeze in more content - since the sound quality differences are unlikely to be heard in these setups...