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Actually, a BMW or Lexus runs a little more than triple the cost of a Cavalier. It's about double the cost of an Impala, and no, I don't understand why anyone would rather have one Lexus than two comparably equipped Impalas.
As for the features you mentioned, how does your Lansonic record without a hard drive? I suspect we were comparing dissimilar products in that regard. If you have a unit with a hard drive, the cost is well more than triple that of an Audiotron. And if your hard drive is large enough to handle my music collection, it costs as much as five Audtiotrons.
As for streaming information, that's a feature of the AT. Since it is a client, not a server, for the price of a typical Lansonic, I can put in four ATs in various rooms of my house, all with digital outs (digital in is meaningless since the ripping is done on the server, not the client).
Finally, I'm not sure what you mean by your question of how much my MP3 files cost. I've been accumulating my music on CD for nearly 20 years now, and my WMA files (better sound quality at the same bit rate than MP3) sound great.
For my purposes, if you need a unit with an integrated hard drive and CD burner, spend the extra money, but for far less money, I can (and did) buy a dedicated server (with CD burner) and two Audiotrons.