I hope this is unique enough to start a new thread... My dad is a bit of an audiophile and currently has about 1500 CDs that he is ready to turn into a digital collection. However, he has a few unique stipulations and I was hoping those who are more familiar with this could give me some advice to share with him. * He wants to play the music directly through his stereo system without a monitor but still being able to control what is played. * He doesn't like to keep music on his laptop. So he would like an external HD of some sort to store the music. He also needs fairly large storage because he likes to keep his music files in the highest quality format which also means the largest format. * He does have a wireless network and his home is networked if that is necessary. * He also does not like to use the auxiliary jack to transmit music. He would prefer to use an optical out or something similar. (please keep in mind... I may be using the wrong word usage as I am not an audiophile and I only play music on my computer and iphone) I hope someone can give me some advice as the applestore and best buy helpers were not very knowledgeable. Also, I should mention that he would prefer to keep the price below $1,000.00. Any questions are welcome; however, I can't promise I will have the answers. Thanks for any help provided.