Hello, I'm wondering if anyone can help me. Simply put, I would like to play "lossless" files through my stereo receiver with the best possible sound quality. The particulars of my situation are as follows: 1. I have a Lacie external hard drive with music files all encoded using itunes and its "lossless" format. 2. I have a new, mid-range stereo receiver. 3. I would prefer not to involve my laptop in connecting these two devices. 4. I would prefer to use wired connections. I understand that I need some other device to act as an interface. I tried to do this using my TV and my DVD player, both of which are connected to my receiver with HDMI cables. Both the TV and the DVD player are capable of playing digital files via USB, but I found that these devices will only communicate with flash drives (my external is not a flash drive). I also tried using a Sling Catcher (which I can also connect to my receiver with HDMI). While the Sling Catcher recognizes the external drive, an error message indicates that it is only compatible with FAT 32 file systems. I have found conflicting information about simply using a PS3 to play the files on my external drive. My research on the topic had left me so confused about file systems, file formats, extensions, etc. that I couldn't even begin to formulate a useful question, so I'll ask it this way: Can I use a PS3 to play "lossless" files (encoded using itunes) directly from my external drive, that is, without involving my computer in any way, and without storing the files on the PS3? If not, could anyone suggest any alternatives? Are there other products that can act as interfaces (Apple TV)? Would it be advisable to convert all my music using some other file system and/or file format? (I'd like to avoid this). I think that SONOS can do this and more, but it is beyond my budget. I've considered getting a Mac Mini and using it as an interface, but this also seems like an expensive solution for what should be a simple task. Sorry for the long post (my first) but any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.