Summary: I read the reviews prior to purchase and must say you do have to use the analog connection to use the iPod dock. This was not a problem for me as my home system is set up for both analog and digital and I prefer the analog played 2 channel through the tube amp any way.
Summary: This is an invaluable player for a competitive ballet/jazz/hip hop dance studio. I bought three of these for the installation and they choreographers and teachers use iPod, laptop and CDs, switching quickly between the three.
Summary: We were living with a 300 cd juke box that a professional company had installed about 10 years ago. Found I was enjoying listening to my iPod more. More current selections and just the songs I like from the albums in the juke box.
Summary: We use this on our church sound system. We use an iPod for all of our background music. It works great and controls the iPod well. My only complant is the inability to enter CD track numbers on the face of the player. Unfortunately you have to use the remote to do it.
SERIOUS Design Flaw! iPod does NOT WORK thru digital outs!
3 March 2012
Summary: So I bought this "pro" CD unit because it has SPDIF (coax) digital outputs which would work well with my digital board. Digital connection is clean, you don't worry about levels, it cuts down on cable clutter, it leaves my analog inputs open for other things, etc.
Summary: Nice unit, but be aware that the Ipod dock does not work with the digital audio out connections. The Ipod and Aux only work with analog out. So, if you were hoping to get digital signal to your fancy DAC from your Ipod it's not going to happen with this unit.