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 use this at our church. It's fantastic. Way more than we expected. Very handy that it's rack mountable. One of the most useful things on the Tascam is the iPod interface. Just set the iPod in it's slide out rack. Then control it with the remote. Tascam really thought things through on this one.
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.