The ipod/hard disc playback is a nice feature but the inability to play flac is a problem. At that price, Marantz could have added digital inputs which would have made the CD player more useful. Given the competition that CDs face from other sources such as computers, streaming devices, etc., it would make sense even when manufacturing CD players for dedicated 2 channel listening to make them as future proof as possible.
Mac Mini (as server) -> Squeezebox Touch, AE express->Cambridge Dacmagic Plus -> Outlaw RR2150 Stereo Receiver->PSB Image T^6 (dedicated 2 channel system)
Mac Mini -> NAD T747 -> PSB Imagine B, Samsung UN46EH6000, Panasonic dmp-bdt220 (home theater family room)
Macbook-> audio gd fun "b" dac/headphone amp -> audioengine N-22 amplifier -> audioengine P-4 speakers/Energy ESW-M8 sub/Beyerdynamic DT 880 (home office)