For Christmas I received the Marantz iPod docking system. As I have been listening to my iPod through this new toy, I wondered about the sound quality of the iPod playing lossless music (through the Marantz and into my audiophile level system) versus the sound from my cd player. Let me be more specific. I am under the asumption (through things I have read in Stereophile) that cd players are flawed (and that the cd itself is flawed). And, again, I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the flaws come from the mechanics of the cd player when it comes to playback.
So here is my question... Can an iPod playing lossless files through a better than average connection to a HiFi system, rival or even better an entry level cd player because the iPod has less mechanics?