This is an all in one music server. It will rip,record and play cd's, so no cd player or recorder is needed.Can be connected to your tv thru hdmi for music library. It will hold 6,000 cd's and currently there is a collection of 3000+ cd's on it[ripped in FLAC], mainly jazz but with a few hundred rock,singer songwriter and americana thrown in.The chip used in the dac on this unit is the excellent Burr-Brown 1792A which makes this an excellent DAC.This chip is used in many world class DAC's.Everything functions correctly and it has the current software. It had a new mother board installed by olive last year.It sounds absolutely wonderful and has beaten every DAC or cd player[many great ones], I have owned. All you need is speakers and amp!!Comes with 2TB external USB drive with complete back up of current collection, manual, boxes, 2 remotes [one brand new], and power cord. Please use my direct email, pianopiggyatcomcastdotnet instead of the Audiogon system as it has been problematic....See my feedback and buy with confidence!