I am trying to decide between an Archos Gmini 220 and an IRiver iHP120. Both have similiar features and a 20 gb hard drive but the Iriver has SPDIF in and out to permit optical digital recording whereas the Archos has only analogue in and out. Would the difference be very noticeable or is it irrelevant since I can transfer files to either of them via USB 2.0 from the computer. Am I right in thinking that via USB the results would be the same to either but the SPDIF would make a significant difference if transferring from say Minidisc which could be done optically on the IRiver.
Or is it all of no significance?
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