I have never heard of a “hi-fi” that will play data files. I do know, however, that there is now some hard&soft-ware that will connect your PC to your stereo. There is a device that sits atop your stereo, a control centre if you will.
Around 450 Canadian. I wonder if the quality would be adversely effected by the distance of the cable (as most audio systems are). I would think, that most would not have their two systems in the same room (kinda defeats the purpose).
Interested to see how this thread plays out.
Creating a “data” cd will only get you files/folders. You can, actually, create a mp3 cd which will play like an audio cd (as we know). The benefit is, of course, that you will also have ID tags. Most audio systems are compatible with id1 (or, whatever its called). At least as car audio systems are concerned.
I have multiple cds for the car, all with the “correct” tags (make a note of this, you will have to check them before you burn them).
Next, mp3 players are not compatible with m3u/pls (the playlists). You will need to manually edit each filename (not tags) with the prefix 01, 02, 03 etc, in order to get them to play in the order you want.
A lot of work, to be sure. However, worth the hassle, as far as I am concerned.