...when I come to think of it, who monitors the signal using S/PDIF when recording S/PDIF...?
- at least sometimes.
Normally, my MD player is connected digitally to my stereo system.
It has only one digital output.
So when I want to use the Iriver to record a minidisc and listen
to it over the stereo at the same time, I connect the MD out to the
Iriver in and the Iriver out to the hifi in...
Regarding the rest of the discussion:
I don't mind having to leave the recording menu to turn on the output,
as most of my digital recordings are done at home with no time pressure.