The Onkyo doc is superior in every way. I would also look at the new PURE i-20 dock.
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Well my question has been answered and brought to closure. I purchased the 171i and right out of the box it sounded much better than the 170i. I understand that Wadia is going to continue to offer the 170i, why I'm not sure, other than it's a couple hundred $$ less, but the 171 is so much better I feel it's worth the extra expense, especially if you have a high res system.
Thanks all! Signing out on this one.