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WSLam
post Sep 26 2006, 09:22
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Finally took delivery of the Transporter yesterday. The black one is mine, the silver one is my bro-in-law's.
Here are some photos. Enjoy















So far, I have almost nothing but praise for the Transporter. What stole my attention was the Analog Out from the Transporter. Truly remarkable, especially given this is SD's first attempt at the audiophile market. I think they have suceeded.

Cheers, ws

Transporter -> EMM Labs DCC2 SE -> Acoustic Reality eAR1001 -> Magico Mini
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Hamman
post Sep 26 2006, 10:43
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Great!
I've always been of the opinion that this forum needs more images tongue.gif
What made you choose the transporter over the standard Squeezebox?


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cliveb
post Sep 27 2006, 10:31
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QUOTE (Hamman @ Sep 26 2006, 10:43) *
What made you choose the transporter over the standard Squeezebox?

If you read WSLam's posts over on the Slim Devices forum, you'll discover that he must be pretty rich (eg. former owner of a Linn CD12 - a $12k CD player), so the price of the Transporter ($2k) was probably pocket money for him.

But in any case, the Transporter does have some very interesting capabilities over & above the Squeezebox, quite apart from the expected better sound quality. I'm not rich, but am seriously considering a Transporter to replace my Squeezebox. I just need to pluck up the courage to broach the subject with my wife....
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ModelCitizen
post Oct 10 2006, 11:49
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QUOTE (cliveb @ Sep 27 2006, 01:31) *
But in any case, the Transporter does have some very interesting capabilities over & above the Squeezebox, quite apart from the expected better sound quality. I'm not rich, but am seriously considering a Transporter to replace my Squeezebox. I just need to pluck up the courage to broach the subject with my wife....

Well, I've bit the bullet and bought one after hearing a few reviews of the sound quality (I've been extremely pleased with my Squeezox 2). The wierd thing is that in the end (for me) it works out very cheaply, in fact amazingly cheaply (if not free) for a top end, highly-configurable and very flexible audiophile device.

Consider:

1) Comes with free Squeezebox 3 (which I will probably use in the kitchen or bedroom, possibly synchronised with the Transporter sometimes and maybe as my alarm clock too). BTW. This offer is still open on the SlimDevices web site if not elsewhere.
2) Has great internal DAC (so I can sell my existing Benchmark Dac1)
3) Has own internal pre-amp (so I can sell my existing pre-amp)

I can run other devices through it's DAC too.

I love the displays. The configuration possibilities for these seem endless too (two displays with two lines each with left and right configuration options) . I could do without VU meters and will be replacing them with a scrolling output from my Flac files Comment tag (all my files have the Comment tag populated with Bio's and Album Reviews), a progress bar, track number, artist, album, track and still have space left for graphic equalisers (should I want to use them).

I am just staggered by this device. It's very hard to believe it is the price it is. If a normal hi-end audio company had produced it (like NAIM for instance) it would be 10 or 20 times the price. The fact that a small open-source based company has produced a device to such exacting standards is pretty unbelievable.

I guess the only two things I can think of that would improve it are:

1) A display capable of showing album art
2) No buttons or knobs (seems pointless when you have a remote)

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- WSLam   Slim Devices Transporter   Sep 26 2006, 09:22
- - Hamman   Great! I've always been of the opinion th...   Sep 26 2006, 10:43
|- - WSLam   QUOTE (Hamman @ Sep 26 2006, 17:43) Great...   Sep 26 2006, 17:24
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (Hamman @ Sep 26 2006, 10:43) What ...   Sep 27 2006, 10:31
|- - ModelCitizen   QUOTE (cliveb @ Sep 27 2006, 01:31) But i...   Oct 10 2006, 11:49
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (ModelCitizen @ Oct 10 2006, 11:49)...   Oct 10 2006, 20:35
|- - ModelCitizen   Just tell the wife you got a new box for the SB2 a...   Oct 11 2006, 21:43
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (ModelCitizen @ Oct 11 2006, 21:43)...   Oct 12 2006, 10:11
|- - ModelCitizen   QUOTE (cliveb @ Oct 12 2006, 01:11) Yeh, ...   Oct 12 2006, 11:15
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (ModelCitizen @ Oct 12 2006, 11:15)...   Oct 12 2006, 14:12
- - CSMR   Looks good!   Sep 26 2006, 14:02
- - ChangFest   Frick! I don't care how good it sounds, th...   Sep 26 2006, 15:45
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE Finally took delivery of the Transporter yes...   Sep 26 2006, 16:51
- - WSLam   I just took the cover off the Transporter and took...   Sep 26 2006, 18:03
- - WSLam   I just put up a full gallery of photos of the Tran...   Sep 26 2006, 20:23
- - CSMR   How do you naviage through your music collection o...   Oct 10 2006, 15:16
|- - ModelCitizen   QUOTE (CSMR @ Oct 10 2006, 06:16) How do ...   Oct 10 2006, 15:36
|- - ModelCitizen   QUOTE (CSMR @ Oct 10 2006, 06:16) How do ...   Oct 10 2006, 15:46
- - CSMR   Thanks. I suppose one could get used to browsing w...   Oct 10 2006, 16:55
- - ModelCitizen   QUOTE (CSMR @ Oct 10 2006, 07:55) Thanks....   Oct 10 2006, 19:21


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