More high quality audio goodness from Slim Devices (recently acquired by Logitech): this time, the product is the Transporter. The concept is the same – how do you stream your audio from your computer over to your main audio system? We’ve covered similar products in the past including the Squeezeboxes (1,2) from Slim. The Transporter immediately appeals to your visual senses with its elegant sleek black box (it also comes in silver) with green LCD display. It doesn’t stop there, as Slim Devices has pulled out all of the stops for this one. Read on for more…
The Transporter features the AK4396 DAC (digital to analog converter) that has a high dynamic range that can be used in concert with its variety of inputs to produce the highest quality sound. Some of those digital inputs include RCA, BNC and XLR connectors. A main means of network connectivity is via WiFi (802.11g), but it also features 100Mbps Ethernet for those of you haven’t jumped on the wireless bandwagon. On the audio format side, the Transporter supports quite a variety of formats: compressed formats like MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MusePack, and WMA; lossless formats: Apple Lossless, FLAC, WMA Lossless; and uncompressed formats: AIFF, WAV, PCM. If you’re worried about upgradeability, the firmware can be flashed to newer versions. And on a last note concerning audio quality for you audiophiles out there: the Transporter has separate linear supplies for Analog, DAC, and clocks and the DAC and output amplifiers are powered by Super Regulators which offer lower output impedance, faster response, and better noise rejection than standard three-terminal regulators.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)