Feeds

Slim Devices Transporter high-end digital audio player

Audiophile device transports music to a new level?

High performance access to file storage

So what's new? The main improvement over the Squeezebox is the a audio DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) which is very high quality using a delta-sigma conversion technique. The unit has optical, co-ax, BNC and XLR digital inputs and outputs. Other devices, such as a CD player, can be connected to the digital inputs and use the Transporter's high-quality DACs to convert the audio rather then the potentially poorer ones in the player itself. Analogue output is available from phono and balanced XLR connections.

slim devices transporter - audio circuitry

There's an external clock input, however the internal oscillators are extremely accurate so clocking the unit internally can actually produce better results than using the clock signal from an external source, Slim Devices maintains.

The power supply has also been completely redesigned and uses linear units for the audio side of things and a regular switch-mode power supply to drive the digital circuitry, including the displays. One problem with linear (transformer) supplies is that they only operate at a fixed input voltage so switching between US 110V and European 220V is usually a manual operation - which tends to mean fried systems or at least blown fuses. Slim Devices gets around this by initially connecting the linear supply to the 220V inputs and then clever circuitry driven by the switch-mode supply monitors the output voltage - if it's too low then it switches the input mode of the linear supply to 110V. As a result, nothing blows and the Transporter will work anywhere when plugged in.

slim devices transporter - power system

The remote control is also new. It's smaller and more stylish than the Squeezebox's remote and complements the new player's aesthetics nicely. The control also feels much more comfortable in the hand than its predecessor and other remotes do.

slim devices transporter - remore control

High performance access to file storage

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.