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Slim Devices Transporter high-end digital audio player

Audiophile device transports music to a new level?

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As can be seen from the photos, it's all there and (almost) working. The music quality is vastly improved when played through a sensible, audiophile system. The twin 320 x 32 vacuum fluorescent displays - the same as the Squeezebox's screen - make navigation very easy while allowing for special effects like two single-channel VU meters, one for the left speaker, the other for the right.

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The unit has built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 10/100Mbps Ethernet. It will decode and play streamed WAV, AIFF, MP3, WMA and FLAC files, with other formats supported by on-the-fly decoders running on the computer hosting the music. As with the Squeezebox, there's no support for WMA DRM files or songs downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store.

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There are still a few bugs but these are being worked on, Slim Devices said. The remaining issues are mainly cosmetic - though it is still possible to crash the unit. The audio quality is constantly being improved along with usability, but it sounded pretty good when I sampled it.

Playing audio streams which were encoded in a lossless format - WAV, FLAC and Apple - shows the transparency of the Transporter. Any sounds in the original recordings are faithfully reproduced. Playing badly encoded or low bit-rate MP3s shows just how badly encoded they are. This is an audiophile system and demands a high quality amplifier and speaker system to make the most of it - if it's going to be used with an iPod-type speaker system get a Squeezebox instead.

Though the Transporter does have a digital output stage, it's almost a waste as the DACs and analogue output are so well engineered and such a huge amount of effort has been put in to get that sounding just right. The digital outputs are exceptionally clean and will probably outshine any other digital device in a home set-up.

Verdict

Slim Devices' Transporter looks good and sounds great. It's not for everyone - if your digital music collection consists entirely of 128Kbps MP3s, you're going to hear why audiophiles prefer lossless music formats. But if you're the proud owner of a hi-fi that cost more than a small car and you're ready to archive your music collection to computer, Transporter should be at the top of your list of equipment to audition. ®

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Slim Devices Transporter high-end digital audio player

Stylish looks and audiophile sound quality - and it's not even finished yet...
Price: $1,999 RRP

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