Slim Devices Transporter network music player Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Source: Ayre C-5xe universal player, Musical Fidelity X-DACV3.
Preamplifiers: Ayre K-1xe, Krell Evolution 202.
Power Amplifiers: Ayre MX-R, Krell Evolution 600 (both monoblocks).
Loudspeakers: Dynaudio Confidence C4, Vandersteen Quatro Signature.
Cables: Digital: Stereovox XV2. Interconnect: Krell CAST, Shunyata Research Aries. Speaker: Shunyata Research Lyra, Stereovox Firebird. AC: Shunyata Research Anaconda & Orion.
Accessories: Audience adeptResponse power conditioner; Ayre L5 AC line filter; Furutech eTP60 power distributor, RWL-1 acoustic treatment panels, FP20A duplex outlets; Shunyata Research Hydra power distributor; RealTraps RFZ, Mondo Traps, Mini Traps; OSAR Selway/Magruder equipment racks; Ayre Myrtle Wood Blocks.—Wes Phillips

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Slim Devices
455 National Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 210-9400
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Archimago's picture

Nice review for one of my favorite pieces of gear!

Truly "state of the art" measurements even compared to units many times the MSRP.

Over the years, I've often wondered what the jitter measurements would be like through the ethernet since in reality, I think most audiophiles would be running this unit wired rather than via WiFi to minimize buffer issues especially for 24/96 audio.

earwaxxer's picture

I have had this puppy since the 'nob' days. Just reread the review from 2007, one of the reviews I used to base my purchase of the Transporter on,  and reconfirmed what I think about this box. Part of me has lately had the yen to 'upgrade', since I have had it for 4 or 5 years now. I am coming to the realization now that I would STILL have to pay some big bucks, along the lines of a Berkeley Alpha DAC ll with USB converter to be sure it was really a step up. Now this observation requires some qualifications. First of all the Transporter HAS to be used via Ethernet to get the best sound quality. Second, redbook needs to be upsampled with min phase and dither applied with a good SRC (Sox) before it is sent to the Transporter. With those two things done I would love to read some reviews compared to ultra bux DAC's. -- Thats all for now! Probably write other comments in another 5 yrs or so...

earwaxxer's picture

Look, this hobby changes on a dime. I'm not saying I got rid of my Transporter. Actually the opposite. I recently went with JPS labs cables throughout. I know thats another topic, but to put it succinctly, it forced a reevaluation of all such connected equipment. Out was the tube preamp. The JPS cables reveled 'all' of it. Not a good picture. One the positive side I have gone to using my Transporter as a preamp. The sound is very good. I had put some considerable effort time and money into my DIY tube pre. A bit disappointed and excited at the same time. Plus one for the Transporter.

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