Slim Devices Transporter network music player Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: WiFi (802.11g) and/or Ethernet-connected D/A processor with digital-domain volume control (range-adjusted with resistor jumpers). Digital inputs: TosLink, coaxial, BNC, AES/EBU, word-clock (BNC). Digital outputs: TosLink, coaxial, BNC, AES/EBU. Analog outputs, 1 pair each: RCA, balanced XLR. Operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.3 or later; 733MHz Pentium running Windows NT/2000/XP; Linux/BSD/Solaris/Perl 5.8.3 or later. Sample rates supported: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz. Audio formats supported: linear PCM, 16 or 24 bits/sample. Maximum output levels: 2V RMS, single-ended; 3V RMS, balanced. Signal/noise ratio: 120dB (no reference specified). THD: –106dB (0.00005%). Intrinsic jitter: 11ps (standard deviation). Power: auto-ranging, relay-controlled. Supplied accessories: user's manual, SlimServer software (requires download), custom infrared remote control, 2 AA batteries.
Dimensions: 17" (433mm) W by 3" (77mm) H by 12.25" (311mm) D. Shipping weight: 11 lbs (5kg).
Finishes: Clear or black anodized aluminum.
Serial Number Of Unit Reviewed: 96665 0047 5 (listening); 000420100306 (measuring).
Price: $1999. Approximate number of dealers: sold direct as well as through specialty audio retailers. Warranty: 3 years parts & labor.
Manufacturer: Slim Devices, Inc., 455 National Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043. Tel: (650) 210-9400. Web:

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

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.