|Slim Devices Transporter Digital Music Player|
|Home Theater Media Servers Music Servers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007|
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The Transporter requires some computer set-up and knowledge to fully utilize. It requires some advance planning. You can’t just play a disc: the music has to be loaded onto the designated drive first, whereas the Escient has a built-in drive for spontaneous playback of a CD in hand, as well as being able to access music files off of a server. I would like to see better integration between Slim Server and Squeeze Network. For example, if I am listening to a song from my own hard drive via Slim Server, I could at the same time browse through other selections on Slim Server. However, if I want to see what is playing online through the Squeeze Network, the music playback stops, and vice-versa.
Sonically, I had no complaints. The Transporter performs as advertised. While it could not match the sonic excellence of the Classe CDP-202, I found it more than capable of holding its ground with other units within its price range.
Media servers are becoming more prevalent in today’s society. Music servers tend to come in two general flavors: those with built-in storage, such as iPods, Request and Escient, and those without, such as the Slim Devices units. The Slim Devices music players provide a whole-house audio system by allowing you to store all of your music in a central location and access it wherever you install a player unit, with each unit being able to either play its own selection or synchronize with each other for parties. The Slim Server music server software allows easy and quick access to your music or Internet radio.
Until now most similar systems were more difficult to operate and did not provide sound quality comparable to that of a high-end audio system. The Slim Devices Transporter delivers easy and immediate access to your music collection without compromising sound quality. If your system could benefit from a high-quality DAC as well as a music server system, I recommend the Transporter. If you already have a high-quality DAC with an extra input, check out the Squeeze Box and use its digital output to get the best audio quality. Either way, I would recommend that you set up the Slim Server software and your music collection on a NAS. This will isolate your music listening from computer crashes, as well as protect your music collection from hard drive problems.
In short, the Transporter provides an excellent way to keep your music collection at your fingertips without sacrificing sound quality.