Slim Devices Introduces Transporter; The Ultimate Device for Audiophiles

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Today, Slim Devices introduced Transporter, the most advanced networked audio system available. Designed to appeal to the most discerning audiophiles and music lovers, Transporter’s sound quality surpasses that of even the most sophisticated high-end compact disc players. It also offers a broad range of options not available on any CD player, including thousands of Internet radio stations, Pandora’s award-winning personalized music service and Rhapsody’s two-million track collection of online music. Audiophiles can use Transporter to listen to their entire music collection, regardless of whether it was originally downloaded on their PC or purchased on CD. These capabilities are expected to make CD players obsolete.

The retail price for Transporter will be $1,999. Slim Devices will accept pre-orders for Transporter starting today and begin shipping the product on September 18.

Slim Devices CEO and co-founder Sean Adams explained that Slim Devices has been designing affordable streaming audio products for single and multi-room use since 2000. “Slim Devices’ Squeezebox products have long been respected for high sound quality among networked audio systems,” said Sean Adams, the CEO and founder of Slim Devices. “With Transporter, we set out to design an even better system by incorporating ideas both from the audiophile community and specialist engineers from around the globe. Transporter is designed not merely to rival traditional high-end sources, but to surpass them in both subjective and quantifiable performance.”

Slim Devices’ Squeezebox delivers pure digital sound throughout the home without the hassle of shuffling through CDs. With a simple remote control, Squeezebox works with just about any home stereo to provide instant access to digital music collections on home computers, Rhapsodys robust music catalog, a broad selection of Internet radio stations and thousands of themed playlists.

Award-winning industrial designer Fred Bould, who previously designed Slim Devices’ Squeezebox, is responsible for the case and remote design. Several of his works are included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Transporter’s thick aluminum chassis protects the system from external noise, and gives it a high-quality fit and finish that will complement any system. The case will be available in either black or clear anodized finish.

Inside Transporter
For Transporter, Slim Devices selected the AK4396 DAC, the newest and most advanced professional-grade converter from AKM. Its performance is remarkable especially at the high frequencies that create the sense of imaging and realism. Hailed as a “miracle DAC chip”, its low out-of-band noise allows the use of low-order output filters with higher cutoffs, resulting in preservation of phase and reduced distortion within the audible band.

Transporter’s gold plated circuit board is arranged to keep digital and analog sections separate, and to minimize jitter through careful management of clock signals. Power is supplied to the DAC and analog stages by three separate super-regulator circuits. The balanced amplifiers use precision polyphenylene film capacitors. Individual op-amp packages ensure low noise and immeasurable crosstalk between channels.

Special Offer for Those Pre-Ordering Transporter
The company will begin shipping the product on September 18, 2006 and will accept pre-orders until then. Any order placed before the ship date will receive a free Squeezebox, an ideal solution for customers who wish to listen to their digital music in more than one room. Customers can place pre-orders on Slim Devices’ website (

About Slim Devices™
Slim Devices, founded in 2000, is the worldwide pioneer of network entertainment products for users of personal computers and the Internet. Slim Devices’ innovative hardware and Open Source software are setting the standard for an exciting new product category. The Slim Devices, Transporter, and Squeezebox logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Slim Devices, Inc.

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  • CharlyD

    Congratulations to Slim Devices for introducing a product that will finally draw the high-end audio market into the modern world! I’ve found it ludicrous that high-end vendors continue to introduce CD players when new technologies offer far greater performance as well as convenience capabilities. But there are several aspects of the Transporter that I don’t quite understand:

    • Why is there a digital input? To connect to an external CD transport? I thought this box with a media server would replace the CD player.
    • Why is there a digital output? This seems to be a perfectly fine DAC; why have another?
    • This device supports FLAC files or uncompressed PCM with 24-bit, 96 kHz format. How does one obtain content in this format? DVD-Audio or one of the new HD formats are the only media I know of that carry this content, but DRM is enforced.
    • Why $2000? The price on the AK4396 DAC used in the Transporter is only $2.60 in 1000 unit quantities (2004 pricing and it is used in the Creative 1616M Sound System at $500.
    • Why VU meters? A nice retro touch I guess but utterly useless.
    • Is anybody’s DRM (Windows, Apple, Real) supported?


  • kadosh

    To try to answer your questions

    1 – to allow people to use the built-in DAC with other digital sources. There are a range of devicess other than CD players that could use this . . time will tell if this is a popular facility.

    2 – Choice again. Audiophiles are people who are very selective about their equipment as they strive for ‘the perfect sound’. just because we feel the DAC is great, doesn’t mean they’ll agree. The option for delivering pure digital to another DAC or processor is there for those that want it.

    3 – This primarily for people with their own recording equipment right now. Whether that’s concert or studio recordings.

    4 – Well there’s a bunch of other stuff that goes around that ‘$2.60 DAC’. Then there’s the time and knowledge that working out what other components to use, how to put them together in a meaningful way and then getting it all to sound good. Most companies would respectfully suggest their products represent more than the sum of their components. Of course if people feel they can build a comparable product for less money, they are very welcome to. We actually feel we’ve done something like that to the manufacturers of CD players in the $5K+ bracket.

    5 – They look cool andd they are our most popular visualizer. Of course Transporter supports all the graphics that Squeezebox offers, we just could only show one in the photograph. Now we have two screens it will be interesting what new options our development community comes up with.

    6 – Not at present as our customers are primarily interested in playing the own existing music collections and online sources like Internet Radio, Pandora, etc. This is something that can easily be changed via a software upgrade if user demand and the cpmmercial landscape changes.

    I hope this answers your questions. If not, please take a look at our forums at

    Jez Hildred
    Slim Devices

  • yetis

    Wow, way to go Jez. Pretty cool to see the a company surfing the chat rooms. Question, wouldn’t the displays on the front, just create more digital “noise”. Most high end stand alone DACs are black boxes for a reason, as they want the least amount of interference, as they process the signal. I guess the adage, less is more, is appropriate. Ignoring the black art of over sampling, I would think the “cool” looking displays would keep the most discriminating audiophile away.

    As a self proclaimed junior audiophile, I am looking for something that does not try to be everything, just one thing. I am looking for a black box, that controls my music. Has no DAC’s, 5.1 processor, etc. All I want is a network connection in, a display to tell me what is playing, and a COAXIAL NOT A OPTICAL digital OUT. This will go into MY DAC/processor.

  • kadosh

    I don’t have a detailed answer for you – check out our forums, where Sean our CEO and lead hardware designer posts regularly. The short answer is that Sean is very aware of such concerns and will have done all that is humnaly possible to minimize noise from the displays. Transporter includes a number of super regulators to provide clean, separate power to the various subsystems.

    As for your ‘ideal product’, Transporter does all that you ask and a few other things. On the digital side we have TOSlink, Coax (RCA), BNC and balanced XLR connectors for out put and input (so you can use the built in DAC with other sources). And of course it is available in a ‘black box’ ;-)

    Jez Hildred
    slim devices

  • bobscomp

    thank you for a great product, now how about a service that can take advantage of it’s abilities? we need a music service that will provide high bit rate audio products, it is dificult if not imposable to rip SACD or DVDaudio, so how about a music service that will provide music at high audiophile quality. even riped music in wav audio format we end up with poor sound at 16 bit depth from disks that are scratched or dirty, lets skip that whole process and use this DAC to it’s full potential. who will be the first to provide this service and get us out of the old world of imperfect audio devices.