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post #31 of 148
davvy - it's all about the jitter, baby.

Anyway... Wow, just wow.

Take this, CD diehards!
post #32 of 148
Very interesting and can't wait to hear more, but I'm with davvy on the price. You could get a near silent laptop like the MacBook (w/FrontRow) and a Lavry/Benchmark, etc. for the same price. It would be a great 1.2-1.5K machine though.

On a side note- is it just me or why do so many Slim Devices threads (though not all) originate or get moved by mods (I've had one) to the dedicated source components forum? Shouldn't this be in the computer forum as nearly all of its functionality requires a computer? It's no different than many wireless or breakout soundcards in that respect.
post #33 of 148
It's beautiful!

Depending on people's opinions of this, I just might be able to afford this in about three years, probably more, and damn it, it'll be worth every penny.
post #34 of 148
am i lame for liking the digital blue-green VU meters too? Sorta remind me of the Marantz!
post #35 of 148
It is beautiful

It does cost a lot

It could be replaced with high-end separates (e.g., DAC, SB3)

It does have high-end parts

So it's a push...










oh... hold it... the judges are re-checking the counts and lo and behold there is a Head-fi factor... and it moves the push to a "Grand Slam MUST BUY"!



I am waiting for when the technology gets so far advanced and small that the equivalent of today's high-end DAC, amp and source will all be the size of an iPod. Then we are a-rocking!!
post #36 of 148

Enlighten me, guys...

For the life of me, it looks nice - but for $2K?!
It's still running the same SlimServer music that your $300 SB3 does. We all know by now that decent DACs with separate power supplies and "super power supplies" can be had for a lot less $$$. All that is old news.
As for jitter control, some re-clocking DACs offer similar specs, but the jury is still out on the sonic quality of budget re-clocking. And if the source material comes off a hard-drive, then you are almost guaranteed low jitter.
So, enlighten me, guys... Is there something I'm missing?
post #37 of 148
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Originally Posted by Ori
For the life of me, it looks nice - but for $2K?!
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Just a marketing scheme to get people like me to buy them. If it cost less than $1K, I would be afraid it is a POS. At $2K it might still be a POS, but I'm willing to pay for that POS... in fact make it 2.
post #38 of 148
The common combo of transport + spdif + cable + dac is not that good. The fact this is all in one could mean a very good thing. The super regulators are a good thing as with any PSU enhancements. Being separate from the computer is also a good thing.

Is it worth 2K? Maybe for the feature set and compared to what else is on the market, it is. Then again there's not much competition. Sonically, that's to be determined.
post #39 of 148
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Originally Posted by Jahn
am i lame for liking the digital blue-green VU meters too? Sorta remind me of the Marantz!
Not lame at all, they're cool. The regular Squeezebox has those too, in fact. What the Squeezebox doesn't have is dual displays so you can see the VU and your song choice at the same time.
post #40 of 148
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Originally Posted by Ori
For the life of me, it looks nice - but for $2K?!
It's still running the same SlimServer music that your $300 SB3 does. We all know by now that decent DACs with separate power supplies and "super power supplies" can be had for a lot less $$$. All that is old news.
As for jitter control, some re-clocking DACs offer similar specs, but the jury is still out on the sonic quality of budget re-clocking. And if the source material comes off a hard-drive, then you are almost guaranteed low jitter.
So, enlighten me, guys... Is there something I'm missing?
The missing factor is the Ethernet connection between the computer and the Transporter. All the Ethernet can guarantee is that the bits arrive in the correct order. As for when they arrive -- well, all bets are off! Short answer -- the incoming bit stream will need to be re-clocked before the DAC gets involved. That's why Slim Devices has gone to such extremes with their local clock quality.
post #41 of 148
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Originally Posted by lan
The common combo of transport + spdif + cable + dac is not that good. The fact this is all in one could mean a very good thing. The super regulators are a good thing as with any PSU enhancements. Being separate from the computer is also a good thing.
Yeah. And it has looks unlike any other to boot!
post #42 of 148
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Originally Posted by akwok
Yeah. And it has looks unlike any other to boot!
I ordered both of mine in black. I really couldn't ask for more.

post #43 of 148

A decent clock is not that expensive

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Originally Posted by machead
That's why Slim Devices has gone to such extremes with their local clock quality.
It's only one factor, but even then we're not talking a Cesium or Rubidium clock, just one with low noise around the carrier. Text book material in microwave engineering.
The price is a marketing decision. It just looks odd for a company which offers the extremely-accomplished SB3 for $300 (or less).
post #44 of 148
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Originally Posted by Sleestack
I ordered both of mine in black. I really couldn't ask for more.

If you ever want to sell one.. PM me..

Can't wait to read your impressions!
post #45 of 148
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Originally Posted by Ori
The price is a marketing decision.
Well duh. It's also the price they set so they could make enough profit off of it, just like any component.

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Originally Posted by davvy
I think it is a positive step that a company has seen fit to release a product like this. But for me, the price is a total dealbreaker. For that money, I could build an entire computer (with much more flexibility and higher useability) and connect it to a high quality DAC.

Surely just buying a Squeezebox 3 or something similar and connecting it to a $1000 DAC (eg Lavry, Benchmark, AQVox etc) would sound just as good and cost at least $700 less. Or am I missing something ?
You don't seem to get it, it's basically a dac with a built in squeezebox. You would have to build a computer anyway. There is no hard drive or anything, unlike the Olive stuff.
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