Originally Posted by Dimitris
Have you ever tried running the Transporter directly to the power amp without any pre-amp? What were the results?
No I haven't basically because from what I've read both the Transporter and the Squezebox sound their best when their volume is set at 100%. Since I already own a very nice preamp, which I still would need to switch between my Transporter, MacCormack disc player (which plays SACDs and DVD-Audio discs) and my turntable I haven't bothered to check out the sound of the Transporter connected directly to my amp. Hey, isn't that the kind of thing that the professional audio equipment reviewers get paid to do.
Originally Posted by Lord Chaos
Edit: Ralph cross-posted. I agree with his comment about the Squeezebox changing the way you listen to music. It's quick and easy. I could easily put the computer in another room and just use the Squeezebox as my control system.
Here's an example of just how transforming a Transporter can be:
My wife is applying for a temporary job (through 2009/2010) located in the Netherlands. There is a very good possibly that should she get the position I would go with her to live there for at least some of the time. Now I have a very large LP and CD collection and the thought of either taking those LPs and CDs with me or leaving them behind are both very frightening. However, with a Transporter, a terrabyte external hard drive and nice laptop computer I can now take most of my CD collection and at least some of my LP collection with me by ripping them onto the hard drive. All I would need to get once in Europe would be a decent integrated amp and some nice monitors and I'd be all set.
Plus I could still buy new CDs and rip them onto the hard drive via the laptop without even owning a CD player and I could still listen to my favorite US streaming radio stations via SqueezeNetwork. Truly a remarkable concept and very much transforming of the way one thinks about collecting recorded music.
|I've got the MacBook Pro and an external HD which contains all my lossless files so the setup is quite similar. Are you using iTunes? If so, any problems?
Why would one even want to use iTunes? Does iTunes even recognize FLAC files? Does iTunes do anything other than use up all kinds of resources on one's computer? Oh that's right, with iTunes you can get pretty pictures of the album art provided of course that the album in question is available via the iTunes store which is not really useful if you happen to like JAZZ!!!
Sorry for the mini-rant but I tend to get very frustrated with the fact that iTunes can't automatically provide any cover art for more than 50% to 75% of my music collection. I added the word "atutomatically" since if I jump through enough hoops I can cover art in iTunes to just about any recording.