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Slim Devices Squeezebox - any opinions on audio quality?

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Has anybody tried out the Slim Devices Squeezebox? How good are the analogue and digital signals out of it? For example, if I store my music in a lossless format on my computer and feed it through the Squeezebox and into a good DAC, has anybody got a feel for how it would compare with a good CD player?

Jonathan.
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I use a Squeezebox exclusively with my headphone setup. I've been very happy with it.

I haven't tried the analog outputs, only the optical output to my MSB Link DAC. I encoded my entire library to FLAC, and although it was a great deal of time to do so, it was well worth the effort.

I noticed a small improvement in sound quality when switching to the squeezebox, from my old transport (but that was a POS.) I think most of the improved sound was gained by using EAC to rip the discs, allowing for improved error correction. I don't have an expensive transport to compare it against, so YMMV. Check the message forums over at slimdevices, I've heard of a couple people doing some hi-end comparisons...

Mostly, the real benefit has been the flexibility it has provided me in listening to my library. I'm listening to stuff I haven't pulled out in months, simply because I can actually FIND what I want, when I want it.

FYI, you should note that the current release of the firmware and server software are a little buggy. There is a new release due out pretty soon, which should fix most of the bigger problems.
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http://lists.slimdevices.com/archive...ne/030513.html

Here's a link to non DBT listening tests between a Wadia 860x transport and the squeezebox, both w/an external dac.
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