Those into high end audio find the Transporter to be worth the $.
I personally would buy a Squeezebox Touch.
posted: May. 13, 2012 @ 10:43p
The value of this unit is in the very high quality digital to analog converter (DAC) in it. You can use this as a standalone DAC bypassing the streamer. I was very lucky to obtain one of these units for $300 (my wife would kill me if I spent $1000 on audio equipment). I acutally find the audio quality of the streamer portion to be average (even with FLAC), but I do use it at times to drive whole house audio (you can do all kinds of cool stuff with squeezeboxes like take 3 of them and sync the music). The way that I currently listen to audio is to use an HTPC with J River media center, Creative EMU sound card. I send the SPDIF output from the EMU to the Transporter's DAC. I use ASIO to send the audio to the sound card unmangled by windows.
I must say that prior to having the transporter, I would never have considered spending this much on a piece of audio equipment, but now that I have it I can say that I really do enjoy listening to music passed through this thing. My previous setup passed the EMU's SPDIF output to the receiver directly (DENON AVR-991) and it really is night and day when you substitute the transporter for the Denon's DAC.
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