The original Squeezebox has long been the wallet-friendly name in music streaming, but Slim Devices has just announced that it’s taking a dive off the high-end board with this costly new model for audiophiles.
The Transporter certainly hasn’t been found wanting for bold claims – it’s announced that it can surpass the sound quality of most top-range hi-fi gear and will result in the ‘death of the CD player’.
Audiophiles will no doubt shake their heads at such claims, but the new streamer certainly has the innards to impress anyone looking for an alternative to Yamaha’s MusicCast or the Sonos system.
For starters, it has what Slim Devices modestly calls the latest ‘miracle’ DAC chip from AKM, which is supplied by a gold plated circuit board to keep analogue and digital signals separate.
As you’d expect there are plenty more hi-fi touches too – power is apparently supplied to the DAC by three separate circuits, there are gold-plated connectors, and our favourite piece of audiophile-talk, the polyphenylene film capacitors, apparently keep the amplifier output rounded.
There’d be no point having all this trickery without support for uncompressed digital formats, and the Transporter supports plenty of these – Apple Lossless, FLAC, WMA Lossless, AIFF, WAV and PCM are all welcomed.
There’s still no support for DRM-ed WMA or AAC files sadly, but you do get access to tons of internet radio stations, including Pandora’s personalized genius and Rhapsody’s 2-million strong catalogue. We’ll report back as soon as one’s tickled our eardrums.