Slim Devices Transporter Kills Your CD Player

Slim Device’s self-proclaimed audiophile grade network music player, the Transporter ($1999), is highly recommended by Soundstage AV’s Doug Schneider. After going over its easy set up and sonic qualities (on par with similarly priced DACs, this is encouraging to hear as the Transporter’s quality to value ratio has been questioned by other reviews and random forum posts), he proclaims the Transporter the death of the stand alone CD transport as a high end digital source:

The Slim Devices Transporter marks a shift in the way we audiophiles play music, and I believe it signals the death of the CD transport. In fact, I think someone would be foolish to spend much money on a CD transport today. Have one, yes, but start thinking about other ways to store and stream your music — such as Slim Devices’ Transporter-SlimServer solution. It’s that good — and it’s the way of the future. It just happens to be here today.

Awesome. I can stop my search for a new CD player, ignore MSNBC’s bad advice to buy an old Playstation as an “audiophile” CD player (I looked into this a few months ago and the PS1’s are hard to source and it takes way too much work to get the game machine to sound nice (and not even “audiophile” nice, just better than many DVD players and cheap CD players), this site has info on all the mods) and be satisfied with my computer music over a network player like the Transport (or my more humble Airport Express and Sony PSP set up which I still need to find a batter DAC for than my Onkyo TX-DS989 AV Receiver).

2 thoughts on “Slim Devices Transporter Kills Your CD Player

  • December 20, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    I was thinking about this for a replacement for my 400disc changer that just died on me, then I started looking into digital servers with a hard drive for storing my CDs to so I would have a much easier time finding and playing my library. I came across the Phipils WACS700 ( and returned it 5 days after it arrived. then I found the Olive Musica ( and it’s awesome. I no longer need my CDs for home audio enoyment!!!

  • December 21, 2006 at 7:06 am

    Wow, I’m jealous, the Olive is fancy and expensive. I hope you ripped your CD collection to WAV files with Exact Audio Copy for the best performance (or a lossless format like FLAC or Apple’s, not sure what Olive supports).


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