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My music is stored on a Mac Pro. Eighteen hundred CDs in Apple lossless ALAC format. I’ve been using Roon (expensive, I know - but it works very reliably and has a brilliant interface) to control a Slim Devices (Logitech) Transporter.  This feeds a Parasound JC2 pre (best I’ve ever heard, but I don’t get out much), a Halcro power amp and Harbeth SHL5s. The system has been stable for a number of years and, being entirely satisfied with it, I’ve kinda dropped out of the hifi world. Maybe this means that I’m not a proper enthusiast after all. 

Anyway. The Transporter has just died - display went erratic and after I turned it off it won’t restart.  So, the question is: what now?

The computer is 10 meters or so away from the amp so a USB.connection doesn’t seem possible. I’m looking at:

1. get the Transporter fixed.  But is it still anywhere near state of the art?  Are there any specialists in the maintenance of these things?

2. Buy a blu-ray player (don’t have one) like, say, the Oppo 205 or Yamaha BD-A1060 and use it as a streamer/dac?  The Oppo supports Roon, but I’d probably like to stop paying the annual charge.

3. Buy a network dac? Oppo Sonica is currently on offer. Is it worth looking at the Pioneers, or Cambridge Audios or what?

4. Buy a VortexBox storage solution and a usb dac?  The website’s not very clear about whether I’d need to reload my CDs into FLAC or if ALAC is supported. Anyone know?

Its pretty obvious that I don’t have a clue really.  So I’d be really grateful if some kind soul could point me in vaguely the right direction so that I can start some more in-depth research. 

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That’s not what you needed!  There are several new ones on offer in the USA via eBay for about £350. Not sure if you’d consider that route?

Would a Squeezebox Touch do much the same for you, as those are more often for sale.  I have one, presently switched off as recently moved to a Linn DS.  But regret I never really understood all the functions of the Transporter. 

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A guy from Meridian told me, in todays circumstances of limted transport options available ( including none from Meridian unless you buy their ten grand plus cd player !! ) he said actually you'd be as well with a good Oppo video player as your transport. I believe Oppo are ceasing production of disc players so you'll have to be quick or buy used ( its a bizarre one that and I still don't get their thinking - Oppo I mean )

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Option 1 in a heartbeat and save yourself £££s. Sounds like the internal PSU board has failed (a common failure and I carry a spare), but it’s a quick, cheap and easy repair.

Read through this thread:

https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?100509-Need-help-for-broken-Transporter

Torx T-6 or 1/16” (or 1.5mm) Allen key to remove the case and a Philips screwdriver to remove the board. 5min job.

EDIT: Link to the part you need

https://www.rapidonline.com/electrical-power/power-pax-uk-mini-open-frame-smpsu-eup-5vdc-2-3a-85-2251

New or used Oppo 205s are becoming as rare as hen’s teeth to find. Limited stock is due to arrive in the UK later this month, but my guess is most have been allocated to buyers. Not seen a used 205 for sale in the UK for months.

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Option 1. Fix it and be happy. The transporter is a great bit of kit.

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Bum, I have a spare power supply you could have had for postage as I no longer have my transporter.

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3 hours ago, killie99 said:

Bum, I have a spare power supply you could have had for postage as I no longer have my transporter.

I’ve cancelled the order. Mostly because they wanted £20 to post it to me. I live in France. If you think that will cover it and you message me with your details I’ll happily put £10 in your bank account for postage and your trouble. 

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Fixing it is definitely better than using an Oppo as a streamer. Oppo are great disc players but the streaming software is poor. After so many years, LMS is still close to the state of the art. It’s sad how little development has gone in to this sector. 

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"Transporter" is a strange word for what sounds like a streamer - is that what it is?

Fixing is definitely the way to go if you were happy with it. I also use ALAC format files, mine are stored on a NAS, and having ditched my Squeezebox Duet and Arcam irDAC I now use a Bluesound Node 2 into my amp hooked up the same router as the NAS via CAT6 cable. It sounds wonderful even with internal DAC and the BluOS control app is nicer than iPeng I used with the Duet.

Good luck, whatever you choose to do.

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16 hours ago, Deadhead said:

The computer is 10 meters or so away from the amp so a USB.connection doesn’t seem possible. I’m looking at:

1. get the Transporter fixed.  But is it still anywhere near state of the art?  Are there any specialists in the maintenance of these things?

Get a USB2 repeater cable

Get the Transporter fixed

Used Squeezebox Touch

Raspberrypi with dac-hat

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Another here to say yes get the transporter fixed . If you use this as a digital source and output to your DAC then it is as h=good as any other media streamer . If you are using the DAC on the transporter then I have never heard this so no comment from me except to say if your were happy before there is no reason for you to be unhappy when it is fixed.

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I have been using the Transporter both as a streamer and as a DAC.  It apparently contains an "AKM AK4396 multi-bit Sigma-Delta reference DAC".  Which, at over 10 years old, I'm supposing may have been superseded.  Perhaps I should look at buying a separate DAC and using the Transporter, if & when fixed, as a, um, transporter.

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There’s this: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F113188216937

Heard quite good things about them. It would be a more up to date DAC but whether it sounds any better...:-)

I suppose it depends if you just need a Roon endpoint for your DAC or if you used the Transporter as an all in one. I use a SOTM SMS-200 with a Mac Mini as my server, works really well. Not expensive either.

Also used a Raspberry Pi with Roon, again plug and play, excellent SQ and cheap.


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The Transporter’s digital output are simultaneous and I have mine hooked up to a number of DACs

  • BNC output to a Chord Qutest
  • Coax output to a Beresford Caiman SEG
  • Optical output to a Oppo 205

It’s a very versatile device and a Roon endpoint 

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