I own a Transporter as well as a couple of Touch's and have compared them in a variety of combinations.
On their own, sans external DAC, I much prefer the sound out of the Transporter. I find it's top end is far superior. Esthetically, I much prefer the look of the Transporter. Since I am running a tablet as a remote, neither of the display's factor into the equation. However, if you are viewing from a distance then the Touch's small display can be a challenge to see.
As a transport, connected to an external DAC, it's challenging to hear much difference .... provided you are employing a capable designed DAC. I would perfectly happy using one of my Touch's as my primary transport if I didn't have a DAC that allowed me to connect in master/slave mode.
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2012-05-29, 13:55 #11Main: Acer Aspire One Netbook --> Win 7 --> LMS 7.7.2 --> BB Playbook --> Music2Touch --> Squeezebox Transporter (slave) --> Lessloss 2004 DAC (master) --> Sonic Frontiers SFL-2 --> Innersound ESL800 --> Martin Logan CLS IIZ