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jramos@wbs.co.za
2008-08-24, 14:25
I receivd my dock yesterday and have run it in for 24 hours. Setup was easy and it works well with my 160G iPod Classic. I am obviously using the digital out. Cable is different type to that used in the Transporter. Both connected to PS Audio PPP.
Sound at this stage is pretty good and more than acceptable. Directly comparing it to the Transporter shows the Wadia to be less smooth, bit more grain, most noticeable in mids and lower treble. Bass is similar. Has slightly less ambience than Transporter.
Usability is poor in comparison. Wadia is far from me and obvioulsy display is not readable. Remote can only change tracks, pause etc. One needs to go up to the iPod and change albums etc. Transporter has great display and very complete remote. Duet is even better in this repect.

The unit may improve with some running in but I doubt it will be replacing my Transporter for serious listening. Advantage is that I can select a playlist and use it fo general listening without powering up my laptop etc.

For those thinking of getting one, I would suggest looking at the Duet first which should be similar to the Transporter wrt digital output.

Regards

Jose

iPhone
2008-08-24, 19:09
I receivd my dock yesterday and have run it in for 24 hours. Setup was easy and it works well with my 160G iPod Classic. I am obviously using the digital out. Cable is different type to that used in the Transporter. Both connected to PS Audio PPP.
Sound at this stage is pretty good and more than acceptable. Directly comparing it to the Transporter shows the Wadia to be less smooth, bit more grain, most noticeable in mids and lower treble. Bass is similar. Has slightly less ambience than Transporter.
Usability is poor in comparison. Wadia is far from me and obvioulsy display is not readable. Remote can only change tracks, pause etc. One needs to go up to the iPod and change albums etc. Transporter has great display and very complete remote. Duet is even better in this repect.

The unit may improve with some running in but I doubt it will be replacing my Transporter for serious listening. Advantage is that I can select a playlist and use it fo general listening without powering up my laptop etc.

For those thinking of getting one, I would suggest looking at the Duet first which should be similar to the Transporter wrt digital output.

Regards

Jose

What kind of files and quality are on the iPod?

jramos@wbs.co.za
2008-08-24, 23:03
Wave and Apple lossless only. I listened to both types and did not hear any significant differences.

Jose

BigTony
2008-08-25, 01:11
The Wadia is just the transport, what DAC are you using?
I can't help but think its really just a gimik, and not a cheap one at that.

BT

jramos@wbs.co.za
2008-08-25, 13:49
I have an all-digital system with Tact RCS 2.2XP and Tact digital amps. No other DAC involved

BigTony
2008-08-25, 23:50
So what advantage over an SB3 does the Wadia have? They both deliver digital to your DAC.
Do you connect your Transporter to an offboard DAC too or use the built-in?

jramos@wbs.co.za
2008-08-26, 23:07
The Transporter is used in digital out mode. The Tact digital amps are in fact DAC's as the signal remains digital until outputting to speakers.
The Slimdevices products are, IMO, easier to use in terms of seeing what tracks are playing, managing playlists etc.
The advantage of the Wadia is that one does not have to be connected to a computer or network in order to play music. Sonically I did not find any advantage to the Wadia and, as stated in my initial post, I prefer the sound of the Transporter to that of the Wadia.
I will again compare the units after running the Wadia for a week.
Jose

BigTony
2008-08-26, 23:54
Sorry, I was confused. I assume that the Transporter in Digital out mode will sound the same as the SB3, except you'll have support for 24/96 FLAC etc.
If there both using the same DAC there will be no sound difference, all they are doing is sending the same digital data to the DAC.
The Wadia seems an expensive way to get Digital out from an IPod.

BT

browellm
2008-08-27, 03:49
Off-topic:

Jose, I would get an admin to change your user name, or that email address will be spam-tastic before very long.