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IRJ
2011-09-10, 14:10
The Transporter is a fine piece of audio equipment which has been avaible for several years now.
Over those years there have been several newer editions of the SB and the latest Touch.

My question is: Has the audio quality benefit of using the Transporter been eroded somewhat by the latest hardware in say the Touch?

aubuti
2011-09-10, 14:45
This has been discussed extensively before, although not very recently. Obviously the TP's quality hasn't been eroded, but the Touch has certainly closed the gap between the cheaper SBs and the TP. A lot of people say that a Touch into a good outboard DAC can produce sound quality in the range of the TP, perhaps surpassing the TP with a good enough DAC.

Do a forums search and you'll find plenty, mostly flame-free.

IRJ
2011-09-11, 13:37
Thanks for the info.

garym
2011-09-11, 14:36
Thanks for the info.

you need both (at least). ;-)

Mnyb
2011-09-12, 00:38
Soundquality don't evolve as fast as many audiophiles think .
If a product was god last year it's still good now.

Everybody always inflate , every small or non existent, improvement with superlatives as "life changing" huge improvements etc .

As non one substantiate anything by any sort of structured scientific testing audiophile anecdotes does not have any information about the products performance at all.

Somebody's subjective impression does not have any meaning outside that persons own mind. The only thing you can read from such review is that that person had a good or bad experience with the product not why or how.
It can be a real improvement or placebo effect, but nobody knows, not even the person claiming this.

amcluesent
2011-09-12, 13:41
If your amp has balanced inputs that's makes a significant improvement in sound quality when using the TP in my experience.

jhonsberger@msn.com
2011-09-12, 16:50
If your amp has balanced inputs that's makes a significant improvement in sound quality when using the TP in my experience.

Yes that has been my experience too.

cliveb
2011-09-13, 00:37
If your amp has balanced inputs that's makes a significant improvement in sound quality when using the TP in my experience.
Agreed in spades. IME balanced operation yields far more improvement than any amount of fiddling about with exotic interconnects or jitter reduction.

But of course it's perfectly possible to team up a Touch with a DAC that has balanced outputs (Benchmark, Lavry, etc).

Don't get me wrong, I love my Transporter, but it is now a legacy product. If it went bang tomorrow, it would be replaced with a Touch + DAC.

Rodney_Gold
2011-09-13, 01:03
If used as a transport only , the touch is as good or exceeds the TP.
It's DAC is mediocre , however the Transporters dac is also not the best thing since sliced bead to some.
The biggest problem using the touch is that its screen is not visible from far away , so you got to use a droid or Isomething as a remote control if you actually want to see whats playing etc , or you can also go low tech and use a pair of binoculars....
I have both , touch and old style transporter , if I think of what I paid for the transporter vs the touch's current price , I did not get great value.
What I like about my transporter is that it is a digital pre/switcher and its RCA and XLR and Digital outputs are all active at the same time , nice for convenience and hooking up and testing multiple devices

MediaCenter
2011-09-13, 03:06
In addition to what's already been said, I like the form factor of TP, it looks nice in my av rack.

jhonsberger@msn.com
2011-09-15, 10:31
In addition to what's already been said, I like the form factor of TP, it looks nice in my av rack.

I love nothing better then a large Av rack.