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    Unused Transporter SE's on eBay.com

    Hi all.

    Just thought I'd let you know there's a guy in San Jose selling unused all-black Transporter SE's on US eBay at a sharp price. He's registered to eBay's Global Shipping Program, so you get an up-front guaranteed price including all insurance, international shipping & import duties for your country of residence - you do have to pay via PayPal to use this service.

    I ordered mine on Sat 4th Feb and it arrived on Sat 25th Feb. Had my daughter & her fiancÚ staying over weekend, so only just had a chance to hook it up - this was easy since I already had an early Slim Devices branded model in my system. Pleased to report that it all works perfectly, and cost me considerably less than I paid for my existing one second-hand about 7 years ago.

    Anyway, as of 2pm this afternoon UK time he's got 14 left. Thought someone might appreciate the heads-up!

    I am not getting any commission on his sales, FYI.

    Happy shopping,
    Dave

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    Indeed a fantastic price for the new device!
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    I bought a Transporter last year from the 'other' ebay vendor who's also selling them. I wanted to compare it with my Touch to see (or hear) if some of the claims I read were true about the Transporter sounding better. I'm not the bigger (or more expensive) is better type, so I was going to be judging the sound on a neutral plain. In fact, I was hoping my Touch would win or sound the same because I preferred its low profile and GUI over the Transporter, plus I couldn't afford to keep both units. So in essence, I wasn't planning on keeping the Transporter for too long.

    Anyway, as soon as I played the Transporter I knew I'd be reluctantly selling my Touch. The sound quality was beyond what I was expecting. It was almost like I had upgraded my amp. I wrote the specific differences, but unfortunately I deleted the txt file by mistake. What stuck me from the beginning were the realistic symbol crashes and the deeper bass. Everything had more of a live, spacious sound.

    I'm not necessarily saying the DAC is better in the Transporter but obviously there are other forces at play, like analog output, power supply, circuit design, etc.

    Oh, and for those wondering, I did indeed level match.
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    New ideas are like old ideas: they can be good or bad...

    Quote Originally Posted by Archimago View Post
    Indeed a fantastic price for the new device!
    I've owned a Transporter since 2009, skewered into my Pathos Logos amp via XLR balanced interconnects (just Canford Audio ones, no snake oil!) and listening through my B&W 805s loudspeakers with a painstaking adjusted PV1 subwoofer. All of my gear is second-hand, except the 805s which just weren't available s/h in 2009 & the new Transporter which I've just bought for hardware redundancy insurance.

    I'm really hard pushed to notice any difference between my music streamed from my NAS and CD's played through my (s/h!) Pathos Digit CD player which also has balanced interconnects. And from a convenience standpoint it's no contest.

    Have you actually listened to a Transporter?

    But I don't want to start an argument, I simply posted the information for the community's benefit: there aren't enough left for everyone to buy one anyway...

    I'm sure that the people who are interested will know who they are.

    Best regards,
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Earring View Post
    Have you actually listened to a Transporter?

    But I don't want to start an argument, I simply posted the information for the community's benefit: there aren't enough left for everyone to buy one anyway...

    I'm sure that the people who are interested will know who they are.

    Best regards,
    Dave
    Archimago has a Transporter as far as I recall. And I'm pretty sure he was being serious, not sarcastic in his comment. Given this, I don't quite understand your response. No one in this thread has spoken *against* the Transporter as a great device. (I have two, one in main system and one spare).
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    Sorry if I took the comment the wrong way

    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    Archimago has a Transporter as far as I recall. And I'm pretty sure he was being serious, not sarcastic in his comment. Given this, I don't quite understand your response. No one in this thread has spoken *against* the Transporter as a great device. (I have two, one in main system and one spare).
    The Transporter cannot IMHO be seriously described as a new "device" when the design is over 10 years old. That's why I thought I was having my leg pulled.

    Glad we're all agreed it's still the nuts - after all digital audio is a fairly stable technology, despite the marketing claims of various hi-fi manufacturers. And Class A amplification can't be beat, even though it derives from the pre solid-state era. Abbey Road Studios use Classe amplifiers from Canada, and I'd do the same if I won the lottery!

    To repeat, I'm sorry if I took umbrage when no slight was intended. Over 200 people have viewed this thread already, so I seem to have achieved my objective of putting the word out.

    Hope everyone is happy now,
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Earring View Post
    The Transporter cannot IMHO be seriously described as a new "device" when the design is over 10 years old. That's why I thought I was having my leg pulled.

    Glad we're all agreed it's still the nuts - after all digital audio is a fairly stable technology, despite the marketing claims of various hi-fi manufacturers. And Class A amplification can't be beat, even though it derives from the pre solid-state era. Abbey Road Studios use Classe amplifiers from Canada, and I'd do the same if I won the lottery!

    To repeat, I'm sorry if I took umbrage when no slight was intended. Over 200 people have viewed this thread already, so I seem to have achieved my objective of putting the word out.

    Hope everyone is happy now,
    Dave
    no problem at all. thanks for posting. The price seems very reasonable. And I think Archimago's comment re: "new" meant that these are new-in-box stock vs a new design. But anyhow, all good and mission accomplished.
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    I like the black one. If you're handy you could replace the handles with black Allen screws but I decided to leave the handles. Especially since I've got the knob in the front that sticks out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleksander View Post
    It's not really glossy, but more like "brushed" metal. And the problem with brushed metal is that if you'll touch it, the oil from your fingers gets into those micro-grooves in the metal and it's very hard to remove/wipe away. See picture attached. You can also see the dust partially wiped, in front of MiniDSP that sits on top of Transporter.
    I opened up my black Transporter today to adjust the attenuation inside. I also removed the display to fix (successfully) one of the buttons which was more recessed then the others.

    Anyway, the point of bringing this up is I was sweating like a pig and my hands were all over the cover trying to get it back on, which was the hardest part. When all said and done there wasn't one fingerprint or smudge on the unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwin2006 View Post
    I like the black one. If you're handy you could replace the handles with black Allen screws but I decided to leave the handles. Especially since I've got the knob in the front that sticks out.
    Yes, you're right on both fronts.

    A) Black screws instead of the bars look nicer on the SE version.
    B) Black screws would not look good on the original knob version.

    If anyone is interested I can post the exact type of screws that will fit.

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