Slim Devices wants in on high-end networked audio

Posted by Tim Higgins

Mountain View (CA) - Slim Devices today introduced a networked audio system aimed squarely at the audiophile market.

The Transporter's styling is similar to an audio receiver and includes many features designed to appeal to buyers of high-end audio products, such as front-panel VU meters, and optical, coax, BNC and balanced XLR outputs. Particular attention has been paid to the audio design which is based around an AKM AK4396 multi-bit delta-sigma digital to analog converter and has a 120 dB dynamic range and THD+Noise specification of 0.00005%.

Like SlimDevices' popular Squeezebox, the Transporter supports a wide range of formats including Apple Lossless, FLAC, WMA Lossless, AIFF, WAV, PCM, MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MusePack, and WMA. The product can also access Internet-based content without the use of a PC including Internet radio, Pandora's personalized music service and Rhapsody's online music service.

The retail price for Transporter will be $2000, which includes a bonus Squeezebox. Slim Devices will accept pre-orders for Transporter starting oday and begin shipping the product on 18 September.