Does anyone have experience with a Logitech Transporter?
The Transporter has a lot of appeal with its solid construction, linear PS, dual displays (VU meters & Track/Title) AKM4396 DAC (44.1k, 48k & 96k), and balanced outputs. It is said to have a level of quality of a typical $1500-2000 DAC; maybe even a bit better than a Benchmark DAC.
Currently I have a Squeezebox Duet using its audio (RCA analogue) output, and I'm very satisfied. I have A-B compared, ripped (.flac) CD's to the original CD played on a Sony ES player and can distinguish no difference in the sound.
I can note a difference in sound quality when SACD's are played on the Sony SACD ES player vs Red Book CDs though. I'm wondering if an upgrade to a digital player that will allow 24 bit 96 kHz (approaching the SACD kbps rate) will provide a similar improved listening experience, as well as keep the convenience of digital served music at my finger tips (via Squeezebox Controller).
My understanding is the digital output of the Squeezebox Duet is limited to 48k, so just adding an external DAC to the Duet would not provide the improvement the Logitech Transporter or Squeezebox Touch could provide; both of which are capable of handling the 96khz HDTracks.
Curious what others have experienced and would recommend. Will just adding a better DAC to the Duet significantly improve the Red Book CD experience? What is your favorite DAC?
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