Logitech Transporter and Music Vault

default -- Sun, 05/10/2009 - 22:03

In the June/July issue of The Absolute Sound is a review of both the Logitech Transporter and the Music Vault II by Sound Science. I have a Transporter and it does work as reviewed.I also have had my unit for over a year but the review sounds as it the product is newly released. Am i missing something? I recently ordered the remote and that should add to the usablilty of the unit from across the room. I have other comments but i will wait to see if anyone replies or comments on my report. I also have an Escient unit, an Olive 4, and a Sonos system, I rate them from 4 to 1 as follows-Olive, Sonos, Escient, and Logitech. However my reasons are not  the standard reasons so do not use the raw ratings as a guide.
I read the review of the Music Vault and was intrigued so I went to the web site and looked for a dealer and found only four listed. I have concerns about one of them from the web site listing and I wrote to the Sound Science web site about my concerns. I will share them with the rest of you when and if I receive a reply Although the unit sounds most interesting, I was very disappointed that it uses Gracenote for the reason stated in the review. My selections are almost exclusively classical and Gracenote was in the begiining simply awful and now it is just awful. For reasons I have yet to fathom, the iTunes retrieval system seems to work better as well as provide more information for classical discs. it also allows you to create more data than Gracenote but that is another post.

Steven Stone -- Mon, 05/11/2009 - 10:24

Although the Music Vault has been available for a year, I wanted to make sure it was "ready for primetime" before embarking on a thorough review.
Most end-users will probably be best served by purchasing the Music Vault directly from Sound Science, so I don't understand how your "dealer concerns" are relevant. 
If you use the Music Vault with a Mac iTunes system and import CDs via iTunes you can use iTunes CD ID system, which uses Gracenote, so I don't understand why  it would be "better" than Gracenote. iTunes cover art comes from the iTunes store, but there are third-party software that can get art from Amazon and CD baby. 

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

movies (not verified) -- Sat, 03/13/2010 - 12:06

Still too darn expensive :(
As of March 2010 price varies from $1500 to $3000 depending on model (according to Deals Rebates USA)

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