The reason for the discount is competition from the far superior.........Jay's Audio CDT2 Mk2 (and CDT3) :)
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I haven't heard the Jay Audio CD12 but 6 Moons gave it an excellent review. I also respect the opinion of Teajay. I can say that I've owned the PS Audio PWT for over 7 very happy years. It mates beautifully with my Yamamoto YDA DAC and sounds very natural and emotionally engaging. I have no reason to doubt excellent results with the Jay Audio. Seems that you couldn't go wrong with either choice. Redbook sounds fabulous through my system.
I was also looking for a transport to replace my Musical Fidelity M1 and my April Music CDT100 transports, and was thinking of the PS Audio transport.
I decided to go with the Jay's Audio, based on feedback here and a few other places. It is a wonderful transport that sounds much better than the transports it replaced, and is built to a very high standard.
My only issue with it is the remote. While heavy and relatively well made, it isn't purpose built, and so I many buttons are unused (like display off, which is disappointing).
Otherwise, I recommend it every time I see someone talking about wanting a new transport for their cds.
I saw a bunch of pictures of (6moons review?) Jays factory looks very impressive. The PS has the digital screen, which MIGHT eliminate the need for a laptop, and, of course free software upgrades. As I recall, Jays lacks the output options like toslink or coax
I would love to evaluate both, but that's not likely anytime soon. In the meantime, I am very happy with the Marantz HD CD 1 as a transport: MSRP $600. It's so inexpensive, it's easy to overlook, but a real solid performer
teajay said..."I have and the Jay’s Audio CDT2 MK2 out performs the PS Audio."
The DMP has received tons of top flight reviews from the audio press from around the globe since its inception. And for what it’s worth,I own one and it is an awesome sounding transport. I have not heard the Jays Audio or read much about it. Can you explain why the Jays outperforms the DMP?
The Jay's transport does three things better in my system then the PS Audio: 1) It soundstages with a more accurate sense of space and layering in that space. 2) The individual images are more 3D with air around them. 3) There is a more overall sense of liquidity and dynamics/aliveness.
In my system the Musical Fidelity M1 CDT sounds better than the April Music transport, to me.
The Musical Fidelity has an airier, more illuminated, more like music sound. Slight, but there. I went back and forwards on them, one day one would sound better than the other to me. But after the dust settled, putting the April Music back into the chain was not as satisfying as the Musical Fidelity. Though I could live with either and would have been happy. Until I heard the Jay's.
The difference between the Jay's Audio and the April Music or the Musical Fidelity, is not slight. More weight, more information, more dimensionality, more everything. It just sounds as though the signal was better preserved before it hit the DAC.
I'm sure there are better transports. I imagine the CEC TL0X is better, and the Audionet Planck might be better. But I doubt they are so much better that it would make sense to switch. But I haven't listened to either, so I could be very wrong. And let the record show that I would gladly take a CEC TL0X over the Jay's. However, I see no reason to want a different transport for redbook replay.
I tried a used PS Audio PW transport and an older base model CEC transport. The PS Perfectwave did not sound good in my setup (connected via coax to Luxman DA-06 dac). Music was bland and lacked transparency. The CEC was notably better than the Perfectwave, but still nothing to celebrate.
Could be system dependent, given PS Audio is a successful company with a strong following... so your mileage may vary.
I do use the DMP [newest 3.10 firmware] with the DS dac [newest Snowmass firmware] connected together via PS Audio's proprietary hdmi connection option [using Wireworld platinum 7 ] ...in this setup it does make for one heck of a formidable digital playback system. When using one machine without the other...things could have a different outcome all together. As always...ymmv depending on system synergy.