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I have a lot of discs but I also have an Auralic Aries G2.1 streamer which keeps me busy. The PWT has a better tone by a little but the Aries may have better width in the sound stage. My amplifier is still new so play time will improve overall sound. The PWT is a little nicer than the Aries which is nice.
The original PWT still sounds excellent and has withstood the test of time, I don’t doubt that the latest PS Audio transport could be an improvement but to what extent? "Very much bettet" is it ? or maybe subtly better. 8800.00 CND seems a steep price for the latest model.
Some Audiogon members have posted that the Jay Audio CDT2 MK II is an improvement from their original PWT. Could very well be but no question that the original PWT was/is a terrific CD transport.
I too have an early PWT (purchased in 2011), that feeds a PWD Mk1. The drawer has been getting a bit loose and shaky. I've thought about other transports, but I like the I2S connection between the two units. The price for a new PSA transport is crazy (even with potential trade-in). BTW, the "upgrade" of the DAC to pure DSD mode, starting with Mk2, remains controversial, IMHO. I can't claim to have heard the two side-by-side, but I know some seasoned audiophiles who were never enthusiastic about the result...
I would call and talk to Paul personally let him know you are a prior owner and see if he will make an exception to the 30 day rule. Let him know your are a serious customer and not a tire kicker. I would not be surprised to see him allowing an extended trial for you. They are really good people at PS audio.
After some research I read about many people having issues with the new PST. My gut instinct is to stay with my older Perfectwave transport as it has been working flawlessly for almost 10 years and it sounds good especially with my Audioquest Dragon HDMI cable between it and my newly modded Directstream dac. Perhaps if/when the issues with the new player are resolved I may consider it. As it is my current transport sounds good and I even have 2 spare disc drives and an adapter for if/when the disc drive fails in my current transport. It does sound good and many people have told me that if I am only using regular CD’s to stay with my current transport. There are many other people who claim the sound of the new PST transport is better than the original PWT.
I have been using a PWT for around 2 years now. Very good. No problems. 1k from the Music room..
But I think most PSAudio is overpriced at their retail. This has a $ 20 Acer dvd drive. They have replacements last I checked. It works but at 3k original price is dumb. Buy used! Oh the remote procedure is weird too.
My opinion of course.