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stevecham, thank you for your reply. There are certainly many people on the forum very happy with the PWT. I would only be using it for dedicated CD listening. I have read great things about the build quality of the Sim 260D, prompting me to do a little research. I tend to hang on to things, so the longevity factor is high on my list. They are both relatively the same budget and seem to be brands with good support.
Tia as well built and beautiful looking as the SimAudio player is its just another cd spinner which at some point the drive will fail not to mention all those sonic robbing self induced vibrations from that spinning cd ,.How long will SimAudio continue to support this model and what about replacement drives when it fails ,...?
The PS Audio perfect Wave is not your typical CD player at all with the added bonus of free firmware that further enhances playback sonics ,..
i don’t own a Perfect Wave transport however I have the Direct Stream Memory Player, PS Audios newest offering which replaced a beautifully built and sounding Esoteric KO3,.
I am going to default to my wife's ears here, but the Arcam CD23 is her choice amongst what we have owned. The Luxman just adds a notch more lusciousness, if that is a worthy description. We have a fairly lively space and have purchased the CD23 twice after owning the Sony 777es, Bryston Cd-1, and a Marantz carousel. We very much enjoy the non fatiguing musical nature of just having music playing in our general living area. While the upgrade bug is strong, I would not want to lose the non fatiguing musical factor.