CD Transports

PS Audio PerfectWave Disc Transport

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Introduction

I was in a bind. CD and product reviews were due at multiple publications, and my Theta Carmen II transport's drive mechanism had failed. I may have bought the used unit directly from Theta Digital's founder and former owner, Neil Sinclair, but that couldn't change the fact that the Carmen II's defective drive was long out of production. With no spare parts available in at Theta's Southern California headquarters, I was in trouble.

Immediately, PS Audio's Paul McGowan came to mind. For many months, PS Audio's monthly newsletter – recently discontinued in favor of a new publication, PS Tracks – had been proclaiming the arrival of the PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport and Perfect Wave DAC. Since Paul and I had gotten to know each other over the years, as I've reviewed several of the company's products and blogged their rooms at quite a number of shows, I felt I could ask a favor.

Within days, a life raft in the form of a demo PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport (PWT) had arrived. Although in some respects a very different animal than other CD/CD-R transports, I found set-up and play extremely simple. I was especially delighted by the presence of an AES/EBU digital output, since the digital cable that I connect to my Theta Gen. 8, Series II DAC is a Nordost Odin AES/EBU.

Well over a year later, the PS Audio remains my reference transport. Buying it wasn't simply a matter of convenience or industry discount; the Perfect Wave Transport sounds so much better than my old Carmen II Transport (which I'll happily sell to anyone who needs the parts), and is far more geared to 21st century technologies, that it has ushered in an entirely new era of music listening at Casa Bellecci-Serinus.

Specifications

  • Design: Optical Disc (CD) Transport and Memory Player with 64 MB of RAM
  • Codecs: CD, WAV, 24/88, 24/96, 24/192 on DVD-A
  • Can Display Cover Art
  • Outputs: S/PIDF RCA and Toslink, AES/EBU, and I2S through HDMI
  • Sample Rate Output 24/192 Maximum (32 Bit Capability When Applicable)
  • Dimensions: 3.75"H x 14"D x 17"W
  • Weight: 25 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,995 USA
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