Redbook via I2s/HDMI is the reason I have the PWT, and it's the best sound I've had for that format ever, period. That's why I have the PWT and the DS. I don't do files, etc. and I don't intend to start, not worth it to me, and I enjoy my discs. And originally the PWT was marketed with a large emphasis to those who are still spinning discs. That marketing reached me as I was going through sources trying to find one that was worthy of my amplification and speakers. When I got to the PWT and PWD combo, I stuck with that through upgrading to the DS. Now I want to be able to spin hi-res discs (mostly SACD) into the DS and so I am a beta-tester of the DMP. In short, I can see why someone would want to know if the DMP is a significant upgrade for Redbook, if they were in my shoes and especially if they do not have an SACD collection.
Lon, I totally get that. I did not mean to suggest or be interpreted that the comparison shouldn't be made. Only that once made, I would be surprised if the DMP is not an obviously superior machine compared to the PWT. PSA has had eight years
to work on this improvement. In digital/electronics time, that's a lifetime. What Paul and Ted have described here suggests that they have developed a significant improvement over the PWT. And having heard a PWT compared to a network setup, I already knew [for my ears] that the PWT simply was not as good as a properly set up network system.
Paul has informed us that, to his ears, the DMP sounds better than the Bridge II through the DS. Can’t wait to find out. My network system is about as optimized as I can make it, with Cisco managed switches, fiber between the server and the DACs, fiber isolation [with linear PSUs] at every source point, a beast of an NAS with 4-port LAG, SSD & RoonServer, VLAN for the audio & QoS optimized, and 10-gigabit copper.
I am almost hoping that the DMP is better than the DS/Bridge II, precisely because it will foreshadow a Bridge III at some point. But candidly, my real comparison point will be the MSB Select. And even if the DMP is slightly or tremendously better than the Bridge II, it still will have to be so much better that it overcomes the Roon interface advantage. That is a tall order.
P.S. Lon, I bet you go to files one day. At some point, there will be music that is released only in file form, and you will want to hear it. And by then, I suspect it will be much easier to do. Heck, even now, it’s pretty easy. True plug-play-rip-store quality servers are on the market. And spinning devices eventually wear and wear out. But it’s not a choice of exclusivity. You can do both files and discs. Heck, that’s what I am doing by deciding to try the DMP.