Directstream Memory Player vs Perfectwave SACD Transport

I would like to know the difference between the DMP and PerfectWave Transport? I have a large selection of CD’s and maybe 1 SACD. When playing CD’s on the DMP vs PT would I notice a significant difference in sound quality? Thank you.

You’ll definitely notice an improvement in sound quality going from the DMP to the PST. I don’t happen to think it’s huge, but the PST definitely sounds better.

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Just to be clear, are you asking about the PWT or the PST in comparison to the DMP?

Just want to make sure you get relevant feedback…

RSVP.

DMP in comparison to the newest PS Audio transport the Perfectwave SACD Transport currently available for purchase from PS Audio. Thank you.

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I think PST is better sound quality- the music comes alive. It’s galvanic isolation makes a difference.

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It’s been two years since I made the upgrade though I clearly recall a significant improvement in SQ. It was a worthwhile switch for me in that regard.

That would be my estimation too. It wasn’t huge, and we lost the ability to play some DVD and Blu-ray discs. I still have my DMP in a headphone only system.

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Hi guys, Wondering the same about differences between 3 year old Memory Transport and newer Perfect Wave SACD Transport. Don’t understand differences beyond the Galvanized implementations etc. Both have I2S etc . But seems big price difference! One just sold, Memory Player Transport for around $1800 on eBay. Oppo based etc. What is the newer one designed after? Thank you larry

The new one has a Marantz based drive.

You have to realize the DMP is a discontinued item and retailed for much more than 1800 when an active product.

I actually have both. They are both very good players. The newest model sounds. . . better. . . when used with the DSD DACs that I have. Not earth-shakingly better, but better. The older one would play some DVD and Blu-ray Audio discs that the new one will not, as a result of a different drive and software.

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Thank you for the information, That unit just sold on eBay and from what I understand it was not Galvanized etc. I’m just wondering if I am barking up the wrong tree! I already have an Ayon tubed CD player that plays DSD in system that sounds great and an older Berkeley DAC with something called a Synchro Mesh to lower Jitter etc. Not sure how much better I can get by getting the PS Audio Newer DAC and possibly the Transport! Technology is moving so quickly it’s hard to justify to keep moving up by spending lots of money and getting small amounts of improvement! But I always wonder how much better it could be! I wanted to simplify things by getting just a great CD player and then I got a great deal on the Berkeley and Synchro Mesh with 2 Silver Coaxial cables from a friend and it sounded better than just the CD player etc. I spoke with the designer of the Synchro Mesh and he explained about Jitter and how it really affects the sound! I noticed a difference immediately by using it directly with the CD Analog in play and then with DAC to Transport bypassing the Tubes etc in the player. Both sounded very good! I couldn’t make up my mind because with the tubes in it sounded a little smoother and with DAC in a little more lively. So I guess I got confused and frustrated and started thinking of something different! Am I crazy? I do have a TBI which affects things at times and I forget how happy I was just enjoying what I have! Larry

Seeking the opinion of those who have upgraded from PWT to the PST. I have zero complaints with the PWT, but with the trade in offer this month it has stirred some interest in me.

PWT was the piece that brought me into the PS Audio family and loved its sound from the start. I thought the DMP was a good improvement over PWT when I made that leap, however I later made the leap again to the PST. To my ears, it’s a substantial upgrade over both of the others. Natural presentation; deep, wide soundstage. It was with the PST that I really felt I heard my entire CD collection blossom to its full potential, and even better with my growing SACD collection. Can’t imagine you wouldn’t be a happy camper with the PST, but be sure to give it plenty of break-in time (100-200 hours) to really judge the difference.

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+1 here. Connected to the DSD Mk II with Massive the PST is a fantastic transport to get Redbook and SACD sound to die for. I’ve had the PWD, the DMP and now the PST and have enjoyed the journey. . . each was good, the PST has become amazing.

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Likewise here. From the time it arrived, the PST was a clear upgrade over the DMP. Recently I invested in a significant cable upgrade (Audioquest Firebird 48 HDMI) to connect the PST to the DS MK2. This, along with the Massive firmware upgrade, has brought CD/SACD playback to another level; the sound quality really is amazing!

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Thanks guys for the reviews. PWT with i2s is phenomenal and never thought I would want an upgrade but now I feel I should at least trial the PST.

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Wanted to add that I trialed the Air Lens with i2s and it came up noticeably short in comparison to the PWT with same i2s. Thinner/less airy. Sent that back after a week, seemed pointless to keep it. More convenient to stream, yes. Worth the trade off in sound quality, no.

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One more question, does the PST play DVD-r with hi rez wav or DoP files like the PWT? I have quite a few of both that play flawlessly on the PWT

the following is a snippet from the PST manual…
DVD-R*/-RW*/+R*/+RW*
where “*” equals “Audio data file only”

I would say it does.

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I haven’t tried them on my PST yet though.

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It does but owning both the PWT and the PST I can tell you the PST takes a very long time to recognize DVD’s whether the contain hi-rez PCM or DOP DSD. The PWT loads them in the same amount of time as a CD.

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