As an owner of a PS Audio Perfectwave Transport and a DirectStream DAC, I have created DVD Audio discs from CD’s by:
- converting the CD to WAV files on a PC computer hard drive, then
- burned the WAV files from the PC hard drive to a DVD Audio disc.
The resulting DVD Audio disc was definitely an improvement over playing the original CD with the PWT. In fact, the DVD Audio sound quality was great.
Then recently I experimented by:
- converting a CD to WAV files on an external USB Solid State Drive (SSD), instead of the internal PC hard drive, then
- burned the WAV files from the SSD to a DVD Audio disc.
The result was an incredible DVD Audio disc. I am not going to pretend to be a verbose reviewer so I’ll just say to my ears and through my audio system, this DVD Audio disc was the clearest, cleanest sound I have ever heard from my system.
I also tried the same approach with a few downloaded FLAC albums, first
- copying the downloaded FLAC album from the hard drive to the external SSD, then
- converting the FLAC files on the SSD to WAV files in another folder on the SSD, and finally
- burning the album WAV files from the SSD to a DVD Audio disc.
Same result as before, clearly superior to using the hard drive, especially with FLAC files. I am posting this method for creating DVD Audio discs because I read this forum regularly and have not run across a posting about using an SSD to produce DVD audio discs, though there are some postings about using SSD’s in a NAS for better sound quality.
To my ears with my modest system, using an SSD to produce DVD Audio discs and playing those DVD audio discs through the PS Audio PWT and DSD components results in the most phenomenal sounding music experience. Got to love and truly enjoy what PS Audio has accomplished.
For now, I will leave it up to others to evaluate and report back their findings using an SSD to produce DVD Audio discs. Would be interesting to learn if the same result may be achieved using a USB thumb, flash drive or even an SD card.