I know PSA likes to offer all of the bells and whistles, but I would rather have a simple screen. I took advantage of the refurbished trade ins and got a PWT.
When I got it, I hooked up an Ethernet cable, but after sending it back for an intermittent issue where the drive would lock up. (Service was first rate, James was a pleasure to work with.) I didn’t even bother to hook up the Ethernet cable. I prefer just having the simple display with the large track numbers. I couldn’t read the full display with the cover and titles from the listening spot anyway.
There is a topic on the forum discussing the need to find tune the data on the Playlist. I don’t get it. If it was a player like an Aurender, I could understand wanting access to all the meta data from downloads or CDs that were ripped and stored away, but with a disc player, you have all the info on the box. I don’t need that on a little screen, that I can’t read from across the room.
I hope with the new hard drive player, they keep the display simple and make all the info available on the tablet or phone controller.
I would guess that almost everyone who bought a DMP, bought it for it’s sound quality and it’s ability to output DSD to the Directsteams, not for the display.
I’d like to see a simplified DMP, available for a lower cost. I wonder how much of that $6000 price is based on the investment and time to design, then implement the display.
As some of you know, I am now using Tidal (3 month trial). Their meta data goes from mediocre to nonexistent. So on my tablet, I created a folder in my bookmarks, with links to All Music’s Discography of bands/artists. I can get everything I need there.
If my input was asked for, I would tell the designers of the new player, to design the front display to be very similar to all the others and make the tablet interface spectacular. Maybe include a stripped down tablet, but not spend a lot of time or money on the front display. I have my shelves on the left side, about 6 ft from where I sit. An angle that I can’t read from and if I had my gear on the front wall, I’d need binoculars to read anything beyond that nice big track number.
As a final note, I don’t understand that when the PWT was in beta testing that no one, or a lot of the testers didn’t request total time of a disc. I sometimes use my Oppo to get that info, or in my case if the disc is HDCD, as I can then see if the Lindemann is in the mood to actually play a disc. And being a CD player only, you would think it could read a newly inserted disc in seconds, nope it takes it sweet good natured time. That is why I use the Oppo, it is so much faster.
So, what am I missing about the attraction for the Playlist, and the fancy display? I don’t get it. SQ is the main priority, ease of operation would be second.