I know this runs counter to popular opinion, but as a new PTW/PWDII owner, I’m having some issues with what I’m hearing. I have the two connected via I2S (Pangea HDMI cable), and just a quick list of associated gear:
Modwright KWI 200 integrated, Proac Response D2s, Rel S-2 sub, Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval speaker cables (8 ft), Clarus Aqua XLRs.
What I’m hearing is very much what I’m supposed to be hearing: great presence, hyper-resolved deep detail, and pinpoint imaging, but it is not actually pleasant to listen to. The sound is piercing and lacks roundness. Extended listening threatens to result in ear damage. Through my Cambridge Audio CXU universal player with a Wyred4Sound reclocker, the presentation is a little less resolved but far more pleasant to hear, fuller in the middle with just a tinge of warmth. It’s still very detailed, but not up to the PWT’s standard.
I guess I’d like to have the best of both worlds. Have any of you experienced this with your systems? Is it just the nature of the beast? Is there a remedy that doesn’t involve investing thousands in new speakers? (I’ve actually considered this but there’s so much I like about the Proacs that I’m extremely reluctant to act on it–yet.)
Just FYI, I have the PWDII set to “auto” filter and “NativeX” resolution which is the general consensus for optimum SQ. I’ve experimented with other settings, and the differences are noticeable but small. Also, everything’s got the latest firmware.
Thanks for any input you experienced PWT owners may have on this subject.