I am looking for an upgrade to my current CD transport. I have about 1500 CDs, and around 50 SACDs. I love spinning real discs, and do so several times a day on my main system, so please no ‘rip it and serve’ comments (they’re already ripped for rest of house streaming anyway).
Current transport is a Cambridge CXCv2. I’m fairly bought into PS Audio gear. I use a DirectStream Jr DAC to feed a BHK pre-amp and a pair of M700s to B&W CM10S2s. I love the BHK pre and plan no changes there, maybe ever.
I like the idea of SACD capability, but am okay playing the few I have via DAC, ripped, if the best route is to focus solely on red book.
I’m considering three options, and would love to hear any first hand comparisons between these paths or a combination.
Jays CDT3 (or CDT2), red book only, possibly (next, months to year) upgrading DSjr to new DSD MkII.
PS Audio PST, but staying with DSjr for foreseeable future.
Marantz SA-10, offload DSjr and use SA-10 as DAC, too.
Option 1 gets me great red book, no SACD, and a possible path to upgrading the DAC. Does the CDT3/2 compete with or better PST on red book?
Option 2 keeps me locked into PS Audio but probably rules out a DAC upgrade anytime soon. How’s the PST with the DSjr (vs DSD/DSD MkII)?
Option 3 represents a big change and locks me into player vs separates, but I do like the Marantz sound. A bit long in the tooth? Will I miss the stand alone DS Dac?
If you are looking for a deal @aangen PST is the way to go. I compared the PST in my system to the Jays Audio MK 2 and my modded Oppo 203. The PST was the best of the three IMO opinion and with a PSA Dac you can connect it I2S with an HDMI cable and get the full benefit of DSD with SACDs.
PST would be my first choice. I had an OPPO205 and was using an I2S converter connecting to DS. The improvement from PST was significant in comparison. I also had a Wadia 20 transport in the past, and it was no match to PST by a large margin.