In the last couple of weeks, Forum members have been kind to give me advice about my PerfectWave Transport.
That thread is here: What transport (not PS Audio) do y'all use with I2S-enabled PS Audio DACs?
It seems that my options are:
Option 1: Replace the drive in my PWT myself.
There is a Forum thread about this DIY project.
That thread is here: PWT disc drive replacement
I have also emailed PS Audio and exchanged emails with a service rep.
The service rep at PS Audio has offered replacement of the PWT drive (if it’s the correct variety drive, still to be determined whether it’s SATA, replaceable, or IDE, out of luck). The transformer would also be replaced (service rep: “It probably needs it,” which surprised me). The cost was quoted as $250 (unclear if shipping is extra) and a one-year warranty is included. (I do wonder how the pandemic and any possible remote workdays would affect the accomplishing of this repair.)
Option 2: Repair of PWT in Boulder by PS Audio.
Option 3: Sell the PWT as-is. It still sounds great, playing CDs. (However, this option feels tricky because of the occasional PWT quirks that seem well-known on this Forum: the “growling” of the PWT after certain CDs are “read” before play. And, of course, the abending/abnormal ending/freezing of a CD during play, which, yes, happens only rarely . . . but often enough to tick me off and send me on this what-the-hell-to-do-now with the PWT.)
Have any of you replaced the SATA drive yourself? If so, did the growling and the abending cease? 100%?
Have any of you had your PWT repaired at Boulder? If so, did the growling and the abending cease? 100%?
Has anybody sold a PWT? Did you warn potential buyers of the PWT’s quirks?
(Related, I don’t recall ever seeing the Colorado-based reseller of lots of PS Audio trade-ins warn potential buyers of the PWT’s quirks. Did I miss those type of warnings in the reseller’s online ads?)
If you have experience with the PWT such as I describe above, I would very much appreciate your reply to this thread. I’m simply unsure which way to go with my PWT.
Thank you, Chaz