Over in the DirectStream area there was a question on the future of the PWT. I thought it would be interesting to see what others would like to see IF PS Audio were to redesign the PWT. Keep in mind there are no confirmed plans to do this, but Paul can’t sit still for long! To begin with, here are a couple of things from the recent DirectStream discussion:
"The only improvement to the PWT I would like at the moment is a quieter drive. I understand the limitations of available drives however.
Perhaps in the alternative, sufficient on-board memory to hold the entire contents of a Redbook CD, or even of a DVD. The drive could then load the entire contents into memory. While this would not improve performance, it would solve the noisy drive issue. "
“My biggest problem with the PWT is playing DVDs.
You can not fast forward or reverse scan within a track.
So, if you want to hear the last minute of the first movement of the Mahler 3rd, you have to wait about 32 minutes.
And it is not just Hi Res files, the same happens with 44.1/16 burned to a DVD.”
My suggestion, and it’s not a new one, would be SACD playback. Take it a step further and make it a universal player like the Oppo, BlueRay with memory feature! Video would be nice, but there are BlueRay audio discs available. Also, not sure how well, or even if, the memory feature would work with a universal player, but we’re dreaming here! I would also suggest using an Esoteric VRDS drive. I’ve heard they will sell them, but the cost is probably astronomical compared to other off the shelf drives. The biggest concern with the drive, other than sound quality, is making sure they continue to build it for several years. Nothing like an expensive door stop if the drive can’t be replaced. Not an issue with PWT (yet), so should we mess with success?
Personally, I don’t own a PWT, I have an Arcam universal player (no BlueRay though) that I run the digital out to the PWD. Haven’t really wanted to add another component to my overflowing rack. Hence my desire for a universal player.