I’ve had the PWT and DAC for less than a month and I’ve experienced unexpected problems. In fact, both are, as of this moment, disconnected from my system. I’ll hook them back up this weekend when I have time and do further testing, but the experience hasn’t been the most pleasant of my audiophile journey (which extends backward over 40 years).
When burning disks using AShampoo you have to use UDF 1.02 (rather than UDF 2.60, 2.00, or 1.5) under the advanced settings or the PWT won't read the file. Instructions for using AShampoo on this website leaves that crucial bit of information out.
Files have to be burned using WAV files and not FLAC etc.
In contrast, I have an OPPO player that will play anything that is thrown at it including music videos burned from the internet as they have been streamed. It’s frustrating and a steep learning curve for an audibly immaterial difference between the two players (as I said I will do more testing). I understand the delay used in the PWT and it made sense, but dang, the implementation is clunky. Steve Jobs would be screaming. Now - don’t tell me to buy a Mac. I might anyway. That’s not the point. PC users ought to be able to have a simple implementation of digital audio too. The OPPO doesn’t care and it’s cheaper.
I say that as one who hears differences and, while not the best ear in this world or any world, I have the equipment and the discernment to notice differences (i.e. Revel Salon Ultimas 2’s, Mac 601 monoblocks, CJ tube preamp, as CJ solid state preamp [for comparison and backup], OPPO player, Musical Fidelity player and DAC, etc.). As an aside: I like to change equipment out and see where the differences are in order to maximize the resolution I can get given my listening room’s acoustics. For awhile I had B&W 802d’s along with the Revel’s so I could do A/B tests in my listening room. Yeah I’m crazy and it’s a hobby. You all know what I mean.
I am not with OPPO. I have no dog in a fight between players other than the fact that I dropped a reasonable amount of money on the PS Audio equipment (with the Bridge II) and am puzzled at the difficulties.
I can see why digital audio has a hard acceptance level. A high end analog turntable has all the information, is relatively easy to use (no codex etc. just drop the arm and listen), and is pretty much idiot proof. I’m not advocating that approach either. Look, I’m an old fart who loves music, hates the pops and static of LP’s, and I’m tired of ciphering all this out. I wouldn’t mind as much if the PWT was as bulletproof as the OPPO in reading a range of music files: DVD’s, high res files, and no "make sure the files are WAV burned using UDF 1.02 . . . "
Digital audio via the direct Ethernet cable is another issue altogether. It would seem that there should be a simple way to just drag and drop uncompressed hi-res files and play them on a the PST without all the hassle.
OK it’s late. I’m new here and I often feel stupid and slow regarding digital audio. I don’t want to cause waves (no pun intended). I’d just like some simple solutions and/or explanations.
Thanks - I’ve gotten some good help with these problems in other forums or I might have taken a hammer to the PWT by now.