The PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport is a terrific sounding component. I own it and love it. You also need to buy the Perfect Wave DAC and an HDMI cable to connect the transport to the DAC. My impression is that Blue Circle does not make CD players, so I doubt Gilbert wants to make a transport. In any case the PS Audio Perfect Wave components, in my experience, are top notch digital sources that would be tough to improve upon. Not that I doubt Gilbert's skills as a designer.
Joined: 27 Oct 2003 Posts: 361 Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:21 am Post subject: Blue Circle Transports...and dacs
Likely he sees no need to build a transport...or anything else with moving parts. Dacs, on the other hand, have become a Gilbert specialty. I know no better dac than his best and his least are probably the best value in the audio universe. On the other hand, if demand for BC gear ever slackened so he could catch up on his nearly infinitely long list of orders, you never know what he might do to keep himself amused.
The only Blue Circle gear I own is the Hat Peed Thingee headphone amp with the Biggie Pipe power supply. I have owned a lot of headphone amps and headphones, and think this headphone amp is really underappreciated (mostly because of its looks). I owned a Luxman P1-u headphone amp, which retails for $3,000, and I honestly thought the Hat Peed Thingee sounds better. The Luxman has found a new home.
My other equipment is an Aesthetix Calypso preamp and a McIntosh MC275 power amp. I would love to find a better amp than the McIntosh, which offers only mediocre bass performance and really limited soundstage width, but have kept it because I have severe space constraints in my New York apartment and the McIntosh is an extremely compact amp. I would love to buy one of Gilbert BC200 series amps, but could only get away with that purchase if I could convince my wife that it is actually a side table or coffee table.
As far as the PS Audio digital gear, I would definitely not buy the Perfect Wave Transport if I just needed a transport to use with another DAC. The Perfect Wave Transport really does work synergistically and sound great connected via an HDMI cable to the Perfect Wave DAC. (It has made me a believer in the benefits of eliminating "jitter".) If you are going to use another DAC, I would look for a less expensive CD player with an S/PDIF digital out...the new Oppo player might be a good choice.
Joined: 31 Jan 2009 Posts: 64 Location: Cambridge, Ontario
Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:24 pm Post subject:
Last week Totemman and I made a road trip to Toronto Home of Audiophile to hear the PS transport. PS Audio stated they were the closest dealer to me. Fortunately they carry the Gershman speakers I use so I packed up my BC6000, BC507, BmPH and cables to test the unit in a familiar set up.
First question I asked was if the PS transport had to mate with the PS DAC for the best sound output and the answer was not particularly. The real magic is the clock/jitter issues eliminated by the transport.
We let the gear warm up for an hour and in went my cd's. Jim and I agreed that the PS transport was as good as advertised. Frankly it was so good that when I returned home I was very shocked at the difference when I hooked up my regular transport. In the past I have auditioned all my BC gear and had to return it for a while before my order was ready and at no time did I miss a component as much. Close on the 507 but the PS really was that good.
Francis Chung at Toronto Home of Audiophile knows BC product and was very complimentary of the sound though he had trouble believing there were no tubes in any of my gear. He and his staff were extremely accommodating to our testing even when he knew that I was not in a position to purchase anytime soon. Great experience.
This test was partly curiosity, fun, and my little attempt to give back to the BC community that has helped me along my oddiophile (sic) journey. Remember it is just an opinion and my main driver for liking what I hear is that it sounds closer to LIVE music.
Thanks Blue Knight, this hobby is really cutting into my booze fund.
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