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November 1, 2016
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I must say the packing of the PSAudio gear really is neat.  The unit is suspended between two very strong plastic sheets that makes so much sense.

i plugged the dmp right in and played it raw.  A word came to me, and of course it might change, “smooth.”  

After an hour I either heard or had been distracted from, sound way left and right… to my chair, enveloping.  So if that was a change then that suggests Burning it in might matter.  That wide left and right is present on some CDs, not all, nothing to do with the dmp.

no manual.  

Did the timers on the pwt almost flicker when the numbers changed?  These do.

i also received an i2s cable… is this the blessed one?

I’ll let it play overnight.

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Got home tonight to my DSMP and just set up – haven’t checked out any of the features but just started playing music

First impressions … fabulous sound stage and clarity.   No comparison with PW Transport – far superior even on normal CD’s.   Did a bit of A/B with digital files at 44/16 (ripped CD at Apple Lossless v CD) both played through the DS DAC.

Listening while I work but the clarity and presence on SACD Brothers in Arms is amazing.

Will get to Steely Dan DSD via DAC/SACD comparisons over the weekend

Needless to say, huge smile on my face

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Got home tonight to my DSMP and just set up – haven’t checked out any of the features but just started playing music

First impressions … fabulous sound stage and clarity.   No comparison with PW Transport – far superior even on normal CD’s.   Did a bit of A/B with digital files at 44/16 (ripped CD at Apple Lossless v CD) both played through the DS DAC.

Listening while I work but the clarity and presence on SACD Brothers in Arms is amazing.

Will get to Steely Dan DSD via DAC/SACD comparisons over the weekend

Needless to say, huge smile on my face

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Thanks!! Glad to see this. Been on pins and needles as they go out the door.inlove_gifhappy-132_gifblush_gif

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Yay – it’s on the truck. music-078_gif It literally sat in a warehouse a half hour from here, for the past 48 hours.  dull_gif

Maybe they were burning it in for me itwasntme_gif

Then it went to two other towns to be put on the truck.  41_gif

OK, got emojis out of my system for the day.

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Sounds like no contest, DMP has the early lead over PWT and not looking back!

Been playing the heck out of my PWT… a little misty here and we will part ways surely very soon (DMP delivery today). It has been a good run with the PWT… remember the excitement when new?  

Looking forward to A:B’ing DMP vs NuWavePC; (upgrading to a new TT/cart this Friday), well-done vinyl is still my standard for SQ and goosebumps. 

Took the day off.. c’mon Mr FedEx!!  happy-132_gif

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Took the day off.. c’mon Mr FedEx!!  happy-132_gif

Lucky you. smile  Some of us have to work today. crying_gif My DMP is burning in as I type.  I have already taken my PWT out of the system and will be packing it up to send it back to complete the trade-in.

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It’s been 21 hours now since the DMP was installed and plugged in and spinning discs.

Initially, cold off the truck, the unit sounded “fuzzy” and “splashy” in comparison to the well-seasoned PWT. There was a lot of higher frequency energy that was filling spaces that were “black” with the PWT and there was a looser and less overall lower frequency sound in general. This made Redbook sound less satisfying than the overall warmer and tighter presentation from the PWT. 

The DMP Redbook playback is very different at the moment. All the “fuzzy” and “splashy” aspects have ended. The “black” spaces may be a bit diminished in presence as there are new minute micro-detail nuances that seem to sneak in to those spaces. The soundstage has bloomed and in comparison to the PWT the soundfield seems a bit denser and yet airier as well. I’m not a “soundstage nut” so I haven’t developed my vocabulary to describe what I hear nor have I as much experience in many changing  impressions as I don’t really tweak for that. The DMP is giving me a new, different presentation that I enjoy, retaining very similar boundaries, but blending the instrumental images a bit more, in a good way, cooperatively, as they sound to me when I am listening in a small club or when I was rehearsing and performing with others in the ‘eighties (yes, I can still remember that far back). So. . . more like real music, making the PWT seem just a bit more “Hifi.” (And before I thought the PWT had the most realistic presentation that I have heard in my home). 

I listened to a few well-recorded piano trios as I have played piano, bass and drums in my musical life, after the unit had warmed up some. I agree with Alan W that piano is presented in a superior way on the DMP than the PWT. There is a quicker overall sensation, and as he noted each note is more definitively played. There is also “more” to the sound of contrabass via fingers or bow, as well as more “air” and “burst” to the drum sounds. These are not extreme differences, but more than subtle when noticed and looked for. When just experiencing the music as uncritically as is possible with a new, anticipated component of this stature, there is a lot of energy when tempos are up, and a magnetic drawing in when there is quieter, slower beauty to hear. 

So less than a full day in I have to say that as happy as I am and could be still with the PWT, the DMP is a decided improvement as a Redbook transport. Buyer’s remorse never entered my head or heart. 

SACD playback. . . initially it was very disconcerting. The presentation was dramatically different than what I have been accustomed to in my system. My best SACD players (from Denon and Arcam) are warm, vinyl-like reproducers. I ease right into the listening. The DMP when just installed was like a speed racer in comparison, detail filling the air and tickling the senses, in that “fuzzy” and “splashy” way the sound had in the first few hours of use. As the unit settled in I was startled a few moments by the realistic and insistent percussion that jumped out at me on the Mobile Fidelity “On the Corner” SACD I was spinning. That was my first sign that SACD playback on the PMD would be something special. 

I still need to listen to more SACD and Blu-ray Audio discs to get a handle on the hi-res sound now that the unit has been powered for almost two dozen hours. First SACD today, spinning now, is showing me that the improvements in Redbook sound are mirrored here in SACD playback. Minute details are realistically and appropriately introduced, yielding a dynamic realistic sound, with no “overhang” or added “richness.” This is very reassuring, as I had high hopes for the SACD aspect of the DMP, and I know I will be listening to SACD more often with the DMP in the house.

More impressions later today or tomorrow, but kudos to Paul, Ted and all those responsible for the development and release of the DMP. I’m a happy listener, and I sincerely feel priviledged to be a “beta tester.”

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 So less than a full day in I have to say that as happy as I am and could be still with the PWT, the DMP is a decided improvement as a Redbook transport. 

Thanks lonson for the thoughtful review…4_gifNow the major concern for me would be if the ‘decided improvement’ in redbook playback, as you say,is worth the price of admission [after all… the PWT is still a world class transport]… Looking forward to more posts to come.

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I think a determining factor in your case would be: are you going to use this only for Redbook or do you play higher resolution discs?

Playing SACD in this transport and being able to connect via I2S/HDMI with the DirectStream is a strong selling point for this machine. Pure Audio Blu-ray Audio Discs are also very improved via the same transmission. I’ll be buying more of both of these formats to be honest. 

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Paul, when do you want our bug lists?

Compared the DMP/DS with my older Oppo BDP-83SE last night using the same SACD (MOFI’s ‘Kind of Blue’) and was very impressed with the significant improvement in presentation, particularly base response, over the Oppo. I’m very happy so far with the DMP.

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lonson…My interests solely lie in the redbook playback of the DMP ‘only’. For me to start spending big money on another cd format, at this stage of the game, is not relevant to my needs…

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I understand. . . I think I understand Mark. 

I’m pretty sure you would love the DMP for its Redbook sound. It would be the logical next step for you if you’re a CD nut (like I am). Be sure to put an SACD into it and press Play if you do get one. Or maybe not, as you may start collecting another format. SACD sound is clearly better than Redbook on this machine. I’d be surprised if any listener would say otherwise. 

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I think a determining factor in your case would be: are you going to use this only for Redbook or do you play higher resolution discs?

Playing SACD in this transport and being able to connect via I2S/HDMI with the DirectStream is a strong selling point for this machine. Pure Audio Blu-ray Audio Discs are also very improved via the same transmission. I’ll be buying more of both of these formats to be honest. 

Lon’s last comment got me thinking about all this again. Unlike the other reviewers so far, I don’t have a transport to which I could compare the DMP [mine arrives today, and no work to worry about; the space is waiting for it]. Sure, I own an Oppo 105, but it drives the home theater. I play MCH discs in it, and I use it to rip SACDs along with a modified PS. But I have no plans to disconnect it and insert it into the headphone listening station. 

Interestingly, MSB uses the Oppo drive in their UMT, so it would actually be interesting to compare the UMT/Select combo to the PSA DMP/DS. May get there one day, but I doubt it. I don’t expect to be listening to the DMP for hours on end once I get through this evaluation, unless it is so markedly superior to network playback that I would be willing to forego the Roon interface. Like Lon, I will be buying more hi-res discs—I was actually surprised how many Blu-ray audio discs I already owned—but that’s because that’s still how I get my music: buying discs and ripping the files. Blu-ray discs require a bit more cumbersome workflow, but they are worth it. I am especially interested to hear my Crime Of The Century, Zep’s The Song Remains The Same, and Bryan Ferry’s Live in Lyon discs. And while the latter two are not on my specific comparison task list, I have found the BR ripped files exceptionally detailed, and so I expect to enjoy the listening of them on the DMP.

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First Impression:

The DMP arrived yesterday evening. Easy to install, package included a HDMI which i have not used yet, not sure if this is the recommended product or not. Instead used a burned in Morrow product that so far has worked best for me.

First up i purchased this as I have a cd collection 2000+, this is my primary source still and will remain so. They are cheap to buy, there is a huge range of genres and titles available and with the PWT and DS sounds pretty good. I also have mid range vinyl system, the sound is different but equally as good. The PWT pips it on some aspects but vinyl does deliver a more REAL presentation, i think this is mostly due to the improved spacial qualities and easier to discern note decay. Also, even with the improvements the DS has delivered, CDs can also sound over etched in the higher frequencies which is distracting, this is improved though with some optical CD cleaner/ polishing and some further RFI/EMI shielding.

Im not interested in HD digital downloads, i have my music collection now, i dont wish to spend a fortune replacing it and anyway it lacks the emotional qualities a physical record or CD gives. Picking out a record or CD from a physical collection, reading the cover and sleeve notes or Lyrics is part of the music listening experience for me. 

As a customer my expectation for this product was improvement in the spacial qualities and removing the annoying over etched higher frequencies. 

I did not have any SACDs, in preparation for this product, I purchased a few, mostly titles im very familiar with like Jeff Buckley’s Grace. I was listening to this hybrid over the weekend on the PWT on standard red book mode. 

First up was this same SACD, it is phenomenal, it does not compare in anyway to the CD on PWT, to be honest I was somewhat shocked how good it sounded. Without going into the usual descriptions, i have what sounded like a real band in front of me, the sound stage pushed forward, back and laterally 3 feet, the kick drum thumped into my chest and each instrument is now clearly discernible, in its own space with wonderful decay. All the sound and stereo effects added by the sound engineer were now clean and in their own space. The electric bass was deeper , cleaner and more musical than anything i have heard of before. After a couple of listens I move to a red book copy of Fleetwood Macs 1975 album of the same name. There was not the full magical transformation of the SACD but still a huge improvement over the PWT. The most standout improvement was to the rhythm section, bass was clean tight and musical as where the snare, kick, tom toms and bass drums. The rhythm really snapped at a great pace. As a drummer and bass player this sounded again more like the real thing. The cymbals and hi hats were airy, clean tuneful and not splashy at all. Big improvement. On this one listen with one CD I would say the CD gets within 80% of the SACDS magic. I have left the player on burn and will have a more detailed listen this weekend. Maybe the HDMI that Paul is referring to could make the experience even better.  Thanks Paul and your team.

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Paul, I have a question about burn-in.  Are there discrete paths for CD and SACD (and thumb drive?) playback, such that if I say, loop a CD for X hours, am I not sending signal through some of the SACD circuitry?  And so – would you suggest run in with both types of discs, or does it not matter?

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Great question, but the answer is no, same path.

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Great to read from the first impressions of the DM Player. Can’t wait until the first production units will be available in Europe, too.

As to the HDMI connection for I2S, in my opinion the quality of the signal cable is absolutely crucial. Used the PS Audio HDMI cable and wasn’t impressed at all since I considered the sound rather mushy, flat and not very dynamic. Then changed to a specifically made Heavens Gate Audio HDMI cable (from Germany, price approx. $ 1250,00). And suddenly much more details, spaciousness, dynamics etc. The PS Audio combination really came to life with this superb cable! I guess the DMP will make an even greater difference. Strongly recommended therefore to experiment with HDMI cables. You don’t wanna give away anything from sound quality, when you spent more than $ 6’000,00 and got one of the best CD drives.. Why then save at the HDMI connection?

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About 21 hours in.  So far, and perhaps due to the resolving power limit of my speakers or my ears, I hear the pwt and dmp as very close in sound quality.  Both are quite good.  I’d give a slight edge to the dmp which I hear as clarity without edge.  Both players are playing through the i2s via a PS Audio P10 interconnect.  Toward the end of this continuing review I’ll examine the influence of the cable vs the new short one vs Arnie’s discovery cable.

The arrows on the remote seem to cause different reactions… the small forward and small backward arrow on the dmp remote seem to repeat a very short repeat over and over.  Don’t know what purpose this would serve. I’m not yet a fan of the new screen real estate, but perhaps I’d feel differently if I had it hooked up to receive album art.  Maybe later.

I’m not yet overwhelmed but am also not disappointed.  More to come.

  

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…unless it is so markedly superior to network playback that I would be willing to forego the Roon interface

palerider: I have gravitated to listening to ripped and purchased bits via the PWD II and Bridge I for 90%+ of my listening…so I am especially interested in your (and others) comparison b/t DMP and streaming from a NAS and/or computer.

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palerider: I have gravitated to listening to ripped and purchased bits via the PWD II and Bridge I for 90%+ of my listening…so I am especially interested in your (and others) comparison b/t DMP and streaming from a NAS and/or computer.

Thanks all.

That will be my next step.  I have several hundred hi-rez albums (charter member of B&W Society of Sound).  Usually I listen to them thru my older MacBook Air (only use for this laptop) with Roon and bridge II.  I want to burn several of my favorite ones to DVD.  That should give me the opportunity to compare.  I will let you know what I think.

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If you find bugs please e-mail me directly at dennis@psaudio.com so I can get them in my bug list. This way I don’t miss any reported here on the forums. Also post them here in this thread. I am already working on several that have already reported.

 

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DMP:  Screen freeze Keith Urban Ripchord CD.  No titles no countdown/up timer (showed 00:00) Tracks continued to play while counter was stuck on #1.  I cycled the disc out then in… no title, track played and incremented on display.  No text.

Steely Dan Gaucho CD, at end of cut 7, it stayed at 7, didn’t increment to cut 1, until I pushed play.  No title text. Pwt advances to next cut and, if cut 1, awaits play.

audio remains very clean, can’t say I hear a diff yet between pwt and dmp through dsd dac.

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Huh. How are you connecting? Is the DAC showing the proper sample rate etc.? Are you I2S?

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lonson said
It’s been 21 hours now since the DMP was installed and plugged in and spinning discs.

So less than a full day in I have to say that as happy as I am and could be still with the PWT, the DMP is a decided improvement as a Redbook transport. Buyer’s remorse never entered my head or heart. 

SACD playback. . . initially it was very disconcerting. The presentation was dramatically different than what I have been accustomed to in my system. My best SACD players (from Denon and Arcam) are warm, vinyl-like reproducers. I ease right into the listening. The DMP when just installed was like a speed racer in comparison, detail filling the air and tickling the senses, in that “fuzzy” and “splashy” way the sound had in the first few hours of use. As the unit settled in I was startled a few moments by the realistic and insistent percussion that jumped out at me on the Mobile Fidelity “On the Corner” SACD I was spinning. That was my first sign that SACD playback on the PMD would be something special. 

I still need to listen to more SACD and Blu-ray Audio discs to get a handle on the hi-res sound now that the unit has been powered for almost two dozen hours. First SACD today, spinning now, is showing me that the improvements in Redbook sound are mirrored here in SACD playback. Minute details are realistically and appropriately introduced, yielding a dynamic realistic sound, with no “overhang” or added “richness.” This is very reassuring, as I had high hopes for the SACD aspect of the DMP, and I know I will be listening to SACD more often with the DMP in the house.

More impressions later today or tomorrow, but kudos to Paul, Ted and all those responsible for the development and release of the DMP. I’m a happy listener, and I sincerely feel priviledged to be a “beta tester.”

Thanks! Great detailed report. Let’s all make sure when we play SACD that we’re connected via I2S and the DirectStream shows it as DSD.

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Indeed, a good point. All my listening to both the DMP and the PWT is via the HDMI outlet, using a PS Audio PerfectWave AC-12 HDMI cable into the DS. 

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Peanut Butter said
Paul, when do you want our bug lists?

Compared the DMP/DS with my older Oppo BDP-83SE last night using the same SACD (MOFI’s ‘Kind of Blue’) and was very impressed with the significant improvement in presentation, particularly base response, over the Oppo. I’m very happy so far with the DMP.

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Thanks! Just keep feeding me/us the list and we’ll keep working. You can email me or Dennis or simply post here on the forums. We’re making our own list and will dribble the changes out soon. 

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rileyne said

As a customer my expectation for this product was improvement in the spacial qualities and removing the annoying over etched higher frequencies. 

I did not have any SACDs, in preparation for this product, I purchased a few, mostly titles im very familiar with like Jeff Buckley’s Grace. I was listening to this hybrid over the weekend on the PWT on standard red book mode. 

First up was this same SACD, it is phenomenal, it does not compare in anyway to the CD on PWT, to be honest I was somewhat shocked how good it sounded. Without going into the usual descriptions, i have what sounded like a real band in front of me, the sound stage pushed forward, back and laterally 3 feet, the kick drum thumped into my chest and each instrument is now clearly discernible, in its own space with wonderful decay. All the sound and stereo effects added by the sound engineer were now clean and in their own space. The electric bass was deeper , cleaner and more musical than anything i have heard of before. After a couple of listens I move to a red book copy of Fleetwood Macs 1975 album of the same name. There was not the full magical transformation of the SACD but still a huge improvement over the PWT. The most standout improvement was to the rhythm section, bass was clean tight and musical as where the snare, kick, tom toms and bass drums. The rhythm really snapped at a great pace. As a drummer and bass player this sounded again more like the real thing. The cymbals and hi hats were airy, clean tuneful and not splashy at all. Big improvement. On this one listen with one CD I would say the CD gets within 80% of the SACDS magic. I have left the player on burn and will have a more detailed listen this weekend. Maybe the HDMI that Paul is referring to could make the experience even better.  Thanks Paul and your team.

You’re welcome and thanks for a great post!

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Interesting first impressions,keep them coming. I would not give the DMP any less than a few hundred hours of burn in time…before any critical assessments. Thanks everyone!!!41_gif

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To answer Paul.  Yes, I2S via PS Audio 10 cable.  Text must be CD specific as I have only seen it on certain CDs.  Not, for example, on Tom Petty’s greatest hits.  Yes, proper sample rate.

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Paul

I want to utilize the USB port more.  What file types can the DMP play from a USB drive?  I have all those hi-rez files from the B&W Society of Sound.  Rather than burning to DVD, I thought it would be far quicker to copy to a USB drive.  The native format is flac.

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