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PerfectWave DAC

Our best PCM based DAC

Built in Boulder

The PerfectWave MKII is a remarkable DAC that makes high-end music real. One of the best DACs ever made, the PWD accesses high-resolution digital audio data, CD transports and players, computers, home networks, or the Internet and converts the data to musically natural sounding analog audio, expertly recreating the sound of music on your discs and computer.

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PerfectWave DAC II

Product Description

This product has been discontinued after nearly 5 years of musical service. We are currently selling our existing inventory of new stock at significantly reduced pricing. Owners of PWDs can upgrade to the new DirectStream. The PerfectWave MKII DAC is a remarkable high-end fully asynchronous PCM DAC that connects to just about anything. It accesses high-resolution digital audio data from any source and converts the data to musically natural sounding analog audio.

The MKII transcends the limitations of traditional PCM digital to analog converters by providing uncompromised performance for any media delivery or storage system possible. Take one home and find out what all the talk’s about.

  • Asynchronous USB 192kHz input
  • Native and Native X mode
  • Digital Lens
  • Integrated volume + balance control
  • High voltage class A discrete output stage
  • 7 asynchronous digital inputs
  • Network media DAC capable
  • Color touch screen with album cover art
  • Fixed low jitter PerfectWave clocks

Sound & Vision Perfect Wave DAC Review

By John Sciacca • Posted: Oct 19, 2011

"To put it simply, PS Audio's PerfectWave DAC produced the most significant improvement of any audio component I've ever added to my system. Even when I listened with my 15-year-old CD player as a source, the sound was revelatory."

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PS Audio PerfectWave MKII DAC with Bridge

By: Brian Kahn, July 15, 2013

"The PerfectWave MKII DAC is one of the best-sounding sources I have heard. When fed a high-quality recording, the PWD will provide a richly detailed and lifelike presentation."

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PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MKII review (Part 1)

By: John H Darko, 12.09.2012

"Moreover, so absolutely enjoyable is the PerfectWave DAC MKII that not caring about those final few tweaks -- digital cables, USB cables and digital attenuators -- is just that bit easier. When I listen to music through the PWD MKII, I forget about trying to make it sound better."

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PS Audio PerfectWave

By: Marja and Henk, December 2009

"By now you might think that we loved the PWT/PWD. Dead right! We thrill over any Swiss army knife that's been done properly. It's versatile, handsome and free of unnecessary frills."

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PS Audio PerfectWave DAC

By: James L. Darby,

"At the top of this review, I mentioned that this system was the most anticipated product of 2009. It was also the most anticipated product of 2008. The company blew through a few projected release dates. But they wanted to get it right. They wanted it to be better than great, they wanted it to beperfect."

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PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport and DAC II

By: Russel Lichter

"However, the PS Audio takes the biscuit, as though turbulent, muddy waters have been clarified, reifying the Pleyel till it's almost physically present in the room; behind limiting screens of age and engineering to be sure, but unmistakably there. It's uncanny and something very special indeed. "

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PS Audio PerfectWave Transport & DAC

By: Greg Borrowman

"PS Audio's PWT is a superb transportin every wayand the PWD is a superb DAC.
No matter what checklist you use, or how long it is, you will have to tick all the boxes'
in every department for both components. "

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PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MKII Review

By: The Computer Audiophile, 09-23-2012

"The MKII update is a game changer that raises the PerfectWave DAC's level of playback significantly and places it firmly in competition with the next echelon of converters. "

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PS Audio PerfectWave MKII Digital Analog Converter (DAC)


"I was stunned at what I heard: An impeccably smooth, soft, fluid and natural sound with a warmth and openness at all frequencies that was totally new to me. And all this while retaining the crucial (to me) lively, precise clarity of percussion attack and decay that I demand due to my past as a drummer. A whole new level of quality in sound for my system was apparent."

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PS Audio PerfectWave DAC II, PerfectWave Memory Player, and eLyric Music Player

By Anthony H. Cordesman

"I have no hesitation in recommending the PS Audio PerfectWave DACII and PerfectWave Memory Player as some of the best-sounding and most functional high-end equipment I've reviewed."

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A better-sounding way to play CDs

by Steve Guttenberg, April 9, 2011

"I've owned, listened to, and reviewed a lot of high-end CD players, but none of them sounded as good as PS Audio's PerfectWave Transport and Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) components."

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Fast Transport To The Audio World

By Sumit Bhosle, July 2012

"We were thoroughly impressed with the resolution and clarity of all the music that we heard on the PWT-PWD combo. - Simply astonishing!"

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PS Audio PerfectWave Transport und Digital To Analog Converter

Geschrieben von Dirk Sommer

"Ich habe in der Vergangenheit eine Menge extrem teurer Digital-Elektronik gehört, von der ich mich nur schweren Herzens trennen konnte. PS Audios Digital-Duo hat mich all diese Boliden vergessen lassen: Vollendeter Musikgenuss von digitalen Tonträgern oder ateien rückt plötzlich in greifbare Nähe. Momentan wollen mir PWT und PWD schlicht konkurrenzlos erscheinen."

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Het begin van de tweede digitale revolutie

Henk Boot & Marja Vanderloo

"Alle tweaks kunnen naar zolder en echt luisteren naar muziek kan beginnen. Het is jammer voor veel andere leveranciers, maar de oplossing voor goed geluid vanaf een digitale bron wordt door de PWT en PWD geboden nu en in de toekomst."

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di Fulvio Chiappetta

"Per un discorso di uso invece meramente sonico, ognuno, come d'uopo, dovra provarlo per verifi·came la piena rispondenza ai propri desiderata."

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DAC Reloaded

By Tom Frantzen

"PS Audios überzeugend „runderneuerter“ Tausendsassa ist ausgerei , zukun ssicher und mit absolutem Topklang gesegnet."

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Uwe Steiner

"Wie beim allerbesten Olivenol konnte man sagen, klingt es nun nicht nur nativ, sondern extra vergine: in geschmeidigstem Fluss, mit vollem Aroma, befreit von allen Eintrubungen, erklingt die Musik - und nur die Musik. - Der wandler spielt fur mich nach wie vor und jetzt erst recht mit an der Spitze der digi-talen Musikreproduktion."

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PS Audio PerfectWave

Jorge Gonçalves, Novembro/Dezembro 2011

"A uma performance sonora muito completa, junta-se a versatilidade que lhe garante a manutenção no futuro, sendo uma máquina que merece uma recomendação sem reservas."

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PS Audio PerfectWave Transport, PerfectWave DAC und PerfectWave Bridge

Autor Ingo Schulz

"Mein Fazit: Mit der Kombination aus PerfectWave Transport und PerfectWave Dac ist PS Audio ohne Frage ein Meilenstein in der digitalen Weidergabetechnik gelungen. Jedes der Gerate ist fur sich genommen schon wahres State-of-the-Art. Als Kombination sind sie derzeit aber Sicherlich"Top of the Pops."

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Test: Laufwerks-/Wandlerkombi PS Audio

Holger Barske

"Mit PWT und PWD bringt PS Audio eine wahrlich revolutionäre Laufwerks-/Wandler-Kombi auf den Markt. Der Doppeldecker aus Boulder setzt klanglich Maßstäbe und vereint klassische und moderne Bedien- und Ausstattungskonzepte in einzigartiger Manier. Kompliment!"

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Für alles gewappnet


"Exzellenter Wandler mit USB-Anschluss und optionalem Streamer-Einschub. Klanglich überzeugt der DAC durch sein dynamisches und überaus natürliches Auftreten. Umfassende Ausstattung und Netzwerk-Features runden das Paket ab."

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di Giulio Salvioni

"I contenuti tecnologici, sui quali mi sono ampiamente dilungato pur senza averli esauriti, ci sono tutti e sono di prim'ordine. Il suono infine è decisamente bello e godibile."

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di Giulio Salvioni

"I contenuti tecnologici, sui quali mi sono ampiamente dilungato pur senza averli esauriti, ci sono tutti e sono di prim'ordine. Il suono infine è decisamente bello e godibile."

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