PS Audio Scores

Although their atmospherically lit room, which looks very different in this flash-illuminated photo, was dominated visually by 10-year old Genesis loudspeaker prototypes that never made it to market, PS Audio's electronics were what the room was about. The PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport ($2999), which I own; Perfect Wave DAC ($2999) with Bridge ($799); prototype Perfect Wave amp (under $5000); and award-winning Power Plant Premier ($1999), all using Perfect Wave AC-12 ($999/meter) sounded marvelous on a CD from Natasha Atlas. Playing the Pentatone SACD of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, the highs were especially beautiful, with violins singing with estimable delicacy. It was the best sound I've ever heard from a PS Audio show set-up. This bodes very well for their forthcoming amplifier.
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buddha's picture

That room was a total visual ripoff.

I demand satisfaction

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Go back to your cave, Buddha, and meditate for another decade ;-)

Gary L Koh's picture

Those speakers are the Genesis 450XS - very few were made, and they all went to Asia about 10 years ago. So, they did make it to the market.Jason, you didn't say a word about imaging. Probably because the speakers were set up left to right. The tweeters should have been on the inside :-)

Kevin Flippo's picture

Really??? You thought it stole the show? Myself and some others thought it was harsh and shrilly sounding when we heard it on Saturday. I was really dissapointed with the PS Audio room.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Thanks for your input, Gary. Thank God I didn't proclaim the imaging best of the show. It seems the dunce cap that inevitably gets projected onto my head after people discover all the errors I've made in my blogs needs to be shared with someone at PS Audio. Regardless, I loved the sound.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

PS. Kevin. Nowhere in my blog do I say that the sound in this room stole the show. I quote: "It was the best sound I've ever heard from a PS Audio show set-up. This bodes very well for their forthcoming amplifier."Rooms really do fluctuate hour by hour and day-by-day. Some of this has to do with how cables and other components settle in. Bright one day, flat the next, and okay by the third is a mantra I've heard repeated on numerous occasions. VTL/Wilson's room, for example, changed totally by Sunday; it held me mesmerized as I played a stupendous recording by the late Joan Sutherland. It's quite possible that when I heard the system, it sounded different than when I visited. And besides the difference in quality of source material, it really is a case of different strokes for different folks.jason

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Posting corrected. PS. Kevin. Nowhere in my blog do I say that the sound in this room stole the show. I quote: "It was the best sound I've ever heard from a PS Audio show set-up. This bodes very well for their forthcoming amplifier."Rooms really do fluctuate hour by hour and day-by-day. Some of this has to do with how cables and other components settle in. Bright one day, flat the next, and okay by the third is a mantra I've heard repeated on numerous occasions. VTL/Wilson's room, for example, changed totally by Sunday; it held me mesmerized as I played a stupendous recording by the late Joan Sutherland. It's quite possible that when I heard the PS Audio system, it sounded different than when you visited. And besides the difference in quality of source material playing when each of us entered, it really is a case of different strokes for different folks.jason

Kevin Flippo's picture

Really?? Third and Fourth line of your blog "PS Audio's electronics stole the show." I agree that the VTL/Wilson room was wonderfull when I heard it on Saturday. It should be Damnit! ;-) It's VTL and Wilson! $150K or so system. I pretty much agree with your opinons of the other rooms you have highlighted her in you report.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. This is what happens when you write blogs late at night, trying to keep up. I meant, stole the show in the room, not in the show as a whole. My apologies. If JA has the time, I'll request an edit to my copy.

Ethan's picture

Jason, You may have been playing the Pentatone SACD of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, but you were listening to the CD layer of the disc. The PWT/PWD does not play SACD's. Just to clarify.Ethan

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Thank you, Ethan. Hybrid SACD it was and is.Jason

Jim M's picture

This was one of the first rooms i visited on Friday and I was very disappointed in the sound. There was no highs and the music sounded dull. I have heard the gear before so I can only assume the speakers were not set up properly.

patrick's picture

I was disappointed with the sonics here too, Sat pm. It was also a very noisy room with people talking loudly throughout so my disappointment is in part due to that, I suppose. So now the speakers were not positioned correctly? That's how you sell a new product then.....

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