How does the PS Audio Perfectwave Transport Stack up against the Esoteric P-03?

I am using a PS Audio PWT with my Aesthetix Pandora Signature DAC with great results. Can an Esoteric P-03 or other raise the performance level significantly? I have over 2,000 cd's and will always play them conventionally
in my main system. Put the disc in the transport and hit play...If not the Esoteric, what transport can take it to a new level?

Thanks for looking!

I have owned the PWT for years and have enjoyed it immensely paired with my Yamamoto YDA DAC. There is much praise of the Jay Audio CDT2 transport from happy  owners and reviewers.   I suspect that it’s as good as advertised and worth looking into. The 6 Moons review was quite a rave. i as do you really enjoy spinning Redbook CD through good digital components. 
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Hi Jab,
Regarding your comment I would say that you were listening to entire systems/rooms with numerous and different components. This wasn’t an isolated direct comparison between two CD transports . For example these systems probably had different speakers and likely dissimilar cable looms. These are just 2 significant variables amongst others.

I’ve heard the PWT with the Yamamoto, Metrum Octave, Vega Auralic, Aesthestix, Bricasti SE and Holo Springs DACs. In each case one easily can distinguish their individual sonic characters.
OP -

It took me years to find a transport that could replace my Audio Research CDT-1 .  I had upgraded my DAC to a Bel Canto 2.5 and it opened up my ears, but something was missing.  Call it a leap of faith, but I bought my PS PWT and never looked back. I eventually sold off the Bel Canto DAC and got the PS DSD ( w/bridge ) so I could take advantage of of I2S connection and improvement in detail, soundstage,  foot tapping & emotion ( mine ) was astounding. 
Like you, I have upwards of 2000 CD's and re-listening to my personal reference CD's and many others makes me want to suggest you keep your PWT and contemplate mating it to a PS DSD.  I know you might find it hard to let loose of your,  Aesthetix Pandora SIgnature , but PS will send you their DSD for a 30 day listen and if you find you want to keep it , they'll give you a fair trade in for your DAC. 

In any event, happy hunting and listening and letting me share my opinion. 


Thanks for the responses! I am thinking that I can get better dynamics and slam with a more substantially built unit like an esoteric but there will be no chance to do an A/B without a purchase. The PS is very satisfying and always delivers the goods but I feel like I can get more "drive" and dynamic range....Which Simaudio transport were you referring to JAB?

PS Audio’s DMP is a way better sounding transport than the PWT. In tandem with the DS it is a combo that is hard to beat for the money...On the PS forums there are people using this combo on many six figure systems and they rave about the quality of sound produced. 
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Hello Jab,
My only point is you heard a multitude of components comprising a system. Under these circumstances it is not possible to isolate the contributions of an individual component (in this case the transport). How could this reliably be done?

No intention (or desire) to "one up" anyone. I listed the various DACs I heard just to illustrate that each had its own sound signature paired with the PWT. For an accurate comparison you’d need a direct A/B in the same system with the transports as the only variables. No intention for the  OP to be like me(he already has the PWT). I enthusiastically suggested the Jay Audio CD2 transport (which I don’t own).

Charles it's unfortunate you were the target of such a petty comment.Over the years I have appreciated your input and commentary on audio components.
Thank you for your kind comments. Occasionally one encounters a snarky attitude.  Fortunately most forum posters on this site are polite and just want to exchange knowledge and experiences with others. I believe that the overall decorum on Audiogon amongst members is good.