I had been eyeing the PST7 Light Hats for some time now, and finally picked up a pair about a week ago. I have always loved the light and hissy white noise of the Giant Beat hi hats, but never could justify spending that much money ($400) on a pair of hi hats.
I had a PST7 Light Ride in the past, and liked it, but didn't love it, but when I started hearing demos of the PST7 Light Hats, the first thing I thought of was Giant Beats!
Don't believe me? Check out this link to a "Sound Room" on Paiste's website where I added the two 14" models. While not EXACTLY the same, they are very near 90% identical. The pitch is very close, and I think they must be around the same weight. My PST7s are 788g/1059g. Which is a very nice weight.
I can honestly say that neither sound better than the other in my opinion based on those sound samples, With my eyes closed I would probably just think they are two different cuts of the same model hi hat. Also it should be noted that the person demoing the hats clearly hit them differently. The PST7s are bing hit with the shoulder of the stick on the edge of the hat most of the time, and the GB player is using the tip of the stick.
The other day I took the PST7s to the studio and recorded them, and was blown away by them. They sound perfect to me. Great articulation with no harsh or weird overtones, and they have that cool 'white noise, hissyness' that I love so much about the Giant Beats! Check out the recording below! Pick up a pair of PST7 Light Hi Hats here! They're only $169 brand new!