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Peachtree Audio DAC iTx

Stereo DAC with asynchronous USB input

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High-res audio

Peachtree DAC-iTx angled front view

Want better sound from your digital music sources?

Tunes from the Internet, streaming audio, high-res downloads stored on your PC, even a favorite CD spinning in your disc player — these digital sources all have one thing in common: they depend on a digital-to-analog converter to turn them into music. And, no surprise, the better the converter the more natural, dynamic, and detailed the sound. That's why more and more music lovers are turning to high-quality outboard DACs like Peachtree Audio's DAC·iTx. This little silver box can take the place of the lo-fi sound card built into your computer, and the weak analog output section of a network audio player. Whether your music source is low bitrate Internet radio, or a 24-bit/192kHz high-res audio file, the DAC·iTx will turn all those digital zeros and ones into clear, detailed sound.

A DAC that tames jitter and noise

Peachtree Audio took great care to ensure your music sources aren't plagued by "jitter" — errors in the timing of the data stream that adversely affect sound quality. Jitter can make music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details. To reduce jitter to the vanishing point, DAC·iTx uses a high-performance ESS Sabre ES9023 DAC that's designed to extract the best sound from all your digital audio sources, especially high-jitter sources like your computer. Peachtree also electrically isolated the USB connection and transformer-coupled the coaxial input to prevent performance-robbing noise from entering the signal path.

Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx back view

The DAC-iTx sports multiple inputs to handle your digital sources.

Versatile connections for your gear

The DAC·iT gives you three ways to connect your digital source components to your home audio system:

  • coaxial digital input is ideal for connecting a CD or DVD player, network music player, Sonos® Connect, or any other digital audio component with coax out, letting you take advantage of DAC·iTx's high-performance processor for better sound.
  • optical digital input is ready to take on a set-top box, Apple TV, game console, or other digital sources with optical digital output, so you can feed a high-quality audio signal into your stereo system.
  • Type B USB jack passes digital audio signals from your computer to DAC·iTx's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much higher quality sound with stored music files and Internet radio. Plus, it accepts data up to 24-bit/192kHz for playing downloaded high-res music. (Free USB driver download required for Windows® PC playback.)

A pair of gold-plated RCA outputs lets you connect DAC·iTx to your home audio system via your amp or receiver. Or hook it up to a set of powered speakers for a high-end, compact desktop stereo. Peachtree even included a handy remote control for conveniently switching between inputs from the comfort of your easy chair.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in ESS Sabre DAC (ES9023) digital-to-analog converter with jitter reduction
  • 3 digital audio inputs — optical, coaxial, and asynchronous USB (Type B)
  • supported sample rates:
    • USB: up to 24-bit/192kHz (24-bit/192kHz playback on a Windows PC requires a free USB driver download available from Peachtree Audio's website)
    • optical: up to 24-bit/192kHz
    • coaxial: up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • 1 pair fixed RCA analog audio outputs
  • transformer coupled inputs and galvanic USB isolation
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 120 dB
  • jitter level at master clock: less than 3 picoseconds
  • all-metal chassis and housing
  • remote control
  • outboard power supply included
  • 6-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H x 7-15/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Turn 1s and 0s into sweet sounding music

Why buy a separate DAC? These devices are all about getting true high-fidelity sound from digital sources like computers, streaming music players, smartphones, and more. While these kinds of sources usually have their own digital-to-analog converters built in, you can expect a separate DAC to give you much better accuracy and finer detail.

Peachtree Audio DAC iTx Reviews

Average Customer Review:

12 Reviews

Peachtree Audio Dac

Written by: Chris L from New York on December 16, 2015

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Love it. Sounds much better then I anticipated. Only limited by the quality of the source material.

Pros: Allows me to play my lossless and high res digital audio from my laptop directly through my stereo.

Cons: There is usually one quick audio dropout 10 minutes into playback but none after that.

Peachtree DAC it-x

Written by: misterbw99 from California on December 15, 2015

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Took about a week of play for the unit to break in, but once it did I could hear a positive improvement in the digital music I was playing. For those who yearn for the rich sound of vinyl this will just about take you there. The tones are clearer and very crisp, a great improvement over the flat sound I was getting before. I did not have room for a Turn Table in my set up, this unit helped warm up that digital sound and brought my system to life again. Well worth the investment.

Pros: Improvement in the sound quality of a digital source, to a stereo, analog, set up. The unit is small and easy to install fitting any equipment set up. Well priced, and sleek looking.

Cons: best hook up is coaxial and not all CD/DVD players have a coaxial output

Audiophile reviewer

Written by: Steve from Maryland on November 29, 2015

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I was looking for a dac to serve two purposes. First I needed one to connect to the USB port of my computer so that I can play DVDs, Blu Rays operas through my computer as well as my audio files. Second, I wanted to upgrade the sound from my blu ray and cd player by taking the coax out and converting it to audio for my amplifier. This dac performs both of those functions. The sound is outstanding no matter which source I use. I highly recommend this product. I also like buying from Crutchfield as their advisors are extremely helpful. They guided me in buying the best product for my specific needs.

Pros: Outstanding sound quality Very reasonable price

Cons: none that I can think of

Great dac

Written by: JonB from Indiana on November 17, 2015

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The DAC ITx is replacing an Assemblage DAC 2.7 that I've been happy with for many years. When the 2.7 died, good reviews led me to Peachtree. Easy set up, great sound out of the box, and seems to be improving as it burns in. I listen to orchestral music, and was troubled by some slight smearing, muddiness and confusion with really complex music. I read where a better power supply will help this dac, so I found a regulated power supply locally. You have to make your own power cord. This takes the DAC ITx to a whole new level. The difference is not subtle. The Peachtree DAC ITx sounds very good with its own wallwart, and sounds even better with a good power supply.

Pros: Wonderful sound. Great value. Solid build.

Cons: Included power supply is adequate, but big improvments result with a regulted supply.

My favorite DAC

Written by: Audiobahn808 from Hawaii on August 18, 2015

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Out of all the DAC's I've heard and possessed this has to be my favorite DAC easily. My only complaint would be that it does not have XLR outputs and a volume control, but that was easily remedied with a TC Electronics Level Pilot Attenuator. I am completely convinced that the ESS Sabre Chip is one or if not the best sounding chip there is out there. I love how this DAC sounds with my Emotiva Stealth 8 speakers and I can't wait for Peachtree Audio's new and upcoming DAC and Preamp the Sona DAC which includes an XLR output with volume control. I am sticking to this DAC till that day comes.

Pros: Built quality, sound, ease of use.

Cons: No XLR output

Great sound

Written by: EKB from California on May 10, 2015

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Improvement!

Pros: Clear sound in my stereo now

Cons: none

Worth every penny

Written by: Rich from New Jersey on February 27, 2015

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It's hard to describe exactly what peachtree does to digital music.....you simply need to try it and you'll see the value.

Pros: Value

Cons: None

Best DAC under $400!

Written by: BrianC from San Diego, California on February 26, 2015

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For under around $300, I can definitely say this is the best DAC which even rivals the sound of some $500 DACs like the Emotiva Stealth DC 1 and the Jolida DAC. It outputs some amazingly engaging sound, very clean sound through all frequencies, with vocals sounding really full and natural. My previous similarly priced DAC was the Cambridge DACMagic 100 and it definitely didn't "wow" me as much as the Peachtree. Not that the Cambridge DAC sounded bad, but it just wasn't as engaging or musical. The Peachtree chassis is beautiful, with a rubberized bottom and fully metal construction, it looks elegent and can look great added into any system. The remote also has a very appealing design although made of plastic. Everything has been working and sounding great so far and I would definitely recommend this DAC over any other in this price range even though it may be limited in functionality due to not have more than one of each input, or more than one output.

Pros: - Incredible engaging sound - Adds incredible soundstage, arguably wider than the Emotiva DC-1 - Voices sound more full and natural - Chassis feels amazing, very sturdy and Apple-esque design - Remote feels and functions nicely

Cons: - Would benefit from a more outputs and inputs as it only has one optical, coaxial, usb, and one output RCA - LEDs can be a bit glaring in the dark

Good value

Written by: Mike from the Washington, DC Area on December 29, 2014

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The DAC really improves the TV sound, using the optical cable, but the CD sounds about the same. I have a Rotel CD player, and the DAC and the Rotel are pretty similar in sound. The DAC may have better separation, but the sound is about the same. Great product, though, for the price. Cinch to set up, and it's neat looking too, with the blue and green lights. And it feels substantial.

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DAC iTx For Sonos

Written by: Mark B from Houston, TX on November 9, 2014

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Using the DAC iTx for Sonos signal processing prior to running it through the A/V receiver. Really great sound. Will also use for iTunes and other streaming audio.

Pros: Small, easy installation

Cons: None so far

Wow!

Written by: Dave P from Mystic, CT on December 11, 2013

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I never had an external DAC. This thing rocks! My iTunes music, as well as music from a first-generation Olive product, was significantly improved. Highly recommended!

Pros: AWESOME difference in music.

Cons: None that I am aware of.

Peachtree Audio DAC iTx

Written by: Anonymous from 53719 on October 6, 2013

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Excellent product. Easy to setup easy to use and sounds great.

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What's in the box?

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  • Digital-to-analog converter
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 4 AC plug inserts (US/AU/EU/UK)
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Windows USB Driver CD-ROM
  • Instruction Booklet

Product Research

Features

Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx is an outboard D/A converter optimized for streaming music from your computer and other digital audio devices, so you can listen to your entire music library with audiophile-grade sound. Digital audio players, smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, and other streaming devices tend to present a rather harsh musical environment with a unique set of challenges; the Peachtree DAC-iTx is specifically designed for this type of environment and is optimized to handle these challenges. At the heart of the DAC-iTx is an advanced ESS Sabre 9023 DAC. The secret to the sonic performance of the DAC-iTx is the carefully-engineered implementation of this digital-to-analog converter, utilizing proprietary techniques and innovative circuit design.

Aluminum Construction: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx features an aluminum chassis & housing to prevent against any unwanted vibration that might lead to distortion. An integrated rubber platform further enhances its anti-resonance.

ESS Sabre 9023 DAC (24-bit/192kHz): The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx employs a high-resolution ESS 24-bit/192kHz Sabre 9023 DAC chip with a high-quality analog output section. This eliminates the need for expensive sound cards and effectively replaces the weak analog output section built into your computer or other digital audio streaming devices.

Extremely Low Jitter w/ High Signal-to-Noise Ratio: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx reclocks any digital signal to less than 3 p/s (picoseconds) for a detailed, accurate, and natural sound. Many computers have up to 10x the mistiming (jitter) of a CD player, causing harsh, distorted sound. The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx also provides a 120db signal-to-noise ratio for high-quality, audiophile sound. 

Galvanized Isolation: Electrically connected sources like your computer's USB or your digital audio player's coax digital output can carry noise along with the digital signal. This noise masks fine detail in recordings and makes your music unfocused and hazy. The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx employs galvanic isolation to move this noise away from the digital signal, so you end up with clearer more detailed sound.

Asynchronous USB: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx features an asynchronous USB (type-B) input to connect your computer. Asynchronous technology (vs. adaptive/synchronous on the original DAC-iT) allows the digital clock inside DAC-iTx to control the flow of data coming from your computer. This method of communication leads to less jitter (timing errors) for the Sabre DAC to deal with which results in clearer more defined sound. The DAC-iTx's USB (type-B) input accepts data up to 192kHz/24-bit to handle high-resolution audio downloads.

Note: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx supports plug & play connection to your Mac computer with OSX 10.6.4 or newer. A Windows PC (XP/Vista/7/8) will require an additional USB audio driver download, using the included software disc or from the Peachtree Audio website.

Optical/Coaxial Digital Inputs: Streaming digital audio devices can be attached to the DAC-iTx via optical or coax, which are also transformer coupled to prevent superfluous (unwanted) noise from entering the signal path. The DAC-iTx's optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) inputs accept data up to 192kHz/24-bit to handle extremely high-resolution audio downloads (dependent upon source).

Analog Output (RCA): The DAC-iTx is equipped with a stereo RCA analog audio output (fixed) to connect to your home stereo system.

Remote Control: For added convenience, an IR remote control with discreet input selection is included.

Outboard Power Supply: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iTx operates off of standard household AC current using its outboard AC power supply. Separating the power supply from the DAC's chassis prevents unnecessary electrical noise from entering the system.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz, 0.4A
  • Output: 9V-1A, 9W

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Looked like a "Best Buy". Good write ups from users and lowest cost. [ Michael  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Right price and had the connections I needed. It was hard to find reviews for it but Peachtree has a great reputation. I'm very happy with the purchase. [ Thomas  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Have this at primary residence. This is for secondary residence. Great product [ George  Dec 20, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

Did not use any of these services. Used lossless format digital files loaded into my MacBook Pro. [ Robert  Jan 19, 2016 ]
I stream Apple Music to the Peachtree DAC via a USB cable from my MacBook air, and then the DAC connects to my amplifier. I am very pleased with the quality of the sound, And like the simplicity of the DAC itself. [ Ron Meador Phys  Jan 19, 2016 ]
I can tell a big difference using vinyl on a 40,000+ system. But can't hear any difference using a DAC. I think DACs are a pseudo science. I can't really hear any difference. I have a 10K system with a Cambridge amp and Monitor audio towers with a Cambridge DAC magic and can't tell any difference on or off same with my Adam artist 5's through a Peachtree DAC it x. Perhaps with proper training I might learn to hear the difference. [ JOHN  Jan 19, 2016 ]
The Dac Itx is needed if you don't have a d/a converter in your receiver or integrated amp. It converts digital signals to analog such as from a streaming device or blu ray/cd player. I use it with an integrated amp that doesn't have a built in dac. I find the dac itx sound quality to be quite good. [ Ed  Jan 19, 2016 ]
It makes any digital input sound better. Once you get one, you will never go back to what you thought sounded good before! [ roderick  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Hey Kyle - DAC iTX is a great product - the sound quality is unbelievable! i use our DAC iTx with a USB connection to our MAC. It works great to enhance the audio for youtube videos. The USB connection on the back of the DAC iTx is the square plug - i have a cable that is square on one end and standard USB on the other (this end connects to the MAC). On the output for our Sony DVD/Streaming device, we splitter for COAX connections. This allows input to the DAC iTx for CDs, but by-passes for DVD (surround sound). Hopes this helps. Cheers, Alex [ ALEX  Jan 18, 2016 ]
HI. I have connected my apple tv to the DAC, and then can stream via the apple tv. I have not tried it, but there is a usb connection that is used for computers, and conceivably you can connect your iPhone that way. [ Dr. Craig  Dec 13, 2014 ]
I don't know. I don't have an iPhone [ Robert  Dec 07, 2014 ]

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