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Peachtree Audio decco65

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) (Black)

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by Woody Sherman
Peachtree Audio

Everything you always wanted in a stereo receiver, except the radio

An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.

The back panel of the Peachtree Audio Decco 65

It's simple because it knows exactly what you need

Upgrade your computer audio experience

Peachtree makes it simple for you. You have a computer with lots of music files? The decco65 and a pair of quality speakers will take you the rest of the way to a genuine audiophile experience. See? Simple. But there's a lot happening behind the scenes.

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We'll start with the big guns. The decco65, as you might guess from the name, boasts 65 watts per channel of pristine power. The power is clean and precise thanks to Class D solid-state amplifier modules, known for their extremely low distortion and cool-running energy efficiency. But clean power's just the tip of the decco65 iceberg.

Getting the most from your music files

Your computer's direct USB audio output connects to a custom-designed 24-bit/192kHz asynchronous USB input. In concert with the decco65's acclaimed ESS Sabre DAC, the original data is seamlessly processed to reveal every jitter-free musical detail in every digital file in your collection. Galvanic isolation on this circuit prevents electrical noise from contaminating the signal. And if the files you're playing are somewhat compressed, or if you're streaming low-data rate music directly from cloud-based services, the hybrid nature of the decco65 comes into play. A smooth, warm tube buffer can be switched on or off from the remote to take the harsh edges off of less-than-perfect digital sources.


"My first impression of the Peachtree decco65, according to my listening notes: Someone with a good ear has voiced this amp…. The decco65 had a distinctly tight, pacey bass register, while its treble range was believably crisp without being bright…. Peachtree Audio's decco65 is among the most recommendable affordable-perfectionist products I've had the pleasure of using."

— From Art Dudley's review in Stereophile, March, 2013
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Plays well with the rest of the class

The decco65 handles other sources as well. The DAC has 3 digital audio inputs (1 optical, 2 coaxial). The coaxial inputs will handle sample rates up to 192 kHz. And there's a stereo analog input waiting to connect to more traditional gear. If you want to stream music wirelessly from your iOS® device, consider adding an Apple TV to your setup — it will connect digitally to the 65 and give you the power to direct your playlist from anywhere within Wi-Fi® range.

Shh, audiophile at work

If your listening needs to be a bit more focused and private, the decco65's integrated headphone amplifier will provide even demanding high-performance headphones with a musical signal that exudes presence and clarity. When you plug them in, your music runs through the tube stage while the signal to the speakers is muted.

You might expect this much versatility to be complex or bulky, but check the picture above one more time. The controls are elegantly simple, the design sleek and compact.

Highlights:

  • 65 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-50,000 Hz) at less than 0.5% THD
  • 95 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-50,000 Hz) at less than 0.5% THD
  • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
  • vacuum tube preamp stage (uses a single dual-triode input tube) smoothes harsh digital edges on compressed music sources
  • class D solid state power amp design features low distortion, wide bandwidth, and outstanding energy efficiency
  • built-in ESS Sabre 9023 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC) works with the asynchronous 24-bit/192 USB input to deliver jitter-free digital conversion from computer sources
    • optical signals are processed at up to 24/96, coax up to 24/192
  • decodes MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, PCM, and Apple Lossless audio files
  • galvanically isolated DAC circuitry prevents electrical noise from contaminating signals entering and leaving the DAC
  • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 1 optical, and 2 coaxial
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio inputs
  • 1 pair RCA audio preamp outputs for connecting a powered subwoofer or an outboard power amplifier
  • headphone output (full-size 1/4" jack)
  • heavy-duty 5-way binding-post speaker connectors
  • detachable power cord
  • weight: 28 lbs.
  • 14-7/8"W x 4-3/8"H x 11-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year on amp, 6 months on tube
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 65
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) 80
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 95
Frequency Bandwidth 2-50kH
THD 0.5%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Given
Number of Inputs 5
Phono Inputs No
Preamp Outputs 2
Width (inches) 14-7/8
Height (inches) 4-15/16
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
Weight (pounds) 28
Parts Warranty 1 Year/6 Months Tube
Labor Warranty 1 Year/6 Months Tube
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What's in the box?

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  • Integrated amplifier
  • 63" AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 'AA' batteries
  • 2 Spare fuses
  • USB Driver Installation Disk
  • Instruction Booklet
  • Correction note

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Features
Controls
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Features

Class D Amplifier: The Peachtree Audio decco65 integrated amplifier's high performance Class D amplifier has the ability to drive 65 watts per channel into 8Ω and 95 watts per channel into 4Ω with a very natural sound. The decco65 has the sonic signature of a great A/B amp with the power efficiency of Class D. Its combination of low distortion, high bandwidth, and energy efficiency makes it the ideal partner to the decco65's digital front-end and hybrid tube preamp.

Tube Buffer: The Tube Buffer uses a stereo triode 6N1P to smooth the harsh digital edge found in poor recordings and compressed audio. It can be switched on or off from the remote control to match your preference at any given time. Its especially good for Pandora, MOG, Spotify and most Internet Radio listening. The decco65 features a front-panel tube windows which allows you to view the glow of the unit's tube.

ESS Sabre 9023 DAC: The ESS Sabre Digital to Analog Converter is widely recognized as the world's best DAC when dealing with hostile digital components, like computers and streamers. The ESS Sabre 9023 Digital to Analog Converter contains a multi-layer board with over 450 components and 11 regulated power supplies that work in unison to produce the Peachtree sonic signature. The ESS Sabre Dace's patented jitter reduction circuit re-clocks the digital signal before passing it through a high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz upsampling processor, perfect for computers, iPods, and most streaming or hard-drive based music servers because they typically have high levels of jitter (digital timing error between the source and the DAC). Jitter is all but eliminated (<3 picoseconds) leaving a beautiful, natural sound.

Compatible Audio Formats: The Peachtree Audio decco65 integrated amplifier supports various standard resolution and high resolution audio formats; such as MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, WAV, PCM, FLAC, and Apple Lossless.

Galvanic Isolation: Galvanic Isolation is typically reserved for more expensive DAC circuits. Galvanic isolation prevents electrical noise from entering the DAC board on all grounded digital inputs. Any contamination due to the switching power supply, multiple ground points, and high speed processing is isolated from the DAC so nothing but pure 1ʼs and 0ʼs reach the DAC circuit.

Headphone Amp: The Class A headphone amp in the decco65 switches the speakers off when your headphones are inserted, so even when a quiet environment is required, you can still fill your head with lush high-resolution music. The headphone output runs through the tube stage so you can enjoy that smooth tube sound in solitude.

Controls

Power/Standby Switch: The main power switch is located on the rear-panel of the decco65 integrated amplifier. Once the main power switch has been turned on, you can power on/off the integrated amplifier from the front power button or remote control.

Volume Control: The front-panel volume control is motorized from the remote control and has a button indicator to allow the user to see levels from a distance.

Input Select: The integrated amplifier features five front-panel input select buttons (USB, Coax1, Coax2, Opt, & Aux).

Remote Control: The Peachtree Audio decco65 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the integrated amplifier. There are also basic playback buttons which allow you to control Play/Pause, Skip Forward, & Skip Backward of your connected Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad (requires optional dock, sold separately).

Connections

24-Bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB Input: The Peachtree decco65 is equipped with a USB (type-B) port to connect to your Windows PC or Mac computer. It is capable of supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution audio and uses the latest in asynchronous communication. Asynchronous allows the decco65's's internal high-precision clock to control the flow of data coming from the computer. This method lowers incoming jitter so the ESS Sabre DAC has less timing errors to reclock. USB implementation is one of the more difficult tasks in the real world of computer audio.

Note: You will need to install the included CD software (XMOS Driver) download for 24-bit/192kHz playback on a Windows PC.

Digital Audio Inputs: The decco65 is equipped with one optical (toslink) and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs for connecting external digital audio sources, such as a Blu-ray/DVD player, Sonos player, Sequeezebox, Apple TV, or Apple Airport Express. The unit's optical digital input will accept up to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio, while the two coaxial digital input will accept up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Analog Audio Inputs: The Peachtree Audio decco65 contains a set of analog line-level RCA stereo inputs for connection to your SACD/CD player, AM/FM tuner, turntable (requires Phono preamp, sold separately).

Speaker Terminals: The Peachtree Audio decco65 Integrated Amp is fitted with four heavy-duty, gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals to connect your left and right speakers. The binding-post speaker terminals can accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana-plugs (single only), spade-connectors, and pin-connectors. The unit's binding-post speaker terminals are clearly marked red-positive and black-negative for proper polarity connections.

Pre-Out: The stereo RCA preamp-outputs allow you to use an external amplifier with the decco65; they also provide connections for a powered subwoofer.

  • Output Impedance:
  • Max Output: 7V rms/ 11.2V peak

Headphone Output: The Peachtree Audio decco65 utilizes a front-panel, 1/4" headphone input which mutes the speakers when headphones are plugged in.

  • Amp Voltage Gain: 9dB
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 7Vrms
  • Output Impedance: < 300Ω
  • Maximum Output Power: 100mW into 8Ω / 300mW into 150Ω / 150mW into 300Ω

12-Volt Trigger: The 12-volt trigger enables automatic turn on/off  to another source with the same feature (2-12V) .

 
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Peachtree Audio decco65

Written By Anonymous, Seattle WA on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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I bought this after I tried the home theater receiver Dennon. My interest is in high quality music sound so this unit works well for me.I use it with the Klpch RF62. 65w per chnl is more than enough for me. The Dennon which I returned rated 85w but kept shutting down due to over loaded. The decco feels cool after running for hours. This unit is good but pricey to me. I think it should be around 800 bucks.
Pros:
Sound good. Simple hook up. Running very cool. Plenty of power. Has variety of inputs so that I can hook it to TV, DVD, Labtop, smart phone,
Cons:
Only one RCA input. I have to buy a multiple input box to solve this problem. This box let me to hook 4 inputs and then I can push a button, 1,2,3,4 to select the input I want to play.
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5 out of 5

Digital "Integrated Amp" for the 21st century

Written By Daniel G, Northeast, OH on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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It surprises me that there are so few products on the market like the Decco65. It is not just a very good DAC and amplifier and headphone amp in one package. It is really a digital integrated amp, allowing several different digital sources to feed into the DAC and amplifier. For those who want to focus on two channel sound, but perhaps desire their blu-ray and television audio to feed into a quality DAC as well, its two digital coax ports, spdif port, and asynchronous usb port (along with one analog) allow one to avoid the inevitable sonic compromises inherent in going with a multi-channel Home Theater receiver (HTR). If you want, you can put a HTR into the mix. With a SACD transport, a blu-ray, a cable box, a mac-mini, and the occasional laptop, I'm all set, and have been able to avoid upgrading these items to keep up with DAC technology advances (especially asynchronous usb). The performance of the amp is wonderful--if you are accustomed to using the Watts Per Channel numbers published by the mainstream manufacturers, you will find the Decco's 65 WPC to be a quite conservative estimate. Much of amplification is about the skew rate, and while I don't know the Decco65's numbers, I can hear that it has plenty of dynamic punch to power my fairly low sensitivity speakers in demanding musical passages. Performance of the USB DAC is superb--to my ears, it easily bests spdif input. If there's a weakness, it is that I have found the headphone amp to be good but not special.
Pros:
Versatility. If you don't want to purchase both a high quality amplifier and a digital pre-amp, this product provides the quality of separates in a stylish, svelte package.
Cons:
The quality of the headphone amp is about what you might expect for the price point. Otherwise Peachtree exceeds expectations with the Decco65.
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4 out of 5

Swiss Army Knife frontend

Written By jimmyjames, Raleighwood on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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Got this all in one unit to go with my new Harbeth P3ESR SE speakers for a desk top system in my home office. Replaced a Dacmagic and a Nad315 integrated amp. I've been playing wav and flac files off my desk top PC via coax with Foobar as the player and am just blown away how good this system sounds now. Mind you it's only been playing a couple hours and it just sounds fantastic. Listening to Bob Marley Greatest Hits and the Decco just has gobs of bass and dynamic punch that my old system just didn't have. It's got that tube warmth with just one little two channel tube glowing in the window. You can switch it out of the signal path for less warmth so I guess that is the only tone control on the Decco 65. Very happy with it and I'm sure it will just sound better as it burns in more. Highly recommended.
Pros:
Size, inputs, built in 24/192 dac, power, headphone out and the SOUND!
Cons:
little spendy, little clunky looking and a little big for a desktop system
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