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Peachtree Audio musicBox

Desktop stereo integrated amplifier with Pure Digital iPod® dock

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by Jim Richardson
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.

Experience high-end sound with your computer or iPod

Have you discovered how great music can sound when you sit an arm's length away from a good pair of speakers? This is what recording engineers do. They call it "near-field" listening. Because they hear more "direct" sound and less of what's bouncing off the walls, they hear deeper into the soundstage and notice more of the subtle details that make recorded music come alive.

Now you can have a great near-field listening experience every time you sit down in front of your computer. All it takes is a Peachtree Audio musicBox and a decent pair of bookshelf speakers.


The musicBox combines a built-in Pure Digital iPod® dock, a high-quality digital-to-analog converter, a vacuum tube preamp, and a high-current MOSFET power amp. The iPod dock built into the musicBox bypasses your iPod's built-in DAC and analog output, which are OK for earbuds, but not so good for serious listening. Instead, the signal goes directly to the 24-bit/96kHz Crystal Semiconductor DAC, which delivers far superior sound quality. Peachtree also provides a top-notch onboard headphone amp that's fed from the tube preamplifier for high-quality private listening.

Of course, there's no law that says you have to use the music box at your desk. It makes the perfect centerpiece for a compact audio system in your den, bedroom, or kitchen. In addition to the iPod dock and the USB input for your computer, you get two more digital audio inputs (one coaxial and one optical) and one analog input. The musicBox even features a component video output, so you can easily use your docked iPod to watch movies, TV shows and video podcasts on your HDTV. Preamp/subwoofer outputs let you connect a powered subwoofer or outboard power amplifier for even bigger sound.

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Highlights:

    • 25 watts x 2 channels into 6 ohms at 0.1% THD
    • Pure Digital iPod dock bypasses iPod's DAC (and its analog audio output circuitry) for better sound
    • compatible with iPod classic®, iPod nano® and iPod touch®
    • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
    • 24-bit/96kHz Crystal Semiconductor digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
    • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 1 optical (Toslink), and 1 coaxial
    • 1 pair RCA analog audio inputs
    • 1 pair RCA audio preamp outputs for connecting a powered subwoofer or outboard power amplifier
    • Bass EQ switch for best sound with or without an optional subwoofer
    • component video output
    • headphone output (full-size 1/4" jack)
    • heavy-duty binding-post speaker connectors
    • detachable power cord
    • remote control
    • 6-1/2"W x 4-1/4"H x 8-3/4"D
    • weight: 14 lbs.
    • warranty: 1 year on amp, 6 months on tube
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Features and Specs
General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)
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Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)
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25
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)
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Frequency Bandwidth
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20-20k
THD
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0.1%
Minimum Impedance
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4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio
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Not Given
Number of Inputs
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4
Phono Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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1
Width (inches)
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9-1/2
Height (inches)
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4-11/16
Depth (inches)
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12-7/8
Weight (pounds)
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14
Parts Warranty
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1 Year (6 months Tube)
Labor Warranty
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1 Year (6 months Tube)
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What's in the box?

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  • Peachtree Audio musicBox
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 4 iPod dock adapter inserts
  • 2 Spare fuses (for 230V)
  • Instruction Booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Features

Overview: The Peachtree Audio musicBox provides high-quality audio playback from your analog & digital audio sources, such as your computer, iPod, CD player, or other audio devices. The Peachtree Audio musicBox features a high-performance DAC (digital-to-analog converter), special vacuum tube preamplifier circuitry, and a MOSFET power amplifier section for outstanding audio reproduction. The musicBox also includes a convenient IR wireless remote control.

DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter): The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with a 25-bit/96kHz Crystal Seminconductor digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The musicBox takes the digital bitstream from your computer, iPod, or other audio digital audio device and sends it to the musicBox's own high-performance internal DAC. The musicBox utilizes this internal high-performance digital-to-analog converter to process and play compressed and uncompressed music files in high-fidelity from your computer's hard-drive, your iPod, or other digital audio source.

MOSFET Power Amplifier w/ Vacuum Tube Preamp Circuitry: The Peachtree Audio musicBox features an integrated MOSFET power amplifier with special vacuum tube preamplifier circuitry to create audiophile-grade sound. The integrated amplifier is rated at 25 watts x 2 channel in 6-ohms at 0.1% THD.

Bass EQ: The unit's "Bass EQ" engages the system's bass boost function. The "Bass EQ" has been designed to complement the bass roll-off characteristics of most small bookshelf speakers.

Speaker Outputs: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect a single pair of loudspeakers. The musicBox is designed to drive one pair of speakers with a rated output impedance of 4-8 ohms.

Note: Do not connect more than one pair of speakers to the musicBox.

USB Port: The musicBox features a rear-panel USB (type-B) port to connect your computer or other digital audio source which uses a USB output. The musicBox's USB (type-B) audio input can be used to take music files from your computer's hard-drive and play them back with superb fidelity.

Note: No custom USB drivers or software programs are needed to listen to music from your computer. The musicBox supports both Windows PC and Mac.

iPod Dock: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with a top-panel iPod dock for playback of your iPod's music library. The musicBox takes the digital bitstream from your iPod and sends it to the musicBox's own high-performance internal DAC for superb high-fidelity audio playback. The Peachtree Audio musicBox supports audio playback, music navigation, and charging of select iPods. The musicBox does not feature a display screen so song & artist information will still need be viewed on your iPod's LCD screen. It is recommended that you store your iPod's music using high-bit rate formats, such as Apple Lossless or WAV for better sound quality. The Peachtree Audio musicBox is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod models and functions (as of 1/13/2012).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th n/a N N N N N N N
mini 1st n/a N N N N N N N
2nd n/a N N N N N N N
video 5th n/a N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
iPod nano 1st n/a N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y iPod iPod Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
6th 1.1PC Y N Y Y iPod iPod Y
iPod touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
4 5.0.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Component Y Y iPod iPod Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Component Video Output: The unit's component video output allows you to view video stored in your docked iPod on your connected high-definition flat-panel television.

Remote Control: The musicBox includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system and your docked iPod. The remote control operates off of two "AA" batteries (included).

Digital Audio Inputs: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with two digital audio inputs (1 coaxial/1 optical) to connect an external digital audio source, such as your CD player or DVD player.

Auxiliary Input: The musicBox is equipped with a stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an analog audio device, such as your CD player or tuner.

Note: You will need an additional phono preamp for use with turntables.

Preamp Output: The unit's stereo preamp output (variable) is used to connect an external amplifier or powered subwoofer.

Headphone Output: The Peachtree Audio musicBox features a front-panel 1/4" headphone output to connect a set of high-quality headphones (sold separately) for private listening. The audio signal to your connected speakers (not included) is fully muted when headphones are connected.

Tube Window: The musicBox features a front-panel tube window, allowing you to view the glow of the unit's tube.

Power Requirements: The Peachtree Audio musicBox operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied detachable 5' AC power cord.

 
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Peachtree Audio musicBox

Written By LarryS, New York on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
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Makes a perfect internet radio system for the kitchen (or other small room) when paired with a Squeezebox Touch (connected by coax digital cable) and a pair of Paradigm Atom speakers. Sound is also excellent playing Apple lossless tracks from IPod in dock.
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