Peachtree Audio nova65SE

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC (Gloss Black)

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A modern amp for the digital age

Digital versatility and an elegant design make the Peachtree Audio nova65SE stand out among integrated amplifiers. Its unique wood chassis and tube buffer immediately attract eyes, while its smooth, detailed sound is pleasing to discerning ears. Connect a computer, network music player, streaming media box, or disc player, and let this amp's audiophile DAC work its magic on your digital music sources — in low or high resolution. A pair of analog inputs is perfect for a turntable and phono preamp. This amplifier can serve as the heart of a killer desktop setup or a larger rig in a bedroom or living room.

Improved amplifier design

The nova65SE improves on Peachtree's original nova65 by combining a discrete Class A preamp with a Class D power amplifier. Peachtree borrowed the preamp design from their flagship Grand Series amps. It delivers fine detail and texture that add depth to stereo listening. The power amp is highly efficient, eliminating the need for noisy fans or bulky heat sinks. The nova65SE's clean output is perfectly suited for driving bookshelf speakers with ample power and nuance.

High-resolution upsampling DAC

If you haven't yet discovered high-resolution music, the nova65SE is bound to be an eye-opening starting point. The built-in ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converter is well-regarded in the audiophile community for its ability to reveal all the details in digital high-res files — up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. The DAC even upsamples CD-quality files as well as MP3s to make them sound their absolute best. ESS Technology's Hyperstream Modulator eliminates the timing errors associated with digital conversion, known as jitter, for clean, accurate playback of all your digital music.

Tube buffer

Nothing warms the hearts of true-blue audiophiles like a glowing vacuum tube. And nothing is better at warming up digital music than the nova65SE's triode tube buffer. When you engage it, you'll see it light up blue through the front panel window and hear how it softens the edges of digital tunes for a more analog sound. If the tube sound doesn't do it for you, switch it off and run the amp in pure solid state mode.

Product Highlights:

  • 65 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.5% THD
  • 95 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.5% THD
  • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
  • vacuum tube preamp stage (uses a single 6N1P triode input tube) can be switched in to add warmth and smooth the jagged waveforms of highly compressed digital sources
  • discrete Class A preamp offers fine detail and accurate signal transmission
  • high-current, energy-efficient Class D solid state power amp
  • built-in high-resolution ESS Sabre 24-bit/192kHz upsampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
  • galvanic isolation on all digital inputs blocks common sources of electrical noise
  • built-in headphone amp drives demanding headphones with ease
  • 6mm-thick brushed aluminum front-panel
  • wood chassis
  • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 2 optical, and 1 coaxial
    • supported sample rates: up to 24-bit/192kHz for USB and coaxial; up to 24-bit/96kHz for optical
  • 1 pair of stereo RCA (AUX) inputs
  • 1 pair of RCA audio preamp outputs (for connecting a powered subwoofer, outboard power amplifier, or using the nova65SE as a stand-alone DAC)
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • 12V trigger input enables power on/off control from external sources
  • binding-post speaker connectors
  • detachable AC power cord
  • remote control
  • 14-13/16"W x 5"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 21.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years on amp, 6 months on tube
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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Sounds Amazing... and Loud

Written By Ed, Maryland on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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I tried out a NAD D7050, which had some issues, so I returned it for this Peachtree DAC/AMP. This is my first foray into hi-fi sound, and I have to say, it really sounds amazing. I paired it with the Peachree D5 speakers and IsoAcoustic stands. It sounds great, and I have never turned the volume past 25% as it is super loud. I personally haven't been able to hear the difference of having the tube engaged or disengaged. It sounds slightly different to me, but my ears aren't tuned enough to be able to describe the difference. It's subtle.

Other things to note: It was much heaver than I expected it to be. The USB Input is Linux compatible, you don't need any drivers.

Pros: Looks Great Sounds Great

Cons: Its as big as any typical home receiver would be. Turning the tube on/off is only possible using the remote.

Wow!

Written By Chad H, Richmond, Va on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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It doesn't get better than this!

Maybe mine was defective

Written By MartyM, Arkansas on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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We own a Peachtree DeepBlue 2 bluetooth speaker that sounds exceptional. I figured if they did sound that well in a constrained package, their amp and paired speakers would be even better for my office. Before the Peachtree I had an old low-end Onkyo amp and cheap pair of Infinity book shelf speakers that sounded really good, but I wanted something better. The Peachtree amp and D5 speakers arrived and I could hardly wait to plug them in. Then I did. The sound was mediocre at best -- in the same location as the amp and speakers they were replacing. So I started moving the speakers around thinking placement was the problem. Nothing helped. I bought stands to get them up and away from the walls. Still a dead sound. I replaced the speaker wire, even triple check polarity as it just sounded poor (little imaging, very small soundstage, the mid range seemed muddled). Still no luck. Thinking they just need time to break-in, I leave the unit playing during the day while at work. After 30-40 hours of break-in, they sound just as bad. It got to where I would just listen for 5-10 mins then just turn the unit off due to the sound being so unpleasing. The only positive I can say is the upper-range was really smooth and not harsh -- exceptionally so. The mid range was awful. The low-end was good but not exceptional. Trying at different power levels and with/with-out the tube amp engaged did not produce any different results. Not at all worth the price.

Pros: Upper range very good, clean

Cons: Everything else - especially midrange and value.

Beautiful Amp!

Written By Doug E, Washington on Friday, April 10, 2015

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When my first Peachtree amp arrived from Crutchfield, I was disappointed to find that it had been damaged in shipping. The folks at Crutchfield were great and got a new one shipped to me right away. For about a week now I have been using my new amp, and really enjoying it. Since the late 70's, I have owned a number of good audio systems....but this one tops them all! Not only does the Peachtree present a startlingly clear, realistic sound, but with the rosewood cabinet it looks great in my living room as well. After listening at moderately loud levels for over four hours, the amp was still cool to the touch! With a built-in DAC and numerous inputs, this unit allows you to enjoy your music from a wide variety of sources. Anyone looking for a great sounding & great looking amp need lock no further.

Pros: Great build quality, beautiful finish, superb sound.

Cons: None so far.

Excelente producto

Written By Giovanni, Puerto Rico on Friday, February 13, 2015

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Muy buen amplificador, sonido excepcional. Lo tengo casado con unas bocinas Dynaudio 2/6. Mi música nunca había sonado tan bien.

Really good amplifier, exceptional sound. I have it paired with some Dynaudio 2/6 speakers. My music has never sounded so good

Pros: Claridad, fuerza y detalle, incluye DAC de buena calidad. Cuerpo en madera. Clarity, power and details, it includes a good quality DAC. Wood finish body.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Translation provided by Crutchfield's Spanish Sales & Support team. Visit our new Spanish-language site at www.crutchfieldenespanol.com.

An incredible DAC amplifier

Written By BrianS, NYC, NY on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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I have some B&W speakers rated at 200 watts and I was concerned about the Peachtree Audio nova65SE at 65 watts to really power these speakers. I also have a subwoofer as well. I've never heard these speakers sound better. I stayed up late reading about amplifiers and wanted something that was not going to be several thousand dollars. I had an Acurus amp that I had blown up twice and this time I decided to get a new amp rather than fixing it. I read about DAC, Digital to Analog Converters and how the quality is really important. I don't really use records or CDs any more at all. I buy music online and play music through my macbook air. I thought about buying a peach tree DAC and an amp and then I called the guys at Cruchfield and they recommended this amp and don't be concerned about the power rating because other amps don't deliver a true power like this one, they may be rated higher but it's not as good quality. I had my doubts but I though I would give this a try and there was a return policy as well. I've never heard music coming from my laptop sound so incredible. There is a USB cable you need to get so you can output digitally to this amp and take advantage of it's built in DAC. The voices are incredible and the base is clear, my subwoofer has always been distorted at a high volume, now it makes the floor shake and moves on it's own but there is no distortion. It's really fun if you want to listen to it loud. If you play your music from your computer this is a great deal

Pros: the sound is incredible, the 65 watt rating is misleading, this amp feels like it has much more power. the finish and controls are very nice

Cons: I can't really think of any. This was money well spent as far as I'm concerned.

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  • 2-Channel integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • IR wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Spare fuses
  • 41" Minijack cable
  • Instruction booklet
  • Windows USB Driver CD-ROM

Features and Specs

General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 65
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) ---
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 95
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.5%
Minimum Impedance 3 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 100
Number of Inputs 5
Phono Inputs No
Preamp Outputs Yes
Width (inches) 14-13/16
Height (inches) 5
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight (pounds) 21.4
Parts Warranty 2 Years amp/6 Months tub
Labor Warranty 2 Years amp/6 Months tub

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Features

Overview: The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE combines a high-performance, high-resolution digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a class-A preamplifier with built-in tube buffer, a high-quality headphone amplifier and a strong, yet flexible, power amplifiers that is capable of driving virtually any loudspeaker with ease and authority. Its combination of high output power, transparent sound, and digital and analog connectivity make it simple to enjoy all of your music with uncompromising sound quality. With five inputs, including a 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB input you can enjoy computer and streaming audio with incredible high-fidelity sound.

Note: The wood cabinet is sourced from sustainable resources and is available in three premium finishes; rosewood, high-gloss black, and cherry. The front-panel is made from 6mm thick bead blasted aluminum with a soft cool gray finish.

Powerful Amplification: Peachtree amplifiers are rated "all-channels-driven" from 20Hz to 20kHz (full bandwidth of human hearing) to provide "real world" power ratings. Featuring an amplifier that delivers up to 65 watts per channel (8Ω) or 95 watts per channel (4Ω), the nova65SE is the perfect partner for efficient speakers, near-field desktop systems, and for listeners that value quality over quantity of sound.

Discrete Class-A Preamp: The novaSE discrete Class-A preamp output stage combines the musicality of Class-A design with the muscle of Class-D amplification. Signal paths in the novaSE have been made shorter to lower noise and improve transients. The DAC's power supply has also been upgraded with new low-ESR capacitors. The sound is smoother and has improved focus, imaging, and bass definition. Dynamics and micro-detail are greatly improved so you can hear more of what's embedded in the recording.

Selectable Triode Tube Buffer: A selectable triode tube buffer (6N1P) can be turned on for a more natural sound and feel. The tube buffer helps to add a dose of warmth and take the hard edge off compressed audio sources like MP3s. The single 6N1P triode will last years for the average listener; it's easy to change and inexpensive to replace.

High-Resolution 24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE features an onboard ESS Sabre upsampling DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter). The 24-bit/192kHz upsampling D/A converter transforms just about any digital source to the performance of a high-end CD player. Using a patented process called Hyperstream, the ESS Sabre DAC buffers the incoming digital bitstream and reclocks it from thousands of picoseconds of jitter to less than 3 picoseconds, before passing it through a high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz upsampling processor, which is also capable of 100dB s/n ratio.

Galvanic Isolation: Galvanic Isolation blocks electrical noise from all of the digital inputs on the Nova65SE. Computers and digital streamers are prime sources of electrical noise. Electrical noise, even noise that you can't hear directly, masks fine details and distorts the tone of music. Galvanic isolation eliminates this noise.

24-Bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB Input: The Nova65SE has a 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB (type-B) input to connect your computer. The unit's USB (type-B) connection will take digital audio content from your computer and send it to the internal DAC of the Nova65SE via I2S configuration. Using the Nova65SE, you can take a pure digital audio signal from iTunes, Windows Media, or any other music management system on your computer before it goes through a sound card. Just hook up a 2.0 USB cable between your computer and the Nova65SE's USB (type-B) port; no sound card is required.

  • System Requirements: The Nova65SE supports Mac computers with OSX 10.6.5 or newer and Windows PC with XP, 7, or 8. Windows PCs will require an additional USB audio driver for playback of 24-bit/192kHz music files (CD-ROM with Windows USB Audio Driver included).
  • Compatible Music Files: The Nova 125 can decode MP3,WMA, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, and Apple lossless codecs; with resolutions of 16-bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/88kHz, 24-bit/96kHz, 24-bit/176kHz, and 24-bit/192kHz.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Nova65SE is equipped with two optical (toslink) and one coaxial (RCA) digital inputs for connecting external digital audio sources such as your Blu-ray/DVD player, cable/satellite box, or Apple TV. The optical digital inputs support up to 24-bit/96kHz, while the coaxial digital input supports up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Analog Input: The Nova65SE if fitted with a single stereo analog RCA input for connecting an external audio source, such as your SACD play, phono-preamp & turntable, network player, or AM/FM tuner.

Audiophile Headphone Amplifier: The Nova65SE has a "Class A, tube" headphone section. The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE utilizes a front-panel, 1/4" headphone input which mutes the speakers when headphones are plugged in.

  • Output Power: 117mW into 32Ω or 182mW into 300Ω  (0.1% THD)
  • Output Impedance: 4.7Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/- 0.1dB)
  • THD+N: 0.006% (300Ω, 0dB, 1V in)

Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: The unit's binding-post speaker terminals are clearly marked red-positive and black-negative for proper polarity connections. The amplifier's binding-post speaker terminals will accommodate bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors. Use speakers with a nominal impedance between 3-16Ω.

Pre-Out: The stereo RCA preamp-outputs allow you to use an external amplifier with the Nova65SE; they also provide connections for a powered subwoofer.

Remote Control: The Nova65SE comes supplied with an IR remote control which is easy to use. The remote control offers the same functions as the Nova65SE's front-panel controls, plus adds a mute button. The remote is powered by two "AAA" batteries (not supplied). The remote control IR sensor is located in the center of the Nova65SE's front-panel.

USB Charging Port: The rear-panel USB (type-A) charging port provides a 5-volt DC output for mobile devices that charge via USB. This USB port does support audio playback.

12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) enables power on/off control of another component with a 12V trigger input.

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