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Peachtree Audio DAC iTx

Stereo DAC with asynchronous USB input

Item # 731DACITX

Peachtree Audio took great care to ensure your music sources aren't plagued by "jitter" — errors in...

Peachtree Audio took great care to ensure your music sources aren't plagued by "jitter" — errors in...

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About the Peachtree Audio DAC iTx

Want better sound from your digital music sources?

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.


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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.

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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
  • MFR # DAC-iTx

What's in the box:

  • 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

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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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peach tree audio reputation [ ELTON  Aug 26, 2016 ]
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To improve cd sound [ Ledzepp 1977  Jul 24, 2016 ]
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Ive been with Cruthfield sin 1976 I forgot to log in please add my points, last purchase was an oppo. Actually is the best review all over the internet in many reviews in the US and UK a game changer for the price , Its for a Rega R Integrated amplifier that needs a dac to match with my Marantz cd6006 and oppo that have the same dac all around the saber is the best rated for now for the money makes my Kefs Ls50 unbelievably real. Yes it is recommended to stay with the same dac around not mix. [ George  Jul 08, 2016 ]
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Good reviews. [ John P.  Jul 03, 2016 ]
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All reviews of this DAC are very positive. [ David  Apr 22, 2016 ]
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Versatility (Number & types of inputs), Features the ESS Sabre ES9023 chipset, Price, Remote control, Positive reviews of this budget DAC are all over the net [ Victor  Apr 08, 2016 ]
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Best DAC available for three types of inputs: coaxial, fiber, usb connection to your computer. [ David  Mar 09, 2016 ]
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Looked like a "Best Buy". Good write ups from users and lowest cost. [ Michael  Jan 19, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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Have this at primary residence. This is for secondary residence. Great product [ George  Dec 20, 2015 ]
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3 questions already asked

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Can I use the volume controls (Windows 10) on my keyboard when using this DAC?
[ OgreLuv  Jul 21, 2016 ]
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My experience was with a Mac so I'm not sure how it compares to Windows 10. On the Mac I maxed the volume going to the DAC from my Mac and then only adjusted volume at my stereo. My guess is you can control the volume from your keyboard, but if I remember correctly you want to maximize the volume going to the DAC for the best sound.
[ Greg  Jul 23, 2016 ]
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I usually max the output out of my laptop to the DAC and control the volume of the music on the tuner into which the DAC output is plugged into. I really love the DAC. Makes such a big difference.
[ christoph  Jul 23, 2016 ]
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yes DAC does not have a volume but there is a mute on the remote I use a lap top with windows 10 to power a 1985 kenwood amp with it. works good, I have not had any problems..........
[ Gary  Jul 22, 2016 ]
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I'm not sure if you can use Win 10 controls, but I use Win 7 and Mac controls with mine. By the way I own a Cambridge and also the DAC. The Cambridge is always messing with me connectivity wise. The DAC IT never gives an ounce of trouble. By the way, what are these things supposed to do...I swear I can hear the difference ...or can I?
[ John  Jul 22, 2016 ]
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How does this work with a streaming service such as spotfy or one of the new Hi Res services like Tidal?
[ Kyle  Jan 17, 2016 ]
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Did not use any of these services. Used lossless format digital files loaded into my MacBook Pro.
[ Robert  Jan 19, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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How do I connect my iphone to the DAC?
[ mirugai  Dec 06, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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I don't know. I don't have an iPhone
[ Robert  Dec 07, 2014 ]

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