Integrated Amplifier: The Peachtree Audio nova150 integrated
amplifier combines an ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC, ICEPower amplification,
discrete headphone amplifier, and a MM Phono input circuit. 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.
ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre32 DAC: The nova150 utilizes the highly
regarded ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC. The ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC is
capable of accepting an extremely wide range of inputs all the way up to
32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.2MHz DSD (double-DSD). The DAC exhibits exemplary
dynamic range, jitter elimination and low noise characteristics to satisfy even
the most demanding listeners.
ICEPower Amplification: The nova150 incorporates the latest generation
of ICEPower amplification, with an impressive 150 watts per channel. The
amplifier utilizes ICEpower's innovative and patented Hybrid Controlled
Oscillation Modulator (HCOM) feedback and control techniques to ensure high
output, wide bandwidth, low noise, robust stability and a simplified overall
design. HCOM incorporates separate feedback loops after the power stage and
after the output filter. This lets the system address specific issues related to
the power stage and output filter independently, resulting in lower distortion,
less noise on the output, a less load-dependent frequency response, and a very
low output impedance compared to other class D amps. This new amplifier
technology is extremely powerful, dynamic, quiet and most importantly - musical.
Relatively small size and superior efficiency allows the nova chassis that is
even smaller than its predecessors, without the large, heavy and expensive heat
sinking common in class A/B amplifiers. The amplifier in the nova150 is capable
of driving an extremely wide range of speakers with impedances as low as 2.5Ω
and as high as 16Ω. Combine that with a power output of 150 watts per channel
and you can be sure this new nova will easily drive your favorite loudspeaker.
Extensive Power Supply & Grounding Design: The nova150 utilizes
an extensive power supply and grounding design to ensure the noise floor is
pushed as far down as possible to allow the music to shine through. Peachtree's
engineers spent hours upon hours determining the optimal power supply filtering
and grounding scheme to prevent any unwanted noise from finding its way into the
signal path. As a result, the nova150 achieves a remarkable dynamic range and
signal-to-noise ratio. Turn up the nova150 to full volume without music playing,
put your ear to the speaker and enjoy the lack of noise.
Asynchronous USB Inputs: The Nova150 includes an asynchronous USB-B
for a computer and an asynchronous USB-A for Apple iOS devices with Lightning
connector. The USB-A port also features exclusive Peachtree DyNEC (Dynamic Noise
Elimination Circuit) technology.
- USB-B Input for Computer Audio (Windows or Mac): The
Nova150's asynchronous USB-B input allows direct digital connection to your
Windows or Mac computer for PCM and DSD audio playback. Asynchronous
technology allows the digital clock inside Nova150 to control the flow of
data coming from your computer. This method of communication leads to less
jitter (timing errors) for the unit's ESS Reference Sabre32 DAC to deal with
which results in clearer more defined sound. The unit supports 16-32bit,
44.1-384kHz PCM music files and 2.8824-5.6448MHz, 1-bit DSD music files. For
playback of files above 96kHz, Windows requires installation of
Peachtree Audio's USB 2.0 driver on your PC before it will be
- USB-A Input for Apple iOS Lightning Devices (w/ DyNEC):
The Nova150 includes a dedicated asynchronous USB-A connection on the
rear-panel that provides a direct digital wired connection to Apple iOS
Lightning equipped devices. The exclusive Peachtree DyNEC (Dynamic Noise
Elimination Circuit) eliminates all audible power supply and screen noise
that can be created by plugging in an Apple iOS device. Once all sources of
noise are eliminated, music files are "handed off" to our internal ESS
SABRE32 Reference DAC - further improving performance via asynchronous
connection, and eliminating any timing errors caused by jitter. With DyNEC
and an asynchronous connection, Peachtree's dedicated iOS input lets you
hear your music with all the clarity, dynamics and emotion the artist
intended. Simply use the cable that came with your iPod touch, iPhone, or
iPad and enjoy the music and apps of your mobile device with the DAC and
sound quality of the Nova150. Compatible with the following Apple iOS
Lightning equipped devices - iPod touch (5th gen and newer), iPhone (5 and
newer), & iPad (Air/mini/Pro). Make sure your Apple device has the
latest iOS version installed.
Optical/Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Nova150 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 or
cable/satellite box. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support up to
16-24bit, 44.1-192kHz PCM 2ch audio.
Phono Input: The nova150 includes a moving magnet (MM) phono input for
direct connection of a turntable. This custom designed Phono input circuit
accommodates a wide range of MM cartridge outputs. With the nova150 you no
longer need an external phono preamp unless you are using a lower output moving
coil (MC) cartridge. In that case, the internal phono preamp in the nova150 can
be bypassed, allowing the phono input to accept line-level signals from a
dedicated phonoa preamp or any other line-level device.
Discrete Headphone Amp: The nova150 is outfitted with a newly
designed, discrete low-impedance headphone amplifier. It can easily drive any
headphones on the market, and drive them well. The signal-to-noise ratio of the
circuitry will impress even the most die-hard headphone enthusiast. When you
plug headphones in, the speakers and preamp outputs are automatically muted and
the volume knob becomes a dedicated headphone volume controller. Unplug the
headphones, and the system reverts back to being an integrated amplifier. The
nova150 is fitted with a full-size 1/4" headphone jack on the front-panel.
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. Use speakers with a nominal impedance between 2.5-16Ω.
Home Theater Bypass (HTB): Home Theater Bypass (HTB) allows for easy
integration with a multi-channel preamp/processor or audio/video receiver, so
that the power amplifier in the nova150 drives the front left and right speakers
for stereo and multi-channel listening. The nova150 amplifier section is likely
more powerful and better sounding than many AV receiver available today, and
relieving the AVR from driving the front left and right speakers makes it much
easier for the receiver to drive the center and surround speakers. When
listening to stereo music the nova150 becomes your control center, and you can
enjoy the full benefit of its reference DAC and ultra-low-noise circuitry. If
the HTB input isn't needed it can be configured as a standard analog line-level
Input/Output Loop & Preamp Output: The nova150 includes an extremely useful loop
(output/input) feature, allowing you to add an external tube buffer, equalizer
or other processor into the signal path as desired. The LOOP button on the
remote control engages and disengages the loop audio path utilizing
high-performance relays. The stereo RCA preamp-outputs allow you to use an
external amplifier with the Nova150; they also provide connections for a powered
Volume Control Bypass ("Power Amp Mode"): The nova150 provides a
Volume Control Bypass feature on its digital inputs which puts the nova150 into
a "power amp" mode. This is particularly useful if you have a connected source
with its own volume control. For example - if you have a favorite device or app
with a volume slider built right into the interface, simply bypass the nova150
volume control for that input and use the app slider instead.
Remote Control: The nova150 comes supplied with an IR remote
control for wireless operation of the integrated amplifier. The remote control
offers the same functions as the nova150's front-panel controls, plus adds a
mute button and basic playback control (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) for
your connected Apple iOS Lightning equipped device. The remote is powered by two
"AAA" batteries (supplied). The remote control IR sensor is located in the
center of the nova150's front-panel. The integrated amp also includes a
rear-panel IR input & 12V trigger output.
- IR Input: The IR input (3.5mm) accepts input from an Infrared
(IR) repeater/distribution system.
- 12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm)
enables power on/off control of another component with a 12V trigger input.
Optional Accessories: Peachtree Audio offers an optional
Bluetooth receiver and WiFi module (both sold separately) for the nova150
integrated amplifier, so you can enjoy wireless audio playback.
- Bluetooth Receiver: The Peachtree BT1 add-on Bluetooth
music receiver (731BT1,
sold separately) enables wireless connection of your Bluetooth-enabled
devices (such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet,
Windows PC, Mac computer, etc.) to the nova150 integrated amplifier. Now,
you will be able to listen to music files and music apps from your
Bluetooth-enabled devices through the nova150. The BT1 Bluetooth receiver
can plug into the nova150's stereo RCA analog input or optical digital
- WiFi Module (Coming Soon): The nova150 was designed to
accommodate Peachtree's add-on Wi-Fi module (sold separately), which is currently under development (no
ETA). Peachtree engineers have even reserved an input button on the front-panel
for it. This will allow you to stream audio directly into the nova150 without
the need for connecting any wires.