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Peachtree Audio Nova300 XL

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC, optional Bluetooth® (Piano Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Peachtree Audio Nova300 XL

We tend to use Peachtree amps as a go-to power source when demonstrating speakers here at Crutchfield HQ, so we're happy to meet the Peachtree nova300 XL. With an impressive 300 watts per channel, it can drive our most demanding pair of speakers and serve up clear, dynamic sound. This elegant integrated amplifier can accommodate nearly any audio source you can think of, from a turntable to an iPhone®. It even has a discrete amplifier for headphone listening.

Powerful sound for music lovers

We tend to use Peachtree amps as a go-to power source when demonstrating speakers here at Crutchfield HQ, so we're happy to meet the Peachtree nova300 XL. With an impressive 300 watts per channel, it can drive our most demanding pair of speakers and serve up clear, dynamic sound. This elegant integrated amplifier can accommodate nearly any audio source you can think of, from a turntable to an iPhone®. It even has a discrete amplifier for headphone listening.

Designed by a team of world-class engineers and manufactured right here in North America, this stylish integrated amplifier continues Peachtree's tradition of making products that sound every bit as good as they look.

Ready for high-resolution audio

The nova300 XL features an ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference digital-to-analog converter that delivers precisely detailed sound with a wide range of digital audio formats, all the way up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD.

It also uses an ICEpower® amplifier for lower distortion, less noise, and a simplified overall design. It's powerful, musical and dynamic, and it can drive just about any set of speakers, since it can handle impedances down to 2.5 ohms. 

All music sources are welcome

For digital music sources, this amp offers an asynchronous USB Type-B input for a computer, along with a coaxial input and two optical inputs that accommodate signals up to 24-bit/192kHz. Use the cable that came with your iPhone or iPad® to connect your device to the USB Type-A port, and listen to your music and apps with the nova's superior processing and sound quality. You get analog connections for old-school music sources, too. For vinyl lovers, there's a built-in moving magnet (MM) phono preamp stage for a direct turntable connection.

Customize it

The nova300 XL features Peachtree's popular Home Theater Bypass (HTB) feature for easy integration with a multichannel preamp/processor or A/V receiver. With HTB, the nova's power amplifier drives the front left and right speakers of your home theater. This frees up your receiver to drive the center and surround speakers more efficiently while improving sound quality for your front speakers. The Volume Control Bypass feature puts the Nova300 into "power amp" mode, letting you control volume from a knob or slider on your favorite device or app.

It's also a headphone amp

The nova300 XL has a discrete, low-impedance headphone amplifier that brings brilliant sound to just about any headphones out there. The speakers and preamp outputs are automatically muted when you plug your headphones in, and the volume knob becomes a headphone volume controller. The system reverts back to an integrated amplifier as soon as you unplug your headphones.

Product Highlights:

  • 300 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at less than 1% THD
  • 450 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at less than 1% THD
    • 2.5-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • ESS Sabre ES9018K2M Reference DAC for high dynamic range, low noise, and jitter elimination
  • latest-generation ICEpower® Class D solid state power amp
  • USB (Type B) port supports PCM digital audio sources up to 32-bit/384 kHz resolution, plus Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files up to 5.6 MHz resolution
  • USB (Type A) port for direct digital audio from Apple® Lightning® devices
  • asynchronous USB technology with advanced noise isolation for reduced timing jitter and better sound on USB input
  • built-in high-performance headphone amplifier drives demanding headphones with ease
  • home theater bypass for easy integration with a multi-channel preamp/processor or A/V receiver
  • high-gloss wood cabinet for a cool retro look
  • wireless remote
  • add Bluetooth® with the optional BT1 adapter (not included)
Connections:
  • rear-panel USB (Type B) port for connection to a computer
  • rear-panel USB (Type A) port for connecting USB memory devices and iPod/iPhone
  • digital audio inputs: 2 Toslink optical, 1 coaxial
  • 2 stereo RCA analog inputs
  • switchable phono preamp for use with a turntable
  • full-size 1/4" headphone jack (compatible with headphones up to 600 ohms impedance)
  • remote (IR), and 12 volt-trigger connections for use with external controllers
General Features:

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Instruction booket
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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 300
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 450
Frequency Bandwidth 1k
THD 0.005%
Minimum Impedance 2.5 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 111
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback PCM, DSD
Bluetooth Optional
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input Type-B/Type-A
Preamp Outputs Stereo
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 14-1/8
Height (inches) 4-1/2
Depth (inches) 15-1/8
Weight (pounds) 17
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Integrated Amplifier: The Peachtree Audio nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL incorporates the latest generation of ICEPower amplification, with an impressive 300 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 nova300 XL 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 300 watts per channel and you can be sure this new nova will easily drive your favorite loudspeaker.

Extensive Power Supply & Grounding Design: The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL achieves a remarkable dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio. Turn up the nova300 XL to full volume without music playing, put your ear to the speaker and enjoy the lack of noise.

Asynchronous USB Inputs: The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL'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 nova300 XL 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 compatible.
  • USB-A Input for Apple iOS Lightning Devices (w/ DyNEC): The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL. Compatible with the following Apple iOS Lightning equipped devices - iPod touch (5th gen and newer), iPhone (5 and newer), & iPad (Air/mini/Pro).

Optical/Coaxial Digital Inputs: The nova300 XL 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 (not compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, or DSD).

Phono Input: The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL can be bypassed, allowing the phono input to accept line-level signals from a dedicated phono preamp or any other line-level device.

Discrete Headphone Amp: The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL is fitted with a full-size 1/4" headphone jack on the front-panel.

Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: The unit's heavy-duty, 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 nova300 XL drives the front left and right speakers for stereo and multi-channel listening. The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL 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.

Input/Output Loop & Preamp Output: The nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL; they also provide connections for a powered subwoofer.

Volume Control Bypass ("Power Amp Mode"): The nova300 XL provides a Volume Control Bypass feature on its digital inputs which puts the nova300 XL 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 nova300 XL volume control for that input and use the app slider instead.

Remote Control: The nova300 XL comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the integrated amplifier. The remote control offers the same functions as the nova300 XL'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 nova300 XL'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 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 nova300 XL integrated amplifier. Now, you will be able to listen to music files and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled devices through the nova300 XL. The BT1 Bluetooth receiver can plug into the nova300 XL's stereo RCA analog input or optical digital input.

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