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Stereo digital-to-analog converter with Pure Digital iPod® dock
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Peachtree iDac Digital-to-Analog Converter & Dock
Crutchfield: Peachtree Audio story
Item # 731IDAC | MFR # iDac
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Our take on the Peachtree iDac by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Amazing sound from your digital media
The Peachtree Audio iDac does one thing extraordinarily well. It takes your digital audio content and converts it to an analog signal that can then be played through your best amp and speakers.
The high-performance built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) delivers a highly detailed and pristine analog signal to your system. You'll hear the rich detail contained in your digital music files some perhaps that you haven't heard before. Those little details, such as the wispy sound of brushes on a snare or the complex overtones of a cello, can make your music come alive.
Made for the iPod and more
When you dock your iPod, the iDac sends a special code to your player that allows it to bypass the iPod's built-in DAC. Why is that important? The more advanced circuitry of the iDac does a much better job at converting your player's stored files than your iPod can. And it's a difference you can hear especially when you're listening through high-quality speakers and amplification.
The iDac isn't just for iPods, though. Connect your PC to its USB input, and you'll get stellar sound from digital music files stored on your hard drive. This connection bypasses your computer's noise-prone sound card and treats your tunes to top-notch D-to-A conversion. If you're a connoisseur of high-resolution music, you'll love the iDac's ability to play your 96kHz/24-bit downloads in all their glory. Two optical and two coaxial digital inputs let you hook up your Apple TV, CD player, Sonos music player, or virtually any other digital audio source.
A superior DAC that tames jitter
Errors in the timing of your digital music's data stream known as "jitter" can smear subtle details and make your system sound harsh. The iDac includes a high-performance ESS Sabre32 DAC that's designed to extract the best possible sound from all your digital audio sources, especially high-jitter sources like your computer or iPod.
Beauty is more than skin deep
The iDac sports a clean, minimalist design but that's just on the outside. Inside, Peachtree addresses common audio problems through careful attention to detail. Its linear power supply and 11 regulated subpower supplies prevent noise and distortion throughout the signal chain. The USB input is separately grounded, to eliminate noise from traveling in along that connection. And because Peachtree knows that the true test of any component is in its real-world performance, you can count on truly involving sound that'll have you listening late into the night and wanting more.
What's in the Box:
- External D/A converter with integrated iPod dock
- 6.5' AC power cord
- IR remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 4 iPod adapter inserts
- Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
- built-in Sabre32 Ultra DAC (ES9016) 32-bit digital-to-analog converter with jitter reduction
- built-in Pure Digital iPod dock bypasses iPod's DAC (and its analog audio output circuitry) for better sound
- compatible with docking iPods, including the 160GB iPod classic®, 6th generation iPod nano®, 4th generation iPod touch®
- USB (Type B) input with 96kHz/24-bit compatibility for playing high-res music from your PC
- 2 optical digital (Toslink) and 2 coaxial digital audio inputs
- component and S-video output for passing video signals from your iPod or iPhone to your TV
- remote control
- replaceable power cable
- 9-9/16"W x 3"H x 11-3/8"D
- weight: 8 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Peachtree iDac Reviews
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Overview: The Peachtree Audio iDac is a stand-alone DAC featuring an integrated pure digital iPod dock. The iDac also has five additional high-resolution digital inputs (USB, 2 Optical, 2 Coaxial) for your computer, cable box, satellite receiver, or DVD/CD player. The iDac utilizes a multi-layer DAC board with over 450 components, a linear power supply, and 11 regulated sub-power supplies to prevent noise and distortion. The iDac was designed to provide superior sound quality from your computer, iPod, and other digital audio components even when dealing with the extremes of audio streaming, bad power supplies, grounding issues, and high-jitter.
ESS 9016 32-bit Sabre D/A Converter: The Peachtree Audio iDac features an ESS 9016 32-bit Sabre DAC for high-performance sound quality of music stored on your iPod or computer, and even your other digitally connected components. The ESS Sabre32 DAC's patented jitter-reduction circuit re-clocks the digital signal before passing it through a high-resolution 24bit/192kHz bit-perfect processor. Re-clocking is needed for computers and most streaming or hard-drive based music servers because most have high levels of jitter and/or noise. Noise, typically associated with ground problems and switching power supplies, is eliminated by transformer-coupling each digital input.
Note: The iDac frequency responses is rated at 5 Hz to 100,000 Hz.
24-bit/96kHz USB Port: The Peachtree Audio iDac features a 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution USB (type-B) port for connection to your computer and playback of audio stored on your computer hard disk drive. The iDac's USB interface utilizes galvanized isolation to reduce ground noise from your computer's switching power supply. The USB (type-B) port is found on the rear-panel of iDac.
Note: This unit's USB port supports both Mac and Windows computers.
24-bit/192kHz Digital Audio Inputs: The Peachtree Audio iDac is equipped with two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. Through the iDac's digital inputs you can experience 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution sound. The iDac will improve the digital output from most any standard CD/DVD player or Satellite/Cable box. All four digital inputs are located on the unit's rear-panel.
Digital Filter: The Peachtree Audio iDac features a rear-panel digital filter switch. You can select from two digital filter modes.
- NOS (no filter or oversampling): Preferred by many audiophiles for its smoother sound.
- NAL (non-aliasing): Provides better measurements and is preferred by some listeners.
Hi-Bit/Lo-Bit Switch: The Peachtree Audio iDac is equipped with a rear-panel Hi-Bit/Lo-Bit switch which is user-selectable. The Lo-Bit setting is the choice of many audiophiles, but you are encouraged to experiment and choose the setting whose sound you prefer.
Analog Audio Output: The Peachtree Audio iDac is equipped with a rear-panel stereo analog RCA output (fixed) to connect your preamplifier or Hi-Fi receiver. The iDac's signal-to-noise ratio at its analog output is rated at 118 db ("A" weighted).
Note: Do not connect these fixed-level line outputs to a phono input or directly to the inputs of a power amplifier.
Pure Digital iPod Dock: The Peachtree Audio iDac features a integrated pure digital iPod dock which bypasses your iPod's built-in DAC for better sound quality. The iDac's pure digital iPod dock delivers nothing but "1's" and "0's" from your docked iPod directly to its high resolution digital-to-analog converter for superior sound quality of your iPod's stored music. The iDac's integrated iPod dock supports audio playback, video output, remote control, and charging of select iPod models.
- Audio/Video Playback: The iDac supports music, podcast, and audiobook playback from your docked iPod. It also features a component and S-video output for iPod video playback on your connected television.
- Menu Navigation: The iDac lets you navigate your iPod's menu, using the included IR remote control. The iPod nano (6th generation) only supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Skip (Previous/Next).
- iPod Display: The iDac does not feature a display. You will continue to view song/artist information on your iPod's LCD screen.
- Charging: A docked iPod will be charged whenever the iDac is powered on.
Note: The iDac includes four iPod dock adapter inserts - nano (3rd gen), iPod video, iPod classic (80/120/160GB), and iPod touch. If your iPod does not already come with an iPod/iPhone adapter insert, it is highly recommend you purchase one from the Apple Store for a proper fit.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The iDac is "Made for iPod compatible" and supports the following iPod model functions (February 2011).
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video Out||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
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.
Video Output: The Peachtree Audio iDac includes both component video and S-video outputs. The iDac's video outputs let you watch your docked iPod's movies, TV show's, and other recorded video on your connected HDTV. The component and S-video outputs are found on the rear-panel of the iDac.
IR Remote Control: The Peachtree Audio iDac includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit and your docked iPod.
Remote In/Out: The Peachtree Audio iDac features a rear-panel Remote Input/Output (3.5mm) for connecting an external remote infrared sensor.
AC Power: The Peachtree Audio iDac operates off of standard household AC current using it internal linear power supply and the supplied detachable AC power cord. The unit's maximum power consumption is 20W.
Note: The unit offers voltage switching (115V/230V) for international use.
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