Overview: The Peachtree Audio iNova is an 80-watt x
2-channel integrated amplifier with built-in iPod dock and both digital & analog
inputs/outputs so you can connect both your digital and analog audio components.
The built-in iPod dock lets you connect your Apple iPod for audio/video playback. The Nova has
a USB input for your computer, in addition to 2 coax and 2 optical inputs for
other digital sources like Squeezebox, Sonos, Roku Soundbridge, and Apple TV. It also has 2 analog inputs for a CD player, tape deck, or phono preamp.
If you want to add a subwoofer or outboard amplifier, the Nova features a "Class
A" variable preamp-output and a fixed line output.
Two-Channel Amplifier With Tube Preamp Section: The pre-amp
section employs a 6N1P tube with a Class A output stage. This maintains a high
level of detail while taming harsh compressed digital music. It is coupled with
an A/B amplifier in the final stage to achieve a very analog sounding product.
The iNova is designed to drive one pair of speakers with a rated output
impedance of between 4 and 8 ohms.
High-Quality D/A Converter: The Peachtree Audio iNova
features an onboard ESS 9016 Sabre³² Ultra DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter). It is a
24-bit/192kHz upsampling D/A converter, which transforms just about any digital source
to the performance of a high-end CD player. The ESS 9016 DAC's patented jitter
reduction circuit re-clocks the digital signal to almost 0 jitter before passing
it through a high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz upsampling processor, which is also capable
of 122dB s/n ratio. The iNova also features a user selectable DAC filter slope
which allows for a sharp slope that measures better or a soft slope that is
preferred by many audiophiles.
Regulate Power Supplies: The Peachtree Audio iNova employs 11
regulated power supplies for the DAC and transformer-couples each digital input
stage so noise associated with ground problems and switching power supplies is
eliminated. The iNova features a multi-voltage, switchable, toroidal power
transformer. For international use, the iNova allows you to switch its voltage.
Tube Window: The iNova features a tube window which allows
you to view the glow of the unit's tube.
USB Connection: The iNova has a USB 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 iNova via I2S configuration.
Using the iNova, you can take a pure digital audio signal from iTunes, Windows
Media, Front Row, 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 iNova's USB type-B port; no sound card is required. The iNova can decode
MP3, MP44, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, and Apple lossless codecs. The USB port is
galvanized-isolated from the computer connection to prevent noise from reaching
the DAC. This is very important because significant noise generated by the
computer's switching power supply travels down the USB ground and manifests
itself as a major source of jitter. The iNova eliminates this noise before the DAC sees it. The LED next to the USB connection will remain lit when the signal
from your computer is lock.
Pure Digital iPod Dock: The Peachtree Audio iNova features a
integrated pure digital iPod dock which bypasses your iPod's built-in DAC for
better sound quality. The iNova'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 iNova's integrated iPod dock supports audio playback, video output,
remote control, and charging of select iPod models.
- Audio/Video Playback: The iNova supports music, podcast,
and audiobook playback from your docked iPod. It also features a component
video output for iPod video playback on your connected television.
- Menu Navigation: The iNova 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
- iPod Display: The iNova 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
iNova is powered on.
Note: The iNova 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 iNova 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 |
dock-connector ||3rd ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|mini ||1st ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
||5th ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| classic ||80GB ||1.1.2 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
|120GB ||2.0.1 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
|160GB ||2.0.4 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| iPod nano || 1st || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 6th ||1.0pc || Y || N || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| iPod touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 3rd || 4.2.1 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| 4th || 4.2.1 || Y || Component || Y || Y || iPod/iPhone || iPod/iPhone || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3G || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3GS || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 4 || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
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
Component Video Output: The Peachtree Audio iNova includes a
component video output. The iNova's component video output lets you watch your
docked iPod's movies, TV show's, and other recorded video on your connected
Dual Analog Inputs: The Auxiliary 1 and Auxiliary 2 inputs
each contain a pair of analog line-level RCA stereo inputs for connection to
your CD player, Tape player, MD player, or portable digital music player.
Home Theater Bypass: The 2nd analog input doubles as a "Home
Theater Bypass" so you can have the best of Home Theater and 2-channel in the
same system. Simply take the left and right "pre-out" from your receiver or
processor and connect to the "Home Theater" bypass on the iNova. A selector
switch on the back panel converts from Aux to HT bypass. In this application
your receiver transparently uses the L&R amplifier section of the iNova, leaving
the HT receiver amplifier to push only the center and rear speakers. This leaves
the receiver responsible only for pushing the center and rear speakers, making
the receiver much more efficient and less taxed. Also when you listen to a 2
channel source plugged directly into the iNova, there is a straight line from the
source to the iNova to the speaker (no processing, nor running the signal through
a forest of circuitry).
Digital Audio Inputs: The iNova is equipped with two optical
and two coaxial digital inputs for connecting external digital audio sources
such as a CD or DVD player.
Speaker Terminals: The unit's binding-post speaker terminals
are clearly marked red-positive and black-negative for proper polarity
connections. The amplifier's speaker terminals will accommodate bare wire,
pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).
Pre-Out: The stereo RCA preamp-outputs allow you to use an
external amplifier with the iNova; they also provide connections for a powered
Headphone Output: The iNova has a "Class A, tube" headphone
section. The Peachtree Audio iNova utilizes a front-panel, 1/4" headphone input
which mutes the speakers when headphones are plugged in.
Remote Control: The iNova comes supplied with an IR remote
control which is easy to use. The remote control offers the same functions as
the iNova's front-panel controls, plus adds a mute button. The remote is powered
by two "AAA" batteries (supplied). The remote control IR sensor is located in
the center of the iNova's front-panel.
Remote In/Out: The Peachtree Audio iNova features a
rear-panel Remote Input/Output (3.5mm) for connecting an external remote