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Peachtree Audio musicBox/mB3

Compact integrated amp with mB3 speakers

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Our take on the Peachtree Audio musicBox/mB3

The iPod dock built into the musicBox bypasses the iPod's built-in DAC and analog output, which are OK for earbuds, but not so good for home audio. Instead, the signal goes directly to the 24-bit/96kHz Crystal Semiconductor DAC, which delivers far superior sound quality.

A desktop audiophile's best friend

The musicBox is the perfect choice if your space is limited, but not your passion for music. This system combines Peachtree's built-in Pure Digital iPod® dock, a high-quality digital-to-analog converter, a vacuum tube preamp, and a high-current MOSFET power amp. Just plug in your iPod or computer, connect the included mB3 speakers and experience deep, rich sound that packs a big punch.

The iPod dock built into the musicBox bypasses the iPod's built-in DAC and analog output, which are OK for earbuds, but not so good for home audio. Instead, the signal goes directly to the 24-bit/96kHz Crystal Semiconductor DAC, which delivers far superior sound quality.

Peachtree also provides a top-notch onboard headphone amp that's fed from the tube preamplifier for high-quality private listening. The musicBox even features a component video output, so you can easily use your docked iPod to watch movies, TV shows and video podcasts on your HDTV. Preamp/subwoofer outputs let you connect a powered subwoofer or outboard power amplifier for even bigger sound.

The mB3 speakers are a perfect match for the amp, both visually and sonically. The long-throw 3" driver is mounted in a sealed enclosure. You'll hear surprisingly deep, tight bass and smooth, natural mids and highs.

Product Highlights:

      • 25 watts x 2 channels into 6 ohms at 0.1% THD
      • Pure Digital iPod dock bypasses iPod's DAC (and its analog audio output circuitry) for better sound
      • compatiible with 160GB iPod classic®, 6th generation iPod nano®, and 4th generation iPod touch
      • compatible with iPhone®, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
      • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
      • 24-bit/96kHz Crystal Semiconductor digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
      • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 1 optical (Toslink), and 1 coaxial (S/PDIF)
      • 1 pair RCA analog audio inputs
      • 1 pair RCA audio preamp outputs for connecting a powered subwoofer or outboard power amplifier
      • Bass EQ switch for best sound with or without an optional subwoofer
      • component video output
      • headphone output (full-size 1/4" jack)
      • heavy-duty binding-post speaker connectors
      • detachable power cord
      • remote control
      • 9-1/2"W x 4-11/16"H x 12-7/8"D
      • weight: 14 lbs.
      • warranty on amp: 1 year (6 months on tube)
      • 3" aluminum driver in a sealed enclosure
      • frequency response: 75-18,000 Hz
      • 4-5/16"W x 8"H x 9-1/16"D
      • warranty on speakers: 5 years

    What's in the Box:

    • Peachtree Audio musicBox:
    • Peachtree Audio musicBox
    • 5' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 4 iPod dock adapter inserts
    • 2 Spare fuses (for 230V)
    • Instruction Booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Peachtree Audio mB3:
    • 2 Loudspeakers
    • 2 Metal tabletop stands
    • 4 Mounting screws
    • Owner's Manual/Warranty Information

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    Peachtree Audio musicBox/mB3 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    Great bang for the buck!

    JohnR from St. Louis, MO on 5/13/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As advertised the Peachtree Audio musicBox delivers tremendous sound improvement on playback of iPod mp3s. For a small shelf system it produces clear powerful sound with good bottom end bass. I have two of these. One with the mb3 speakers, the other with the ds4.5 speakers. For added bass response I have put a subwoofer with these units and enjoy my music as much as ever. With the remote control I can raise or lower volume while going forward and reverse on the iPod. The musicBox sounds great and is appealing to the eye. I highly recommend Peachtree Audio products. You'll enjoy the musicBox package with the mb3 or the upgraded ds4.5 speakers.




    Hands-on research

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    Overview: The Peachtree Audio musicBox system includes the Peachtree Audio musicBox and a pair of Peachtree Audio MB3 loudspeakers. The Peachtree Audio musicBox system provides high-quality audio playback from your analog & digital audio sources, such as your computer, iPod, CD player, or other audio devices. The Peachtree Audio musicBox features a high-performance DAC (digital-to-analog converter), special vacuum tube preamplifier circuitry, and a MOSFET power amplifier section for outstanding audio reproduction. The included Peachtree Audio mB3 loudspeakers offer a big sonic stage, and can be placed vertically or horizontally. The musicBox system also includes a convenient IR wireless remote control.

    musicBox Features
    mB3 Speakers

    musicBox Features

    DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter): The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with a 25-bit/96kHz Crystal Seminconductor digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The musicBox takes the digital bitstream from your computer, iPod, or other audio digital audio device and sends it to the musicBox's own high-performance internal DAC. The musicBox utilizes this internal high-performance digital-to-analog converter to process and play compressed and uncompressed music files in high-fidelity from your computer's hard-drive, your iPod, or other digital audio source.

    MOSFET Power Amplifier w/ Vacuum Tube Preamp Circuitry: The Peachtree Audio musicBox features an integrated MOSFET power amplifier with special vacuum tube preamplifier circuitry to create audiophile-grade sound. The integrated amplifier is rated at 25 watts x 2 channel in 6-ohms at 0.1% THD.

    Bass EQ: The unit's "Bass EQ" engages the system's bass boost function. The "Bass EQ" has been designed to complement the bass roll-off characteristics of the included mB3 loudspeakers.

    Speaker Outputs: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect the included mB3 loudspeakers. The musicBox is designed to drive one pair of speakers with a rated output impedance of 4-8 ohms.

    Note: Do not connect more than one pair of speakers to the musicBox.

    USB Port: The musicBox features a rear-panel USB (type-B) port to connect your computer or other digital audio source which uses a USB output. The musicBox's USB (type-B) audio input can be used to take music files from your computer's hard-drive and play them back with superb fidelity.

    Note: No custom USB drivers or software programs are needed to listen to music from your computer. The musicBox supports both Windows PC and Mac.

    iPod Dock: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with a top-panel iPod dock for playback of your iPod'S music library. The musicBox takes the digital bitstream from your iPod and sends it to the musicBox's own high-performance internal DAC for superb high-fidelity audio playback. The Peachtree Audio musicBox supports audio playback, music navigation, and charging of select iPods. The musicBox does not feature a display screen, so song & artist information will still need be viewed on your iPod's LCD screen. It is recommended that you store your iPod/iPhone's music using high-bit rate formats, such as Apple Lossless or WAV for better sound quality. The Peachtree Audio musicBox is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod models and functions (as of 1/13/2012).

    iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationTested VersionMedia Type Control TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideo OutRemoteiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rdn/aNNNNNNN
    mini 1stn/aNNNNNNN
    iPod nano 1stn/aNNNNNNN
    iPod touch1st2.2.1YComponentYYiPodiPodY

    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.

    Component Video Output: The unit's component video output allows you to view video stored in your docked iPod on your connected high-definition flat-panel television.

    Remote Control: The musicBox includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system and your docked iPod. The remote provides full menu navigation of your compatible iPod. The remote control operates off of two "AA" batteries (included).

    Note: The iPod nano (6th gen) only supports basic playback functions using the system's remote control.

    Digital Audio Inputs: The Peachtree Audio musicBox is equipped with two digital audio inputs (1 coaxial/1 optical) to connect an external digital audio source, such as your CD player or DVD player.

    Auxiliary Input: The musicBox is equipped with a stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an analog audio device, such as your CD player or tuner.

    Note: You will need an additional phono preamp for use with turntables.

    Preamp Output: The unit's stereo preamp output (variable) is used to connect an external amplifier or powered subwoofer.

    Headphone Output: The Peachtree Audio musicBox features a front-panel 1/4" headphone output to connect a set of high-quality headphones (sold separately) for private listening. The audio signal to the connected speakers is fully muted when headphones are connected.

    Tube Window: The musicBox features a front-panel tube window, allowing you to view the glow of the unit's tube.

    Power Requirements: The Peachtree Audio musicBox operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied detachable 5' AC power cord.

    mB3 Speakers

    Aluminum Drivers: Each Peachtree Audio mB3 loudspeaker features a 3" full-range aluminum driver with a special wide-bandwidth design that ensures excellent bass response and treble extension beyond 14kHz.

    Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Peachtree Audio mB3 loudspeakers utilize a bass reflex enclosure (with a rear-firing port) for greater efficiency and batter bass response. The enclosure features MDF construction covered in a high-quality gloss black finish.

    Binding Posts: Each Peachtree Audio mB3 loudspeaker features a pair of 5-way binding posts to connect your speaker wire. The binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification.

    Tabletop Stands: The supplied metal tabletop stands let you place the Peachtree Audio mB3 loudspeakers horizontally or vertically on a shelf, table, or upright speaker stands. The tabletop stands attach to the speakers using the supplied hardware and the 6mm threaded inserts on the back of each loudspeaker.


    Peachtree Audio musicBox:

    • Width = 9.5"
    • Height = 4.6875"
    • Depth = 12.875"

    Peachtree Audio mB3 Loudspeakers:

    • Vertical Orientation (with stand):
      • Width = 4.3125"
      • Height = 8.0"
      • Depth = 9.0625"
    • Horizontal Orientation (with stand):
      • Width = 6.5"
      • Height = 5.875"
      • Depth = 9.0625"

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