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Peachtree Audio nova65SE

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC (Gloss Black)

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Digital versatility and an elegant design make the Peachtree Audio nova65SE stand out among integrated amplifiers. Its unique wood chassis and tube buffer immediately attract eyes, while its smooth, detailed sound is pleasing to discerning ears. Connect a computer, network music player, streaming media box, or disc player, and let this amp's audiophile DAC work its magic on your digital music sources — in low or high resolution. A pair of analog inputs is perfect for a turntable and phono preamp. This amplifier can serve as the heart of a killer desktop setup or a larger rig in a bedroom or living room.

A modern amp for the digital age

Digital versatility and an elegant design make the Peachtree Audio nova65SE stand out among integrated amplifiers. Its unique wood chassis and tube buffer immediately attract eyes, while its smooth, detailed sound is pleasing to discerning ears. Connect a computer, network music player, streaming media box, or disc player, and let this amp's audiophile DAC work its magic on your digital music sources — in low or high resolution. A pair of analog inputs is perfect for a turntable and phono preamp. This amplifier can serve as the heart of a killer desktop setup or a larger rig in a bedroom or living room.

Improved amplifier design

The nova65SE improves on Peachtree's original nova65 by combining a discrete Class A preamp with a Class D power amplifier. Peachtree borrowed the preamp design from their flagship Grand Series amps. It delivers fine detail and texture that add depth to stereo listening. The power amp is highly efficient, eliminating the need for noisy fans or bulky heat sinks. The nova65SE's clean output is perfectly suited for driving bookshelf speakers with ample power and nuance.

High-resolution upsampling DAC

If you haven't yet discovered high-resolution music, the nova65SE is bound to be an eye-opening starting point. The built-in ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converter is well-regarded in the audiophile community for its ability to reveal all the details in digital high-res files — up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. The DAC even upsamples CD-quality files as well as MP3s to make them sound their absolute best. ESS Technology's Hyperstream Modulator eliminates the timing errors associated with digital conversion, known as jitter, for clean, accurate playback of all your digital music.

Tube buffer

Nothing warms the hearts of true-blue audiophiles like a glowing vacuum tube. And nothing is better at warming up digital music than the nova65SE's triode tube buffer. When you engage it, you'll see it light up blue through the front panel window and hear how it softens the edges of digital tunes for a more analog sound. If the tube sound doesn't do it for you, switch it off and run the amp in pure solid state mode.

Product Highlights:

  • 65 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.5% THD
  • 95 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.5% THD
  • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
  • vacuum tube preamp stage (uses a single 6N1P triode input tube) can be switched in to add warmth and smooth the jagged waveforms of highly compressed digital sources
  • discrete Class A preamp offers fine detail and accurate signal transmission
  • high-current, energy-efficient Class D solid state power amp
  • built-in high-resolution ESS Sabre 24-bit/192kHz upsampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
  • galvanic isolation on all digital inputs blocks common sources of electrical noise
  • built-in headphone amp drives demanding headphones with ease
  • 6mm-thick brushed aluminum front-panel
  • wood chassis
  • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 2 optical, and 1 coaxial
    • supported sample rates: up to 24-bit/192kHz for USB and coaxial; up to 24-bit/96kHz for optical
  • 1 pair of stereo RCA (AUX) inputs
  • 1 pair of RCA audio preamp outputs (for connecting a powered subwoofer, outboard power amplifier, or using the nova65SE as a stand-alone DAC)
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • 12V trigger input enables power on/off control from external sources
  • binding-post speaker connectors
  • detachable AC power cord
  • remote control
  • 14-13/16"W x 5"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 21.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years on amp, 6 months on tube
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

AWESOME amp. Sounds amazing, and looks even better. I got the cherry finish, and it is the prettiest piece of electronics I have even had the pleasure of owning. That said, I had to exchange it for the Nova220se as I needed the extra power. :/

Anonymous, Holmdel, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • 2-Channel integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • IR wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Spare fuses
  • 41" Minijack cable
  • Instruction booklet
  • Windows USB Driver CD-ROM

Peachtree Audio nova65SE Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(17 Reviews)

Great Amp!

PB from Cheyenne, WY on 6/16/2016

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Have this amp to a pair of KEF R300's. Incredible sound. They marry up really well. The clarity, even with digital music inputs, make you feel like being at the event. Fantastic for classical music as well as my other eclectic taste in music. Makes music easy to listen too without fatigue. A bit warmer sound than the digital amps provide. Really like this unit.

Pros: Great sound; matches well with high power speakers; no listening fatigue; the cherry finish is very attractive.

Cons: None

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Glen from New York, NY on 6/7/2016

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I haven't really put it to task, but after a bit of usage, I think it's a very good integrated amp, at this price point. It's currently connected to an older pair of B&W 705s, using (new) very basic 12 gauge copper wires, and a Mac mini as a source using the Peachtree's 24-bit/192kHz DAC. Even with this humble setup, the top end is detailed with out any glare or fatigue, which is something I experienced using other amps connected to these speakers. There is definitely space around the instruments. The bass notes are precise. My ear is used to a bit more of a mid section, but I think that will bloom within time (given the new amp and new wires). I can't speak for sound-stage, given the way the speakers are are setup, in my home office. This is a no frills amp, which does an good job. I'm not sure if the tube stage is doing anything, but it does not seem to be hurting anything either. The amp was recommended by Crutchfields, and it was a good one at that. I'm looking forward to adding a CD transport at a later day.

Pros: -Price -Great built-in DAC -Headphone output -Simple design -Elegant sound

Cons: -Not necessarily a con, but a phono preamp would have been nice, but without sacrificing anything else.

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Anonymous from Holmdel, NJ on 6/3/2016

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AWESOME amp. Sounds amazing, and looks even better. I got the cherry finish, and it is the prettiest piece of electronics I have even had the pleasure of owning. That said, I had to exchange it for the Nova220se as I needed the extra power. :/



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Great Amp clean power from Charlottesville, VA on 5/25/2016

I had 25 tube amp loved the sound but it was not enough power. This amp has more than enough power and 1/2 way tube amp but he sound is fantastic if you download the sonic series apps for your computer it makes the sound even better

Pros: good clean power, tube amp, 192kh processing, good looking

Cons: none

Fantastic integrated amplifier!

CaptVane from Atlanta, GA on 5/17/2016

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I purchased this amplifier to drive my computer audio system. I work at home, so am at my computer 10+ hours every day. Also am a gamer, watch HDTV, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Cinemax, etc. I had an Emotiva DAC and amplifier, but they were big and took up a lot of desk space. I have a nearly new pair of PSB Imagine XB bookshelves and an SVS SB-2000 subwoofer. This Nova 65ES is so much better at driving the speakers. Stereo imaging is clean and clear. The amp provides plenty of power when I want to crank up some music or play a game. I can't say enough in praise of my new amp. Also, major props to Carl for his help with my choice. I was favoring the Yamaha S801 amp, but Carl talked me into the Nova... at $100 less than the Yamaha. Thanks to Carl for recommending the best piece of home audio equipment I've ever bought.

Pros: Beautiful wood finish, quality construction, superior audio performance

Cons: N/A

Suits my needs very well

Bob G from Oakton, VA on 5/9/2016

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I needed an amplifier that would work well with my iMac media server running iTunes. The server is connected to the amp's USB connection. All of my music is ripped from CD's into the Apple lossless format (ALAC), and this amp accepts that format directly. The amp is also a good match with the Monitor Audio Radius 90 speakers that I also bought from Crutchfield. This setup is prominently displayed in my living room, so the good looks of the amp and speakers are also important.

Pros: USB input, ALAC format, high quality DAC, plenty of power for my needs, good looks. Great sound.

Cons: Included remote has some useless extra buttons. The vacuum tube seems like a gimmick; I can't hear any difference whether it's on or off. But no harm done; the sound is great either way.

Nice clean sound

Rick G from mendham, NJ on 1/25/2016

5 Star to me. I'm not an audiofile though. But the product looks good and drives my Monitor Audio RS6 speakers very well. For now I'm streaming iPhone 6 through an apple airport which goes to the RCA input. The sound is clean and more articulate then streaming through bluetooth. I can't wait to get a new cd player and connect it with optical input.

Pros: looks and sounds clean. good value

Cons: would like eliminated volume and another RCA input.

Well Done

MT from Pennsylvania on 1/1/2016

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I spent quite a bit of time in researching integrated amps to be used in my main stereo set up. There were several strong contenders at the price point I was targeting but the Peachtree Nova65se was the perfect blend of features, performance and style for me. What I really appreciated about the Peachtree device is that they focused their efforts on the core of what a great integrated amp needs to do: output high quality sound, from multiple input sources. As digital input sources rapidly evolve, they were thoughtful enough to not add additional expense by adding the current tech (Bluetooth) into the unit that may be obsolete well before the units end of life. Great approach. We can already see BT as the preferred method of wireless streaming being replaced by wi-fi options so I have zero buyers remorse if BT is non existent as a viable input in the future. I added a Google Chromecast Audio dongle as the wireless input along with a turntable and mated it to Klipsch Heresy III speakers for outstanding sound.

Pros: Feature set, sound quality, style

Cons: Some EQ control might have been nice

Plenty of power, great looks and great sound

Bob from North Carolina on 11/22/2015

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I purchased this amplifier to drive a pair of PSB Imagine-T tower speakers. I wasn't sure if the amp would have enough power, but put that concern to bed immediately when I hooked it up and listened. For 95% of my listening, I've got the volume at 9 O'Clock and it delivers clean, undistorted sound. I've taken it as high as 12 O'Clock and without any problem. You get clean, kicking bass response and no distortion at all. I'm using a Sonos Connect with the coax digital connection so I get the benefit of the high quality DAC in this amp. Sounds fantastic. My only negative is the tube buffer. Maybe it's my age, but there is no audible difference with the tube in our out. I just leave it on. Have tube, use it. The other nice thing about this amplifier is the style. My wife decorated our living room in a contemporary style and we bought this amp in gloss black, with a pair of gloss black PSB Imagine T speakers. Sounds awesome and looks great. If I'd chosen any of the black box amplifiers she would have had me put it in a closet. This passed the decor test, and she sets the bar pretty high.

Pros: Plenty of power, great sound, great looks, simple operation.

Cons: Tube buffer doesn't really add value. You might see it on an oscilloscope, but I doubt any human being can tell the difference. Would have preferred a room EQ system for the added cost.

Good Value for the Money

Robbiedon from Florida on 9/21/2015

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Bought this Integrated Amp after much reviewing and expert recommendation and I must it is probably one of the best in it's price range. Good hi"s , Mid's and Low's and something I would listen to over and over again.. To get the best results , you need high end speakers and cables.. This unit is warm and clean. Would not compare it with a 3000 dollar unit but in the price range it is awsome

Pros: Good , clear, warm sound Great for the price

Cons: none so far


MW from Kentucky on 6/20/2015

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Amazing sound. I am still breaking in the speakers (Peachtree D4) but after about 20 hours I'm getting some great sounds. I selected several well-engineered and mastered CD's and a high-level digital file (FLAC) to try out after break-in. The first was a CD: Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 9 by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert Von Karajan. Gorgeous sound. In the 9th you can detect such subtle nuanced sounds. On the vocals you can pick out each individual artist. I am not sure I have heard a better recorded playback of these two pieces than on this amp and speakers. Next was a CD: Classic Sessions by Marty Grosz and Hot Winds. Felt like they were here in the room with me the music was so clear and precise. The piece with the triangle in it just sparkled. On both of these I played them with the tube activated, which warmed up the sound. I tried tube on/tube off and on the orchestra pieces and also Marty Grosz I could tell a difference and preferred the tube on. For playback from my Apple computer I chose Derek and the Dominoes Layla and Other Love Songs in a FLAC file using the VOX player. Great sound. Very bright. On this one I did not use the tube - I preferred the very precise and clean sound of this album without the tube. It sounded brighter and more "alive". And don't forget the switch on the back that optimizes digital file playback. This amp plays at hi-fi level paired with the Peachtree D4 speakers. This amp rocks!!!

Pros: Sounds great. Stays cool does not heat up much. Tube sound. Simple buttons. Switch in back to optimize digital file playback.

Cons: None

Sounds Amazing... and Loud

Ed from Maryland on 5/27/2015

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I tried out a NAD D7050, which had some issues, so I returned it for this Peachtree DAC/AMP. This is my first foray into hi-fi sound, and I have to say, it really sounds amazing. I paired it with the Peachree D5 speakers and IsoAcoustic stands. It sounds great, and I have never turned the volume past 25% as it is super loud. I personally haven't been able to hear the difference of having the tube engaged or disengaged. It sounds slightly different to me, but my ears aren't tuned enough to be able to describe the difference. It's subtle. Other things to note: It was much heaver than I expected it to be. The USB Input is Linux compatible, you don't need any drivers.

Pros: Looks Great Sounds Great

Cons: Its as big as any typical home receiver would be. Turning the tube on/off is only possible using the remote.


Chad H from Richmond, Va on 5/20/2015

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It doesn't get better than this!



Maybe mine was defective

MartyM from Arkansas on 5/17/2015

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We own a Peachtree DeepBlue 2 bluetooth speaker that sounds exceptional. I figured if they did sound that well in a constrained package, their amp and paired speakers would be even better for my office. Before the Peachtree I had an old low-end Onkyo amp and cheap pair of Infinity book shelf speakers that sounded really good, but I wanted something better. The Peachtree amp and D5 speakers arrived and I could hardly wait to plug them in. Then I did. The sound was mediocre at best -- in the same location as the amp and speakers they were replacing. So I started moving the speakers around thinking placement was the problem. Nothing helped. I bought stands to get them up and away from the walls. Still a dead sound. I replaced the speaker wire, even triple check polarity as it just sounded poor (little imaging, very small soundstage, the mid range seemed muddled). Still no luck. Thinking they just need time to break-in, I leave the unit playing during the day while at work. After 30-40 hours of break-in, they sound just as bad. It got to where I would just listen for 5-10 mins then just turn the unit off due to the sound being so unpleasing. The only positive I can say is the upper-range was really smooth and not harsh -- exceptionally so. The mid range was awful. The low-end was good but not exceptional. Trying at different power levels and with/with-out the tube amp engaged did not produce any different results. Not at all worth the price.

Pros: Upper range very good, clean

Cons: Everything else - especially midrange and value.

Beautiful Amp!

Doug E from Washington on 4/10/2015

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When my first Peachtree amp arrived from Crutchfield, I was disappointed to find that it had been damaged in shipping. The folks at Crutchfield were great and got a new one shipped to me right away. For about a week now I have been using my new amp, and really enjoying it. Since the late 70's, I have owned a number of good audio systems....but this one tops them all! Not only does the Peachtree present a startlingly clear, realistic sound, but with the rosewood cabinet it looks great in my living room as well. After listening at moderately loud levels for over four hours, the amp was still cool to the touch! With a built-in DAC and numerous inputs, this unit allows you to enjoy your music from a wide variety of sources. Anyone looking for a great sounding & great looking amp need lock no further.

Pros: Great build quality, beautiful finish, superb sound.

Cons: None so far.

Excelente producto

Giovanni from Puerto Rico on 2/13/2015

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Muy buen amplificador, sonido excepcional. Lo tengo casado con unas bocinas Dynaudio 2/6. Mi música nunca había sonado tan bien. Really good amplifier, exceptional sound. I have it paired with some Dynaudio 2/6 speakers. My music has never sounded so good

Pros: Claridad, fuerza y detalle, incluye DAC de buena calidad. Cuerpo en madera. Clarity, power and details, it includes a good quality DAC. Wood finish body.


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An incredible DAC amplifier

BrianS from NYC, NY on 10/26/2014

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I have some B&W speakers rated at 200 watts and I was concerned about the Peachtree Audio nova65SE at 65 watts to really power these speakers. I also have a subwoofer as well. I've never heard these speakers sound better. I stayed up late reading about amplifiers and wanted something that was not going to be several thousand dollars. I had an Acurus amp that I had blown up twice and this time I decided to get a new amp rather than fixing it. I read about DAC, Digital to Analog Converters and how the quality is really important. I don't really use records or CDs any more at all. I buy music online and play music through my macbook air. I thought about buying a peach tree DAC and an amp and then I called the guys at Cruchfield and they recommended this amp and don't be concerned about the power rating because other amps don't deliver a true power like this one, they may be rated higher but it's not as good quality. I had my doubts but I though I would give this a try and there was a return policy as well. I've never heard music coming from my laptop sound so incredible. There is a USB cable you need to get so you can output digitally to this amp and take advantage of it's built in DAC. The voices are incredible and the base is clear, my subwoofer has always been distorted at a high volume, now it makes the floor shake and moves on it's own but there is no distortion. It's really fun if you want to listen to it loud. If you play your music from your computer this is a great deal

Pros: the sound is incredible, the 65 watt rating is misleading, this amp feels like it has much more power. the finish and controls are very nice

Cons: I can't really think of any. This was money well spent as far as I'm concerned.


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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 65
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 95
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.5%
Minimum Impedance 3 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 100
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Total Analog Inputs 1
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input Type-B
Preamp Outputs Stereo
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 14-13/16
Height (inches) 5
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight (pounds) 21.4
Parts Warranty 2 Years amp/6 Months tub
Labor Warranty 2 Years amp/6 Months tub

Product Research


Overview: The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE combines a high-performance, high-resolution digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a class-A preamplifier with built-in tube buffer, a high-quality headphone amplifier and a strong, yet flexible, power amplifiers that is capable of driving virtually any loudspeaker with ease and authority. 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. With five inputs, including a 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB input you can enjoy computer and streaming audio with incredible high-fidelity sound.

Note: The wood cabinet is sourced from sustainable resources and is available in three premium finishes; rosewood, high-gloss black, and cherry. The front-panel is made from 6mm thick bead blasted aluminum with a soft cool gray finish.

Powerful Amplification: Peachtree amplifiers are rated "all-channels-driven" from 20Hz to 20kHz (full bandwidth of human hearing) to provide "real world" power ratings. Featuring an amplifier that delivers up to 65 watts per channel (8Ω) or 95 watts per channel (4Ω), the nova65SE is the perfect partner for efficient speakers, near-field desktop systems, and for listeners that value quality over quantity of sound.

Discrete Class-A Preamp: The novaSE discrete Class-A preamp output stage combines the musicality of Class-A design with the muscle of Class-D amplification. Signal paths in the novaSE have been made shorter to lower noise and improve transients. The DAC's power supply has also been upgraded with new low-ESR capacitors. The sound is smoother and has improved focus, imaging, and bass definition. Dynamics and micro-detail are greatly improved so you can hear more of what's embedded in the recording.

Selectable Triode Tube Buffer: A selectable triode tube buffer (6N1P) can be turned on for a more natural sound and feel. The tube buffer helps to add a dose of warmth and take the hard edge off compressed audio sources like MP3s. The single 6N1P triode will last years for the average listener; it's easy to change and inexpensive to replace.

High-Resolution 24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE features an onboard ESS Sabre upsampling DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter). The 24-bit/192kHz upsampling D/A converter transforms just about any digital source to the performance of a high-end CD player. Using a patented process called Hyperstream, the ESS Sabre DAC buffers the incoming digital bitstream and reclocks it from thousands of picoseconds of jitter to less than 3 picoseconds, before passing it through a high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz upsampling processor, which is also capable of 100dB s/n ratio.

Galvanic Isolation: Galvanic Isolation blocks electrical noise from all of the digital inputs on the Nova65SE. Computers and digital streamers are prime sources of electrical noise. Electrical noise, even noise that you can't hear directly, masks fine details and distorts the tone of music. Galvanic isolation eliminates this noise.

24-Bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB Input: The Nova65SE has a 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB (type-B) 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 Nova65SE via I2S configuration. Using the Nova65SE, you can take a pure digital audio signal from iTunes, Windows Media, 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 Nova65SE's USB (type-B) port; no sound card is required.

  • System Requirements: The Nova65SE supports Mac computers with OSX 10.6.5 or newer and Windows PC with XP, 7, or 8. Windows PCs will require an additional USB audio driver for playback of 24-bit/192kHz music files (CD-ROM with Windows USB Audio Driver included).
  • Compatible Music Files: The Nova 125 can decode MP3,WMA, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, and Apple lossless codecs; with resolutions of 16-bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/88kHz, 24-bit/96kHz, 24-bit/176kHz, and 24-bit/192kHz.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Nova65SE 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, cable/satellite box, or Apple TV. The optical digital inputs support up to 24-bit/96kHz, while the coaxial digital input supports up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Analog Input: The Nova65SE if fitted with a single stereo analog RCA input for connecting an external audio source, such as your SACD play, phono-preamp & turntable, network player, or AM/FM tuner.

Audiophile Headphone Amplifier: The Nova65SE has a "Class A, tube" headphone section. The Peachtree Audio Nova65SE utilizes a front-panel, 1/4" headphone input which mutes the speakers when headphones are plugged in.

  • Output Power: 117mW into 32Ω or 182mW into 300Ω  (0.1% THD)
  • Output Impedance: 4.7Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/- 0.1dB)
  • THD+N: 0.006% (300Ω, 0dB, 1V in)

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, and spade-connectors. Use speakers with a nominal impedance between 3-16Ω.

Pre-Out: The stereo RCA preamp-outputs allow you to use an external amplifier with the Nova65SE; they also provide connections for a powered subwoofer.

Remote Control: The Nova65SE comes supplied with an IR remote control which is easy to use. The remote control offers the same functions as the Nova65SE's front-panel controls, plus adds a mute button. The remote is powered by two "AAA" batteries (not supplied). The remote control IR sensor is located in the center of the Nova65SE's front-panel.

USB Charging Port: The rear-panel USB (type-A) charging port provides a 5-volt DC output for mobile devices that charge via USB. This USB port does support audio playback.

12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) enables power on/off control of another component with a 12V trigger input.

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Why did you buy this?

Sufficient power for speakers, usb input, processes ALAC format, nice appearance, good reviews, recommendation from Crutchfield adviser (Hogan.) [ B  Apr 14, 2016 ]
Peachtree well known as a high quality amp. [ Robert  Apr 08, 2016 ]
on sale, great reviews, Bryce's advise Bryce's Bio: [ paul  Jun 19, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

This amp does not have a dedicated sub out connection. What must be done to connect a powered subwoofer to it, is use the Pre-Out jacks on the back and run an RCA cable from those jacks to a subwoofer equipped to handle the RCA input. You should actually only need one line since bass is a mono signal carried in both left and right channels, but go ahead and use both if the subwoofer is so equipped. It is important to note here that the Pre-Out signal is full range frequency, not preprocessed for low frequency bass only and is made primarily to send a signal to another amplifier if you want to run more full range speakers or a biamplified speaker. This amp is excellent when used for its intended purpose which is a high quality stereo amplifier, such that you would connect it to front channel speakers capable of carrying full range without the need for a subwoofer. Unfortunately, most new speakers these days can't produced enough low end so people add a subwoofer, but there are some good new speakers out there that can get the job done and they are not all huge in size. This amp also requires about 20 hours of run time from its first use in order to start getting rich tonality and lower bass output from the main speaker outputs. [ Alex  Jun 09, 2016 ]
The preamp out on the back is the subwoofer output. [ RICK  Jun 07, 2016 ]
Yes, you plug the single lead into the "Pre Out". I used the lower one of the two, on the back, left side of the unit looking at it from the back. Black colored RCA plug in. [ charles  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Wesley, on the back panel there is a set of RCA outputs labeled "Pre Out". These are right next to the "Aux In", and can be used to attach a subwoofer. Enjoy! [ Douglas  Jun 06, 2016 ]
There's a pre-out line. Regular RCA cable. [ Milos  Jun 06, 2016 ]
I actually recently purchased an SVS sub for this amp, and you can indeed connect a sub to it via the pre-out inputs. You have to use a standard red/white RCA cable and from there just control the volume and crossover on the back of the subwoofer. [ Matthew  Jun 06, 2016 ]