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Peachtree Audio Nova

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC (Cherry)

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The Peachtree Audio Nova serves up audiophile sound for all your music sources, including digital audio files. This unique hybrid integrated amplifier teams up a vacuum tube preamp stage with a state-of-the-art digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and high-current, solid-state power amplifier to deliver rich, satisfying sound. The tube preamp lends smoothness and warmth to your music's high and mid-range frequencies, while solid-state amplification delivers tight, punchy bass. Sophisticated digital-to-analog conversion means better sound for your digital music library.

The Peachtree Audio Nova serves up audiophile sound for all your music sources, including digital audio files. This unique hybrid integrated amplifier teams up a vacuum tube preamp stage with a state-of-the-art digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and high-current, solid-state power amplifier to deliver rich, satisfying sound. The tube preamp lends smoothness and warmth to your music's high and mid-range frequencies, while solid-state amplification delivers tight, punchy bass. Sophisticated digital-to-analog conversion means better sound for your digital music library.

Advanced digital-to-analog conversion
The Nova's advanced ESS 9006 Sabre DAC converts all your digital files into analog music signals with unprecedented detail and clarity. The Sabre's patented jitter reduction circuit re-clocks the digital audio signal to eliminate timing errors in the data transmission that cause distortion. This DAC also features a high-resolution upsampling processor with an impressive 122dB signal-to-noise ratio for exceptionally quiet operation. Peachtree Audio employs 11 separate regulated power supplies for the Nova's DAC, and couples each digital input with a transformer to eliminate any ground or external noise sources. The Nova's fixed line-level outputs allow you to use it as a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter to improve the sound of any digital source, or even add a personal computer to your existing system.

Plenty of inputs for flexible connections
This versatile amp includes one USB, two optical, and two coaxial digital inputs. The USB input lets you play digital audio directly from your computer, and play it back with fidelity that's far superior to what you get from the sound cards found on most PCs. The optical and coaxial inputs make it easy to connect your other digital sources such as a CD player, music server, or a music streamer like the Logitech® Squeezebox™ Duet. The Nova also makes an ideal companion to the Wadia 170iTransport for getting better sound from your iPod. You also get three analog inputs for connecting your other gear, such as a tuner, tape deck, or a turntable with a phono preamp.

More cool extras
Other features include an onboard headphone amp for enjoying private listening at work, or just kicking back to enjoy some late-night tunes at home. Stereo preamp outputs let you add an extra amp or a powered subwoofer. And the Nova's internal storage bay lets you neatly stow a Sonos® wireless music player like the Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (see "more photos" above).

Outstanding sound for the price. The DAC feature works as advertised. I am using with CD's and Pandora and the depth and clarity of the music is a huge improvement over what I had been listening to. I would highly recommend this product.

KC, Chattanooga, TN

What's in the Box:

  • 2-Channel integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • IR wireless remote control
  • Instruction booklet
  • "Useful Tips" sheet

Product Highlights:

  • 80 watts x 2 channels into 6 ohms at less than 1% THD
  • hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state design
  • vacuum tube preamp stage (uses a single dual-triode input tube)
  • high-current class A/B solid state power amp
  • built-in ESS 9006 Sabre 24-bit/96kHz upsampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
  • decodes MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, PCM, and Apple lossless
  • high-capacity toroidal power transformer
  • digital audio inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 2 optical (Toslink), and 2 coaxial (S/PDIF)
  • 3 pair RCA analog audio inputs (3rd analog input doubles as a "Home Theater Bypass" to insert Nova into a multichannel system)
  • 2 pair RCA audio preamp outputs (for connecting a powered subwoofer, outboard power amplifier, or using the Nova as a stand-alone DAC)
  • headphone output (full-size 1/4" jack)
  • digital filter slope switch with fast or slow settings to optimize sound
  • heavy-duty binding-post speaker connectors
  • detachable AC power cord
  • remote control
  • 14-13/16"W x 4-13/16"H x 14-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year on amp, 6 months on tube
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) 80
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth N/A
THD 0.01%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Given
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth ---
Wi-Fi No
Total Analog Inputs 3
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
USB Input 1 Type B
Preamp Outputs 2 Stereo
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 14-13/16
Height (inches) 5-1/16
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
Weight (pounds) 26
Parts Warranty 1 Year/6 Months Tube
Labor Warranty 1 Year/6 Months Tube

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Integrated Amplifier
Audio Connections
Remote Control

Integrated Amplifier

Overview: The Peachtree Audio Nova is an 80-watt x 2-channel integrated amplifier with digital and analog inputs and outputs so you can connect both your digital and analog audio components. The Nova has a USB input for your computer in addition to 2 coax, and 2 optical inputs for other digital sources like Squeezebox, Wadia iTransport, Sonos, Roku Soundbridge, and XM or Sirius tuners. It also has 3 analog inputs for docking stations, CD players, tape decks or phono preamps. 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 6922 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.

High-Quality D/A Converter: The Peachtree Audio Nova features an onboard ESS 9006 Sabre DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter). It is a 24/96 upsampling D/A converter, which transforms just about any digital source to the performance of a high-end CD player. The ESS Sabre DAC's patented jitter reduction circuit re-clocks the digital signal to almost 0 jitter before passing it through a high-resolution 24/96 upsampling processor, which is also capable of 122dB s/n ratio. The Nova 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 Nova 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 Nova features a multi-voltage, switchable, toroidal power transformer. For international use, the Nova allows you to switch its voltage.

Tube Window: The Nova features a tube window which allows you to view the glow of the unit's tube.

Storage Bay With Terminal Window: The Nova features an internal storage bay so you can store a digital audio wireless device, such as the Sonos ZP80, inside the unit. The internal bay is accessed from the rear of the unit by removing two Phillips-head screws. The storage bay also features a terminal window which allows you to seal off your digital audio wireless device but still have access to its terminals. The terminal window can be detached from the storage bay door by removing two Phillips-head screws.

Audio Connections

USB Connection: The Nova 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 Nova via I2S configuration. Using the Nova, 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 Nova's USB type-B port; no sound card is required. The Nova 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 Nova 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.

Three Analog Inputs: The Auxiliary 1, Auxiliary 2, and Auxiliary 3 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 3rd 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 Nova. 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 Nova, 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 Nova, there is a straight line from the source to the Nova to the speaker (no processing, nor running the signal through a forest of circuitry).

Digital Audio Inputs: The Nova is equipped with two optical and two coaxial digital inputs for connecting external digital audio sources such as a CD or DVD player.

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

Line Output: The Nova features a stereo fixed line out so it can be used as a "remote switchable D/A converter" that can be added to any local or whole-house audio system to handle and improve any digital source.

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 dual banana plugs.

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

Remote Control

Remote Control: The Nova comes supplied with an IR remote control which is easy to use. The remote control offers the same functions as the Nova'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 Nova's front-panel.

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