Amplifier Peachtree Audio Nova in the Test

This amplifier has a already built a world class D/A converter, resulting from iPod and co. fine sounds out be tickled.

  1. Amplifier Peachtree audio Nova in the test
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Prized MP3 player a la iPod, Zune, Zen and co. are small miracles of sound, which provide not only traveling for listening pleasure and variety. But can the miracle men play out only rarely their true power in the living room, as often not the right facility is available and often not the willingness does exist, to invest in an adequate indicates. A HiFi instrument such as the Peachtree audio Nova really well to face would stand the music dwarves. Different CD players, which are still in wide range for each quality, only two quasi monopolist to choose are affordable network players: by Logitech is there the Squeezeboxes and Sonos the zone player. An ingenious control concept both offer excellent sound, price-related even — an estimated 99 percent of all owners are never get the idea that what there is to get. For the remaining percentage have Sonos and Logitech digital outputs, which allow an external conversion of the streamed data. So his zone player the audiophile Sonos fan combines an external converter. The high-end Logitech headphones does the same with his trusty Squeezebox. The young company of peach tree audio specializes with their noble converter integrated amplifiers exactly this clientele.

The Sonos dock

Can contact about optical, coax and USB inputs with up to five data suppliers the Nova. However, he has a particular fondness for the Sonos player ZP-80 and ZP-90, where he keeps even a tailored parking free: the California NetWorker chael flush at the rear of the Peachtree, which really everything you need for a superb stereo electronics, is tucked away in the beautiful high-gloss housing of the Nova. To transfer the data from the integrated Sonos to the Peachtree, a 15 cm short RCA cable tail, which unfortunately is not enclosed, but cheap and easily make up enough. Not an any other RCA cable goes. Over the short distance, arguably a wet string would have sufficient transmission characteristics, especially since the converter in the Peachtree with suboptimal shaky and grinded bits copes very well. His legendary immunity to digital clock changes is but just one of the many positive features of the installed in the Peachtree ESS ‘Sabre’ eight-channel DACs. By skillful combination of four its Converter trains, the expensive, such as chip built by McIntosh in the high end players on the currently best interference spacing puts it far and wide.

The plasticizer

The digital filter of the Sabre-chip can be a switch on the back between “slow” and “sharp”. The author, who prefers mostly “slow” with similar options to other DACs, found “sharp” better in this case, but that can vary depending on the source unit and speakers.

Similarly, which proudly through a glass window on the front glowing double triode (Electro Harmonix 6922), the over a “tube” button on the remote control in the game bring can be: in all modes the increased through the glass bulb for more harmonious graduated is not distortion really beneficial. You have the tube at this point understand mild sound tuning, especially data-reduced music from Internet radio, more overtones air and harmonic wealth breathed, while first-class source material the tweeter this could […] also times unnecessarily fray.

Conclusion

Who wants to use the amplifier built into the Nova, try high-impedance, high-efficiency speakers. The external amps and – even better – active speakers is completely trouble-free. The wonderfully clean, clear music combined with the focus 110A clearly belongs under the heading “Perfect plant”. The detailed article with further details and measurement charts refer to the next audio 6/09, which everywhere starting on 8 may in the newsagents.

Peachtree Nova

Manufacturer Peachtree
Price €1300.00
Rating 80.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) 38,0 x 12, 7 x
35.6 cm
Weight 13.5 kg
Features
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Muting
Tone controls / switched off /
Loudness
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Connections
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 3 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 2 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 1 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 1
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 67.0 W / 48.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 79.0 W / 55.0 W
Noise line 89.0 DB (a)
Review
Great facilities, great-sounding converter section, ingenious concept
Picky power amplifier
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 80
Sound XLR
Facilities outstanding
Operation outstanding
Processing Very good
Sound judgment Top-class 80
Price / performance
tested in issue: 6 / 09

 

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