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A pair of peaches
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Peachtree Audio has created the novaPre preamplifier and matching Peachtree220 power amplifier. Designed to make the most of high-resolution digital audio (HRA) the novaPre combines three products in to one – an upsampling DAC, valve buffer preamp and a “high quality” headphone amp. The novaPre was designed to “enhance any digital source, from MP3 to full 24/192 on your computer to the Apple TV, Sonos, music servers and internet radio”. Both components have metal and wood cabinets, which as well as rosewood and cherry are available in “almost any finish" you require, as part of a bespoke colour matching service. At the heart of the novaPre is an ESS Sabre digital to analogue convertor which can be accessed via a 24/192 ready asynchronous USB input, galvanic isolation is provided to minimize electrical noise. The novaPre also has optical and coax digital inputs and a single analogue input. The valve buffer stage uses a triode 6N1P to “smooth the harsh digital edge found in poor recordings and compressed audio”. The headphone output also runs through the tube stage.
The Peachtree220 power amplifier supplies 220 watts per channel into 8 Ohms and 400 watts per channel into 4 Ohms. It has both balanced and unbalanced inputs and is 90% efficient due to its Class D design. The novaPre and Peachtree220 are shipping now and are distributed in the UK by Anthem AV Solutions. The novaPre is available in a gloss black finish at an MSRP of £799 and in rosewood and cherry for £849. The Peachtree220 is available in a gloss black finish at an MSRP of £1,100 and in rosewood and cherry for £1,150. Bespoke colour finish options on request.