Just to add a little bit to my o.p. we are looking at peachtree nova 125's now and running it through sonos. What are your guys oppinions on the nova 125?
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So just to update the thread, my brother ended up getting (based on my recommendations) a Peachtree Nova Pre and a Peachtree 220 amp. He bought both pieces for $1800, which included shipping, from a gentleman named Burt at Seattle Hi Fi. I must say that Burt was extremely helpful and gave us a great deal. Thanks Burt!
Lol, I'm doing alot of talking to myself on this thread; hopefully someone else will get something out of it later.
So I bought an apple tv to give it a try and see how it sounded in my set-up. In my application, it did not work. It was pretty jittery at certain times and it sounded pretty rough. I was running it through a parasound z dac. On the contrary though, my same i phone running on the same wireless signal running through the same parasound z dac, docked to a wadia sounds pretty dang good. I could see how some people might like the apple tv for certain applications, I'm just not one of them!
My guess is that the Wadia is the better of the two, especially if you are getting the true digital signal from lossless files. Spotify Premium streams at 320 Kbps so there is some compromise on the quality. I've not had issues with the AppleTV2 but have noticed that it takes a few seconds upon power up to sound right. Also, volume control in the iPad or iPhone is not disabled, so be sure to turn them all the way up, controlling volume with your preamp only. Best of luck!