I'm wondering if the Nova's amp delivers enough juice to make the Gallo's happy?
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Thank you for the great review. I, too, have been interested in the Peachtree products. I have given up on most "HiFi" and simplified over the last few years. I'm currently listening to a 47 Labs Shigaraki system, that has brought me much joy.
I also noticed that you mentioned the Kingrex T20U and Dared MP5. How do they compare to the Peachtree?
The MP5 is a fun little toy, decent sound, and responds well to tube rolling. The Kingrex is smoking hot, but only 20 watts of power. Both of these have 1 RCA input & 1 USB digital input.
The Nova has way more power, 5 digital inputs (2 optical, 2 coax, 1 USB), and 2 RCA inputs. It has plenty of juice to drive my Gallos.
A Kingrex is a hot ticket, but no coax or optical inputs. It drove my AAD monitors adequately. I would love to try a pair of them and bi-amp. The Gallos of course, cannot be bi-amped in a standard fashion.
I received mine yesterday and listened for a couple of hours. Pretty impressed so far, a good match for my Warfedale Evo 30s. However, I do have an issue with a buzzing in the left channel (audible at 2-3ft from speaker). I will have to see how Signalpath deals with this. I also noticed that it does need to warm up a bit to sound it's best (20-30mins). I am hoping this warm up period will decrease as it breaks in.
Thanks for the review. I'm still waiting on my Nova. I, too, would be interested to know your response (or someone else's) to Restless_times' question. I had a Decco, which I traded in for a Nova. I was happy with the Decco, but my assumption is that the Nova will constitute a significant improvement over its erstwhile little brother.
One month later, after experimentation with a few different cables (Audioquest Type 8 w/silver BFA’s, Analysis Plus Oval 9’s, and some generics), different set ups (as an amp and pre-amp), and one fuse replacement (to a Furutech Select Series TF-5A), and I am still digging the Nova. It definitely needs time to warm up from a cold start, but other than that I have zero complaints.
I have no idea how it compares to a Decco, but I will say that I think the strong suit of the Nova is the DAC/Pre section. I’ve tried it as an integrated amp and as a pre-amp to my Onix SP3 (rolled with new EH tubes) to both my AAD 2001 monitors and my Gallo Ref 3.1. There is just a touch more “you’re right there” quality when using it as a pre to the SP3. Is that the signature of the SP3 amp itself, or a minor short coming of the amp section in the Nova? Or is it a mystical system synergy thing and the Nova amp doesn’t quite sync with my speakers, cables, and karma? Can’t say. But after a dozen different attempts, I do prefer the Nova when configured as a pre-amp.
P.S. For grins I tried a bastard bi-amp set-up, with the Nova speaker outputs connected to the AAD LF inputs, and a pre-out from the Nova to the Onix SP3, then to the AAD HF inputs. Sounded great to me. I could even tweak the HF/LF balance using the volume knob on the SP3. I’m not going to use it this way, but it does lead me to conclude that the Nova (or the Decco for that matter) could be a great front end piece for bi-amp applications. (Did someone say electrostatics?)
I've been looking closely at the Peachtree products for an office system. I was hoping the Decco would do the trick. My local dealer was kind enough to allow me to a/b the Decco and Nova. The results were not even close. The Nova is a major step up in imaging, resolution, and extension/balance in the high frequencies.
Based on comparison, I wouldn't consider the decco. I'm now questioning whether the amp portion in the Nova really compares well to other units such as an Arcam Solo...
Perhaps it is wise to wait a bit longer before making the jump? I hear that Peachtree is making a DAC PRE, and also there is a new Decco coming out in late summer with better sonics, a smaller amp, and a few less features...
Thought I'd throw in my limited impressions of the Nova.
I just bought this unit from the original owner who had properly burned it in before selling it a few months later to me. I bought it as I needed to get a unit with a remote and I needed to put most of my audio equipment into a AV storage unit.
The only good comparison I can make to another unit is what it is replacing .... a Unison Unico 80W with built in phono stage, and I was using a MHDT Paradisea USB DAC.
I have to say the Peachtree (with NAD PP2 phono stage) isn't up to par with the Unison.
The speakers I am using are Opera Mezza monitors, digital source is Macbook playing AIFF files, analog source is Rega P25/DV 20X.
On the digital side its pretty close to the Peachtree, but the Nova is lacking a bit in bass extension and weight, and the Unico has a little bit more something, a fuller sound.
On the phono side of things there is a big dropoff across the board. This I assume is probably mostly due to the Unico phono stage being better than the NAD PP2? Won't know for sure until I try a better phone stage.
To get back to the sound I am looking for I will probably need to get an amp to use with the Peachtree as a PRE/DAC, and a better phono stage. So after that expense, I don't consider the Peachtree a "giant killer". But it is a pleasant enough sounding unit.