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Item Condition: Very good used condition
Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is available at agreed cost.
Suburb or Town: Canberra
State: Australian Capital Territory
Payment Method: Paypal, EFT, or Cash on Pickup
Reason for selling: NLR

Further information:  This Peachtree Nova is in very good used condition with no visible marks or scratches, and is a very versatile piece of kit : a valve and solid-state preamplifier, a headphone amplifier, 80 watts of power amplification at less than 1% distortion into 6 ohms (from the manual) and a high-quality DAC, all in a single, art deco-style enclosure with a swish wooden surround in a Cherry finish. It comes with the remote control (which I purchased new in February this year as the original had a rubberised coating that got a bit too sticky), power cord, manual and original double boxes. I'm a bit of a fan of the Peachtree Audio design philosophy and also have a Peachtree Nova 220SE which I'll continue to use for now!

 

Remove a panel on the rear of the enclosure and you have an aperture into which you can slot a Sonos ZonePlayer maybe (though I've never tried).

 

One of the Nova's most unusual features is a switch on its remote control, labeled 'TUBE'. When you use the Nova as an integrated amplifier, preamp, or as a headphone amplifier, you can use this switch to choose between a solid-state or a Class A valve-based input stage.

 

If you select the latter, a blue LED illuminates the valve-viewing window in the front panel of the Nova. The valve in question is a Russian-made 6922 triode.

 

The Nova's preamp section has both variable and fixed-level outputs (with the fixed outputs being driven only by solid-state circuitry), making it easy to use the Nova to drive an outboard power amplifier or subwoofer, if you so desire.

 

There is also an AV bypass facility, whereby the Nova can be connected to an AV processor and simply used to drive the front, left and right channels for improved sound quality.

 

You can also use the Nova as a standalone headphone amplifier. When you plug your headphones into the relevant socket, the speakers are effectively automatically muted when the Class A/B power amplifier stage disengages.

 

The Nova can also be used as a 24-bit/96kHz standalone DAC. The D/A stage employs an ESS 9006 Sabre chip with a patented jitter-reduction circuit and a 24/96 upsampling processor.

 

The DAC is powered by 11 regulated supplies and each digital input uses transformer coupling to avoid being overly affected by noise from imperfect earthing arrangements and switched-mode power supplies.

 

The USB input, which only operates at 16/44.1 and 16/48, is galvanically isolated to eliminate computer power supply noise that frequently travels along the USB ground plane and provokes jitter. The DAC offers two filter slopes, 'Slow' and 'Sharp', that can be selected by a rear panel switch. Peachtree says that 'Sharp' gives better laboratory results, but many audiophiles may prefer the 'Slow' setting. The switch is designed primarily to take the harsh edge off heavily compressed digital signals. That it is relegated to the rear panel suggests an element of 'set it and forget it' rather than it being designed for constant use.

 
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