Peachtree Audio nova150 Integrated Amplifier

Peachtree Audio


nova150 - First of a New Generation

Highlights

  • ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC
  • 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility
  • New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel
  • Extensive internal grounding
  • Designed by a world-class engineering team
  • Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs
  • Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices - with exclusive Peachtree DyNEC (Dynamic Noise Elimination Circuit) technology.
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Home Theater Bypass
  • Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processors into the signal path
  • Pre-Out for use as preamp/DAC or with subwoofer
  • Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier
  • Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced
  • Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black
  • Made in North America

Stunning Results

We take great pride in what we have accomplished with the new nova150. It accommodates virtually every type of music source people use today, from spinning vinyl at home to streaming audio from the cloud. We've ushered in an impressive new suite of technological advancements - from the DAC through the power amplifier and at every step in between. This new nova is designed around tried and true audio engineering philosophies to ensure exceptional sound quality and superb measured performance across the board. The new novas - there are more to come! - are truly the most beautiful and exceptional sounding products we have ever made and are every bit deserving of the designation nova 2.0. We hope you choose to make one a part of your musical life. We are confident that if you do, you will love it!

  • Reference DAC

    ESS 9018S

    The nova150 utilizes the highly regarded ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC. The 9018 DAC is capable of accepting an extremely wide range of inputs all the way up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD). The DAC exhibits exemplary dynamic range, jitter elimination and low noise characteristics to satisfy even the most demanding listeners.

    A New Generation of Power Amplification

    The nova150 incorporates the latest generation of ICEPower amplification - with an impressive 150 watts per channel. The amplifier utilizes ICEpower’s innovative and patented Hybrid Controlled Oscillation Modulator (HCOM) feedback and control techniques to ensure high output, wide bandwidth, low noise, robust stability and a simplified overall design. HCOM incorporates separate feedback loops after the power stage and after the output filter. This lets the system address specific issues related to the power stage and output filter independently, resulting in lower distortion, less noise on the output, a less load-dependent frequency response, and a very low output impedance compared to other class D amps. This new amplifier technology is extremely powerful, dynamic, quiet and most importantly... musical. Relatively small size and superior efficiency allows a nova chassis that is even smaller than its predecessors, without the large, heavy and expensive heat sinking common in class A/B amplifiers. The amplifier in the nova150 is capable of driving an extremely wide range of speakers with impedances as low as 2.5Ω and as high as 16Ω. Combine that with a power output of 150 watts per channel and you can be sure this new nova will easily drive your favorite loudspeaker.

    World-Class Preamplifier

    tube buffer

    Where's the TUBE? The tube is GONE?!?

    Yes, it is. Because the new nova preamp is just so good! Previous generation Peachtree preamps had a signal to noise ratio in the range of 95 to 100dB, similar to competing preamps. When our signature tube buffer was engaged to smooth out a rough recording the S/N dropped to 88-90dB, an acceptable compromise for the sonic benefit.

    The new amplifier modules in the current generation of nova are inherently warmer sounding than previously, while still retaining the accuracy digital amps have always provided. Combined with a cleaner analog section and no noise created by an internal tube circuit and we're now able to get even closer to the sound of the original musical performance. The newly-designed preamp section in the nova150 has a S/N ratio of 111dB and is a major contributor in getting us closer to that original sound.

    Quiet as a Mouse

    The nova150 utilizes an extensive power supply and grounding design to ensure the noise floor is pushed as far down as possible to allow the music to shine through. Our engineers spent hours upon hours determining the optimal power supply filtering and grounding scheme to prevent any unwanted noise from finding its way into the signal path. As a result, the nova150 achieves a remarkable dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio. Turn up the nova150 to full volume without music playing, put your ear to the speaker and enjoy the lack of noise!

    iOS Input - Introducing DyNEC (Dynamic Noise Elimination Circuit) for iPhone/iPad

    iPhone

    The nova150 includes a dedicated asynchronous USB connection on the rear panel that provides a direct digital wired connection for Apple Lightning-equipped devices. Simply use the cable that came with your iPhone or iPad and enjoy your music transformed by the ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC and the superior sonic performance of the nova!

    We know that streaming music files from the Lightning connection on the iPhone or iPad is VERY convenient. Peachtree wants to make sure you achieve MAXIMUM performance from these high-tech marvels!

    iPad

    By its very nature, any computer generates "noise". A computer's power supply is one source of this noise. Years ago we attacked this issue of computer-generated noise by isolating the USB inputs of our amplifiers. Having successfully conquered "conventional" computer noise, we want to be sure you enjoy the same noise-free performance from your iPhone and iPad.*

    *Smart phones, notepads and tablets are, of course, small but powerful computers. Power supplies and high-resolution screen refresh rates are possible sources of noise contamination.

    With this goal in mind, Peachtree engineers have developed DyNEC: the world's first and only system to address and eliminate all audible power supply and screen noise. DyNEC assures your music files are streamed to the nova free of any added noise - so your favorite music sounds its very, very best!

    Once all sources of noise are eliminated, music files are "handed off" to our internal ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC - further improving performance via asynchronous connection, and eliminating any timing errors caused by jitter.

    With DyNEC and an asynchronous connection, Peachtree's dedicated iOS input lets you hear your music with all the clarity, dynamics and emotion the artist intended. So can the iPhone and iPad - perhaps the most convenient music playback devices ever - be taken seriously as high-end audio components? Connected to Peachtree's iOS input, our answer is a resounding YES!

    nova150 remote

    And . . . the new metal-faced Peachtree remote controls basic playback functions like FF/RR and pause, so you can just sit back and enjoy!

    DyNEC is a Peachtree exclusive.


    What’s Old is New Again

    We are pleased to say that the nova150 includes a moving magnet (MM) phono input for direct connection of a turntable. Yes, that's right - a bunch of computer audio advocates made a phono preamp! And not just any phono input... a custom designed circuit that accommodates a wide range of MM cartridge outputs. With the nova150 you no longer need an external phono preamp unless you are using a lower output moving coil cartridge. In that case, the internal phono preamp in the nova150 can be bypassed, allowing the phono input to accept line-level signals from a dedicated phono preamp or any other line-level device. Win-win!

    Home Theater Bypass (HTB) is Back!

    This is one of our most requested features and it is included in the nova150! HTB allows for easy integration with a multi-channel preamp/processor or audio/video receiver (AVR) so that the power amplifier in the nova150 drives the front left and right speakers for stereo and multi-channel listening. The nova150 amplifier section is likely more powerful and better sounding than any AVR available today - and relieving the AVR from driving the front left and right speakers makes it MUCH easier for the AVR to drive the center and surround speakers. When listening to stereo music the nova150 becomes your control center, and you can enjoy the full benefit of its reference DAC and ultra-low-noise circuitry. If the HTB input isn't needed it can be configured as a standard analog line-level input.

    Getting LOOP-y

    LOOP

    The nova150 includes an extremely useful LOOP (output/input) feature, allowing you to add an external tube buffer, equalizer or other processor into the signal path as desired. The LOOP button on the remote control engages and disengages the loop audio path utilizing high-performance relays. Do you want to experiment with room correction? No problem. Wire your room EQ component into the nova150 and use the LOOP button on the remote control to easily A-B between correction in/correction out.

    Power Amp Mode

    The nova150 provides a Volume Control Bypass feature on its digital inputs which puts the nova150 into a "power amp" mode. This is particularly useful if you have a connected source with its own volume control. Have a favorite device or app with a volume slider built right into the interface? Simply bypass the nova150 volume control for that input and use the app slider instead. VERY convenient!

    Optical, Coax and USB Inputs

    The nova150 offers a standard suite of digital audio inputs, including asynchronous USB for a computer. In addition, there is one coaxial S/PDIF input and two optical inputs that accommodate signals up to 24-Bit/192kHz, assuming the connected device can output those signals. If it can't, no worries; use your computer instead to output your high-res files to the nova150's asynchronous USB input.

    Discrete Headphone Amp

    Headphone fans will love the newly designed discrete low impedance headphone amplifier in the nova150. It can easily drive any headphones on the market, and drive them well. The signal-to-noise ratio of the circuitry will impress even the most dyed-in-the-wool headphone enthusiast! When you plug headphones in, the speakers and preamp outputs are automatically muted and the volume knob becomes a dedicated headphone volume controller. Unplug the headphones, and the system reverts back to being an integrated amplifier.

    World-Class Engineering

    When we set out to reinvent nova, we called on a team of world-class engineers to design a platform that would achieve our simple but lofty objectives: superior performance, more inputs, greater flexibility, wireless capability, smaller size - all this, plus built in North America within the price range of our previous integrated amplifiers. We came together and created nova 2.0: the best sounding, most accommodating and most reliable integrated amplifier platform we have ever built. The nova150 has arrived and the results speak for themselves.

    Made in North America

    The nova150 is designed and built in North America. The circuit boards are built, the amplifiers assembled and fully tested, then inspected at an ISO 9001:2008, 13485:2003 (Medical Devices) and MFi Certified Facility in Canada. Amplifiers are then shipped to us in North Carolina where the wooden case is installed and the final product inspected again! Building this product in North America was a coordinated team effort and a significant milestone in Peachtree's history. We are extremely proud that the nova150 is designed and built in North America!

  • SPEAKER OUTPUT
    Compatible Speakers 2.5-16Ω
    Output Power (WPC, 8Ω | 4Ω, <1% THD+N, AES17) 150 | 250
    Dynamic Range (A-weighted) 105dB
    Damping Factor (1kHz, 8Ω) >600
    Frequency Response (20 - 20kHz) <+/-0.4dB
    Inter-Modulation Distortion >80dB below fundamental
    Total Harmonic Distortion (AES17, 1kHz, 4Ω) 0.008%
    Channel Separation (1kHz, 8Ω) >90dB
    PREAMP OUTPUT
    Output Voltage (rms) 3.8V
    Output Impedance 100Ω
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 105dB | 105dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >115dB
    Frequency Response (Analog | Digital Source, 8Hz-20kHz) <0.1dB | <0.5dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.003% (2V rms, 1kHz, un-weighted)
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT
    Output Power (32Ω, rms | peak) 750mW | 1600mW
    Output Power (300Ω, rms | peak) 130mW | 275mW
    Output Power (600Ω, rms | peak) 64mW | 135mW
    Output Impedance
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 107dB | 106dB
    Dynamic Range (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 107dB | 100dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >100dB at 1kHz
    Frequency Response (Digital source, 8Hz-20kHz) <0.5dB
    Frequency Response (Analog source, 8Hz-100kHz) <0.1dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.003% (2V rms, 1kHz, un-weighted)
    USB-B Input
    Formats PCM and DSD
    PCM Sampling Rate and DSD Frequency Rate 16-32 Bit, 44.1-384kHz PCM
    2.8224-5.6448MHz DSD
    COAX and OPT Inputs
    Formats 16-24 Bit, 44.1-192kHz PCM
    AUX Inputs
    Maximum Voltage (rms | peak-to-peak) 3.5V | 10V
    Impedance 100kΩ
    PHONO Input
    Maximum Input Voltage (rms) 120mV
    Impedance 47kΩ
    RIAA EQ No rumble filter used
    LOOP Output and Input
    Maximum Voltage (rms | peak-to-peak) 3.5V | 10V
    Impedance (input | output) 100kΩ | 100Ω
    AC Power
    AC Input 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Maximum Power Consumption 400W
    On Mode (Idle) Power Consumption 15W
    Standby Mode Power Consumption <0.5W
    Fuse 100-120VAC: 6.3A/250V IEC time lag high breaking capacity
    220-240VAC: 3.15A/250V IEC time lag enhanced breaking capacity
    Physical
    Height (including feet) 4.37 inches | 111 mm
    Width 14.02 inches | 356 mm
    Depth (including volume knob and speaker binding posts) 13.25 inches | 336.55 mm
    Weight (shipping weight) 15 lbs (19 lbs) | 6.8 kg (8.6 kg)
    1. 3 years

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