The latest addition to the Peachtree family, the Nova is an audiophile-grade hybrid tube integrated amplifier with impressive digital capabilities. Connect your favorite sources, with 3 analog inputs, 4 digital inputs and 1 USB input offering excellent system flexibility. The powerful 75WPC amplifier will drive most speakers with ease and the Nova even includes a headphone amp and a preamp output, so a subwoofer or more powerful amplifier can be added at any time.
It is not often that new milestones in audio are set: The Nova is one of those rare products that fit well into this elite category of firsts.
The Nova is a world class 80wpc integrated amplifier with enough digital and analog inputs and outputs to satisfy all the new digital devices, plus, it can handle a few of the old dogs like turntables (w/external phono preamp), tuners, etc.. It performs much like a high-end integrated amplifier because that’s what it is.
Now all the time, effort, and money you’ve spent ripping CDs and downloading music is rewarded with truly incredible sound. Even compressed MP3 files sound almost indistinguishable from the original CD when played through the Nova or Decco. So if you like to rip or download…go for it. The NOVA will make it sound great.
The pre-amp section employs a 6922 tube with a Class A output stage. This maintains a high level of detail while taming harsh compressed digital music. We couple that with an A/B amplifier in the final stage to achieve a very analog sounding product. The Nova has a USB input for your computer in addition to 2 coax, and 2 optical inputs for other digital sources like Squeezebox, Apple TV, Wadia iTransport, Airport, Sonos, and XM or Sirius tuners. It also has 3 analog inputs for docking stations, CD players, tape decks or phono preamps. If you want to add a subwoofer or outboard amplifier, the Nova features a “Class A” variable preamp-output and a fixed line output. Nova covers all the bases like no other product before it.
Digital to Analog Converter:
Digital to Analog converter: Maybe the most unique Nova feature is the onboard ESS 9006 Sabre DAC. It’s a 24/192 upsampling D/A converter, which transforms just about any digital source to the performance of a high-end CD player. The ESS Sabre DAC’s patented jitter reduction circuit re-clocks the digital signal to almost 0 jitter before passing it through a high-resolution 24/192 upsampling processor that’s also capable of 122dB s/n ratio. This is unheard of in any D/A converter until now and out-specs anything from any other DAC on the market. But the DAC chip is only part of the story because the surrounding electronics are extremely important. It employs 11 regulated power supplies for the DAC and transformer-couple each digital input stage so noise associated with ground problems and switching power supplies is eliminated. The USB connection is very unique. It is galvanically isolated from the computer connection. This is very important because significant noise generated by the computer’s switching power supply travels down the USB ground and manifests itself as a major source of jitter. NOVA eliminates it before the DAC sees it..
Use the Nova as a D/A converter in your current system. If you’re thinking about adding a high-end D/A converter to your current system between $3,500-$10,000, you would serve yourself well to audition the Nova first. The Nova features a fixed line out so it can be used as a “remote switchable D/A converter” that can be added to any local or whole-house audio system to handle and improve any digital source. It’s also a great way to add a personal computer or Mac Mini to your existing system.
Home Theater Bypass:
Home Theater Bypass: The 3rd analog input doubles as a “Home Theater Bypass” so you can have the best of Home Theater and 2-channel in the same system. Simply take the left and right “pre out” from your receiver or processor and connect to the “Home Theater” bypass on the Nova. A selector switch on the back panel converts from Aux to HT bypass. In this application your receiver transparently uses the L&R amplifier section of the Nova, leaving the HT receiver amplifier to push only the center and rear speakers. One, this leaves the receiver responsible only for pushing the center and rear speakers, making the receiver much more efficient and less taxed. And two, when you listen to a 2 channel source plugged directly into the Nova, there’s a straight line from the source to the Nova to the speakers…no processing, no running the signal through a forest of circuitry. This leaves little between the music and your ears. If you’re a 2 channel fan, it’s the only way to do a theater right.
For the Headphone User:
For the headphone user, the Nova has a “Class A, tube” headphone section that rivals some of the best Headphone amps available today. When the headphones are plugged in, the speakers are muted so you can rock on when quiet is a necessity. Headphones have never sounded better than through the Nova.
ST mos-fet amp modules
80w/ch at less than 1% distortion in to 6 ohms
Internally wired like Sigma Servo control (two wires from amp to terminal) for better damping
Hybrid tube design (6922)
6.5V output @ 2.0V input
<30 Ohms at the output stage
Class A output stage
Switching relays in the signal path
Polypropylene caps in the signal path
Headphone Amp (shared with the Pre-Out stage)
Suitable for all electro-dynamic headphones
Frequency response: DC ~ 100 kHz +/- 0.1dB
Voltage gain: 10dB
Maximum output voltage: 7Vrms
output impedance: <30ohms
Maximum output power: 100mW into 8Ohm / 300mW into 150Ohm / 150mW into 300Ohm
Class A output stage
6922 Tube is in circuit
5 digital inputs 1- USB, 2 coax, 2 optical
24/96 upsampling ESS9006 DAC
11 regulated power supplies
Class A output stage
Transformer coupled digital Inputs for ground isolation
Galvanically isolated USB stage.
<1picosecond jitter measured at the Master Clock (Super Clock)
Size 5” H x 14 ¾” W x 14” D (including volume knob and speaker terminals)
Warranty: 1 yr parts and lobor