I just joined this forum after lurking for a few months and thought I would put in my 2 cents about the Peachtree Nova I recently purchased.
First a little background...
For the last few months I have been looking for an audio soultion for digital music in my home office. During my research I discovered the Nova (and this thread) and was intrigued by the "all in one" solution that the Nova offered. I called Peachtree (Signal Path) and actually spoke to David Solomon (owner) directly. He was very helpful in answering my questions and I could tell that he has a passion for what he does and is very enthusiastic about the Nova. So I took the leap and ordered the Nova directly from the Signal Path website.
It arrived about two weeks ago and I was very impresssed with the finish and build quality, the Nova has a heft that says "I mean business". But it is in a fairly compact package that sat neatly on my desk without taking up too much room. I Likey!
I went ahead and connected the Nova to my PC via USB and to my ADS L300 speakers, started iTunes and had music. At first I was a little disapointed, the sound level was low without much oomph but after about an hour the sound improved. However, I still was not that impressed, something was lacking.
So I played around with the Nova over the next week, trying different speakers to see if it would help. Nope, still not impressed. While the detail, soundstage and imaging improved (substatially) over my regular PC speakers there was something missing that I can only describe as "control". I was left feeling that the Nova was lacking in some regard.
So this past week I took the Nova and hooked it up to my Definitive Technologies ProTower 400's (normally driven via Yamaha RX-V995 AVR, 100 WPC) with a CD player as a source. Same results, the recordings I am very familiar with did not have the punch that I was used to with the Yammy. Then I hooked up the Nova through the 995 as a pre/DAC only, ahhhh... there you go, the recordings came back to life.
All of this experimenting leads me to believe that the Nova comes up short (for me anyway) in the amp/power dept. Overall I think that the Nova is a great idea and certaintly has it's merits, but for me it falls short in the sound quality dept. Don't get me wrong, the sound quality was not [i]bad[i], it just isn't for me and sound quality is after all what music enjoyment is all about. I am disapointed, I really wanted the Nova to be my solution. As it is, I will most likely be calling Signal Path on Monday to return the Nova and continue my search for a PC based digital music solution.