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post #2071 of 2084 Old 01-16-2016, 09:23 PM
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As far as I can tell on my nova125, the tube makes a pretty light.

If you put a gun to my head I couldn't for my life tell you if it's on or off
But what a pretty light
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As far as I can tell on my nova125, the tube makes a pretty light.

If you put a gun to my head I couldn't for my life tell you if it's on or off
Haha I would have to agree with this regarding the tube.

Also as you say above Rahul, I've never had to go past 8 o'clock on the volume knob. The max I've gone to was 9 o'clock and that was for a low volume album.

I'm surprised at the few reviews of Peachtree too. But the few reviews out there are very highly positive (for good reason!).

Fanastic grip and timing on fast music. Allows me to enjoy the music rather than think about the specs of all the gear!

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How do you guys connect to the peachtree? I need a streamer of some sort; I'm thinking Bluesound or the Sonos. What would you recommend? 95% of my music is Spotify Premium. The rest is Amazon Music and Youtube.
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How do you guys connect to the peachtree? I need a streamer of some sort; I'm thinking Bluesound or the Sonos. What would you recommend? 95% of my music is Spotify Premium. The rest is Amazon Music and Youtube.
I Airplay music and vide (like Youtube) from my iPad to my Apple TV 3rd Gen.

If you're not in the Apple world (iPhone, iPad etc) then the Google Chromecast works in the same way and just as well, from an Android phone or tablet.

The old Chromecast and even the Nexus Player have HDMI out. If you have an Oppo 103 or 105, you can have coaxial audio out from the Oppo into the Peachtree.

The new Chromecast Audio is works with just optical audio out - check out the latest post on Peachtree's Facebook page :-)

But I like the Apple TV because it has both HDMI out and optical out. So HDMI goes straight to the TV and optical straight into my 220SE.

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So I have to retract what I said about the tube. After some dedicated time spent with the amp, I can 100% tell if the tube is on or off now. The tube definitely rounds off the higher frequencies, and makes the sound a bit warmer. I actually did not prefer this. I liked the sound without the tube in 90% of the cases. Only in a few songs did I find that the tube actually tightened the bass.
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How do you guys connect to the peachtree? I need a streamer of some sort; I'm thinking Bluesound or the Sonos. What would you recommend? 95% of my music is Spotify Premium. The rest is Amazon Music and Youtube.
I use an AppleTV and stream to it from ipad/iphone. I actually reclaimed an old ipad air I had and it serves dedicated music streaming duty.

I started out using an airport express but the optical audio was choppy when connected to the peachtree, appletv didnt have the problem.

It works pretty well overall, however I do prefer listening to records via my Marantz TT15 S1
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Greetings to everyone ,

I currently live in Serbia and I plan to move in October in Dallas ,TX

My setup consists of KORATO KTA-100 solid state power amp 100 W /8 Ohm 200 W /4 Ohm and KORATO KVP-10 preamp with TUBE stage and Spendor A6R and I plan to buy Peachtree Nova 220se .

Korato and Spendors sounds great but Korato does not work on 110V and it is too heavy to transport over the world . I can sold KORATO for the good amount of money and buy Nova 220se in Hungary ... I will enjoy in this new gear few monts and on the end of the year i will put them in the plane and brought them in USA .

Does anyone have any experience how to work this combination of Spendor and nova 220se ?

My music source will be laptop (Asus Zenbook UX501 ) connected over USB or USB/Spdif .

I prefer Spotify and jazz music ...

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Nova 220SE with Spendor A6r

Greetings to everyone ,

I currently live in Serbia and I plan to move in October in Dallas ,TX

My setup consists of KORATO KTA-100 solid state power amp 100 W /8 Ohm 200 W /4 Ohm and KORATO KVP-10 preamp with TUBE stage and Spendor A6R and I plan to buy Peachtree Nova 220se .

Korato and Spendors sounds great but Korato does not work on 110V and it is too heavy to transport over the world . I can sold KORATO for the good amount of money and buy Nova 220se in Hungary ... I will enjoy in this new gear few monts and on the end of the year i will put them in the plane and brought them in USA .


Does anyone have any experience how to work this combination of Spendor and nova 220se ?

My music source will be laptop (Asus Zenbook UX501 ) connected over USB or USB/Spdif .

I prefer Spotify and jazz music ...

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Auditioning Peachtree's new SonaDAC and SonaAmp

Greetings .........I am new to the forum.

I have been auditioning the new Peachtree Sona Amp/DAC pair, for about a week. Is there anyone else auditioning this new gear that would be willing to share observations/thoughts/questions? I am auditioning the peachtree gear with a new pair of KEF LS150's.

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Greetings .........I am new to the forum.

I have been auditioning the new Peachtree Sona Amp/DAC pair, for about a week. Is there anyone else auditioning this new gear that would be willing to share observations/thoughts/questions? I am auditioning the peachtree gear with a new pair of KEF LS150's.

Thanks...........
Hi mate. The new amps aren't yet available where I am but I'd love to get your thoughts.

Especially since I previously owned the LS50's with a Peachtree 125SE and thought it was a fantastic combo.

Please feel free to share your thoughts! :-)

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Early Feedback on the new Sona gear.

Em84,

Sure……...here are some early thoughts on the amps. Keep in mind that I have these is in a
home office medium size bedroom. I am nowhere near a professional reviewer, so here goes...

Love the form factor. Small enough for desktop use and all controls and I/O's appear to be well designed. The units look great, with a classy, retro styling. Fit and finish are excellent.

There are some interesting features to the DAC. I haven't tried the balanced I/O yet. There is a “filter”
button on the rear of the unit that gives the option of “flat or smooth” digital/analog conversion. There is an audible difference, where the high frequencies are smoother and less clinical on the “smooth” setting. So far, I prefer the smooth setting. There is also a button for playback for music files exceeding 96kHz. Haven't fooled with this yet.

Performance so far, is blowing me away in these areas…….Soundstage!, its huge with good depth, no drift. The detail is considerable, which I prefer. Not too forgiving of lesser quality recordings. You can thank the LS50's for a part of this. Voices sound real, rich and smooth especially in the mid frequencies, both men and woman. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, comes across neither too warm nor clinical. Eva Cassidy, Nightbird Album, Over the Rainbow, is amazing. Her vocal range and styling is presented so well. In a word, the voices are convincing. So follows the rest of the music. Low's are tight with good balance considering the speaker's range. A couple of Patricia Barbers' cuts, show off the considerable low end power and control these units have. The mids are just a bomb! You just have to hear this. At this price point, I am just amazed. Plenty of power for my uses, and I have played these way louder than I normally listen. Interestingly enough, these sound quite good and detailed at low volumes, when my wife is asleep. I was listening to Pink Floyd's, Wish you were here, and then on to Ushers', Good Kisser, then on to a bunch of Tom Waits cuts. All good. These units like to be played loud! In my room, and to my ears, these units sound many times larger, more involving, and more convincing than I had hoped.

That brings me to an area, where I just need to do more listening, perhaps some room sound conditioning will be involved. On some recordings the high frequencies sound just a bit forward, or a hair louder. But this only occurs at certain volumes. Pump it up, and the high's seem to smooth out. That could be my room or perhaps speaker placement. Some of Bob Dylan's cuts and Dee Dee Bridgewater, on her Live At Oshis CD, show this...to be clear, most of my music listening has not shown this trait. Otherwise, well balanced………

More to come, but so far, I am impressed. Feel no need to spend more coin. These units Rock! I haven't tried the headphone or turntable features yet. Unfortunately, I no longer have a reference system, so take all this feedback, with that in mind. You will have to judge for yourself. In a previous life, I spent considerable money on “Class A” stereo gear. These units will not compare, but the gap is not as large as one might think. I'm thinking over 90% of the sound, especially in a smaller environment, for a fraction of the money, and way good enough for my aged ears.

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Em84,

Sure……...here are some early thoughts on the amps. Keep in mind that I have these is in a
home office medium size bedroom. I am nowhere near a professional reviewer, so here goes...

Love the form factor. Small enough for desktop use and all controls and I/O's appear to be well designed. The units look great, with a classy, retro styling. Fit and finish are excellent.

There are some interesting features to the DAC. I haven't tried the balanced I/O yet. There is a “filter”
button on the rear of the unit that gives the option of “flat or smooth” digital/analog conversion. There is an audible difference, where the high frequencies are smoother and less clinical on the “smooth” setting. So far, I prefer the smooth setting. There is also a button for playback for music files exceeding 96kHz. Haven't fooled with this yet.

Performance so far, is blowing me away in these areas…….Soundstage!, its huge with good depth, no drift. The detail is considerable, which I prefer. Not too forgiving of lesser quality recordings. You can thank the LS50's for a part of this. Voices sound real, rich and smooth especially in the mid frequencies, both men and woman. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, comes across neither too warm nor clinical. Eva Cassidy, Nightbird Album, Over the Rainbow, is amazing. Her vocal range and styling is presented so well. In a word, the voices are convincing. So follows the rest of the music. Low's are tight with good balance considering the speaker's range. A couple of Patricia Barbers' cuts, show off the considerable low end power and control these units have. The mids are just a bomb! You just have to hear this. At this price point, I am just amazed. Plenty of power for my uses, and I have played these way louder than I normally listen. Interestingly enough, these sound quite good and detailed at low volumes, when my wife is asleep. I was listening to Pink Floyd's, Wish you were here, and then on to Ushers', Good Kisser, then on to a bunch of Tom Waits cuts. All good. These units like to be played loud! In my room, and to my ears, these units sound many times larger, more involving, and more convincing than I had hoped.

That brings me to an area, where I just need to do more listening, perhaps some room sound conditioning will be involved. On some recordings the high frequencies sound just a bit forward, or a hair louder. But this only occurs at certain volumes. Pump it up, and the high's seem to smooth out. That could be my room or perhaps speaker placement. Some of Bob Dylan's cuts and Dee Dee Bridgewater, on her Live At Oshis CD, show this...to be clear, most of my music listening has not shown this trait. Otherwise, well balanced………

More to come, but so far, I am impressed. Feel no need to spend more coin. These units Rock! I haven't tried the headphone or turntable features yet. Unfortunately, I no longer have a reference system, so take all this feedback, with that in mind. You will have to judge for yourself. In a previous life, I spent considerable money on “Class A” stereo gear. These units will not compare, but the gap is not as large as one might think. I'm thinking over 90% of the sound, especially in a smaller environment, for a fraction of the money, and way good enough for my aged ears.

Cheers!
Hi mate.

Firstly, congrats on writing up possibly the very first review of the Sona range!

Secondly, well done on a great write-up.

Out of interest, what is the turntable feature? From the limited info out there, I thought the Sona DAC only had digital inputs?

Would love to know if you're considering trialling the 220se at any stage, with your LS50's? I have the 220se at the moment and would love to know if there are any significant sonic differences.

Of course, as soon as I'm able to demo the Sona range I will definitely be trying it out myself too! It's not yet available where I am though.

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Hi mate.

Firstly, congrats on writing up possibly the very first review of the Sona range!

Secondly, well done on a great write-up.

Out of interest, what is the turntable feature? From the limited info out there, I thought the Sona DAC only had digital inputs?

Would love to know if you're considering trialling the 220se at any stage, with your LS50's? I have the 220se at the moment and would love to know if there are any significant sonic differences.

Of course, as soon as I'm able to demo the Sona range I will definitely be trying it out myself too! It's not yet available where I am though.

Cheers mate!
Em 84, Hi There.

First off, thanks for the kind words. Secondly, my bad! No analog inputs, you are correct. I had previously auditioned the PS Audio Sprout and its integrated phono input was of interest and still in my memory.

I have not heard the 220se, but I did spend a few days with the Nova 125se, I had ordered the 220se, but the salesman sent me out with the wrong model. The shorter story..............I read about the new Sona series and just went that way, mostly because of the smaller form factor, and what I read about an upgraded DAC chip.........."ESS 9018K2M". My expertise stops here! I am not able to talk intelligently about DAC chips. My encounter with the 125se, was too short for any judgement. If memory serves my right, I would rate the Sona DAC just a hint smoother in the highs.

I'm kind of liking the idea of a seperate amp, as it give me some future upgrade options.

All in all, I am left curious regarding the 220se, and how it would sound with the 150's. I just may try it out.

BTW, the Sona DAC has a motorized volume control, which can be bypassed from the signal path. I'm just trying that out now. The amps are very, very quiet.

I'm not a big county fan, but I've just been listening to the Chris Stapleton, Traveller Album. Check out the cut "Whiskey and You", if you might, and let me know what you think with your 220se.

Cheers, and thanks again for the feedback.

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Em 84, Hi There.

First off, thanks for the kind words. Secondly, my bad! No analog inputs, you are correct. I had previously auditioned the PS Audio Sprout and its integrated phono input was of interest and still in my memory.

I have not heard the 220se, but I did spend a few days with the Nova 125se, I had ordered the 220se, but the salesman sent me out with the wrong model. The shorter story..............I read about the new Sona series and just went that way, mostly because of the smaller form factor, and what I read about an upgraded DAC chip.........."ESS 9018K2M". My expertise stops here! I am not able to talk intelligently about DAC chips. My encounter with the 125se, was too short for any judgement. If memory serves my right, I would rate the Sona DAC just a hint smoother in the highs.

I'm kind of liking the idea of a seperate amp, as it give me some future upgrade options.

All in all, I am left curious regarding the 220se, and how it would sound with the 150's. I just may try it out.

BTW, the Sona DAC has a motorized volume control, which can be bypassed from the signal path. I'm just trying that out now. The amps are very, very quiet.

I'm not a big county fan, but I've just been listening to the Chris Stapleton, Traveller Album. Check out the cut "Whiskey and You", if you might, and let me know what you think with your 220se.

Cheers, and thanks again for the feedback.

J
Hi again mate

"Whiskey and You" sounded fantastic ! Great song.

To be honest, I would recommend you don't get too deep into the DAC chip debate. I've learnt the hard way that the overall implementation and other circuitry is more important than the chip alone.

For example, I owned a Pioneer SC-LX88 receiver which has similar power output to the 125se (and is also Class D in design) but had the ESS Sabre Ultra, which is a more expensive chip than the one found in the 125se. But even in Pure Direct it didn't sound as good to my ears as my 125SE did (with the same LS50 speakers and sources and cables etc etc).

So I've learnt the hard way to use the specs only to narrow down which gear to possibly audition - but to never purchase without hearing.

Having said that, I have no doubt that Peachtree would have improved their DAC implementation to make the new amps perform better with the better ESS chips.

But I think you might be surprised with the 220se, if you are able to try it risk free at home.

I think you will notice the bigger power supply over the 125se and it might perform just as well as the Sona range, but is cheaper and has the analogue input for a turntable.

Having separates does allow upgrading later on though, as you say.

Cheers again! :-)

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