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post #1951 of 2012
Ty for the reply. I just tried monkey audio and now its playing 24/192 files. Funny thing is I tried foobar again and its playing 24/192 as well, confirmed on the peachtree control panel. Seems like monkey audio installed something in the system folder me thinks.

Coming from a pioneer avr, this thing is just amazing for music. Im using wharfedale 10.7 on them btw. Mids are really upfront with the setup, but never harsh. I was almost dicouraged by them because through a pioneer and a denon, some files just sounded too harsh.

Thanks peachtree for such an awesome prouduct.
post #1952 of 2012
Curious for news on the Nova 220se apparently being debuted at CES, according to Peachtree's Facebook page. Any details?
post #1953 of 2012
I stopped by the Peachtree suite on Wednesday but didn't see the 220. I saw the decco65, nova pre and amp combo, nova 125 and the grand x1, along with their dacs and whatnot.
post #1954 of 2012
DoneDealDR, tell me about that beautiful screen you have there...that's got to be close to 150" or more, right? I had a 133" screen a few years ago and it was groovy. That's a great room and a great little set up you have there!
post #1955 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Summa View Post

DoneDealDR, tell me about that beautiful screen you have there...that's got to be close to 150" or more, right? I had a 133" screen a few years ago and it was groovy. That's a great room and a great little set up you have there!

The screen is a 159" 16:9 Da-Lite HP, we love it!
post #1956 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Done Deal DR View Post

The screen is a 159" 16:9 Da-Lite HP, we love it!

Very nice!
post #1957 of 2012

Peachtree customer service rules.

 

So I get my NovaPre/220 and while I'm waiting for my Salks I play around with it a bit. When I would turn on the 220 (without the trigger) it shut off for no reason. None. It would turn back on, but then off again. This happened a few times, so I wrote the good folks at Peachtree (Jason).

 

Anyway he tells me to try the trigger cable. For some reason I didn't get one, so he sent me one, along with a headphone adapter so I could at least use the headphone amp while I wait fr the speakers. It seemed to do the trick and it sounds awesome. Love it.

 

So then I get another email from Jason stating that they're concerned about my 220 and it's NOT a known problem. Without me asking, or even suggesting, they're sending me another 220. Just in case there's something more wrong with it than I know. He said I could keep the current one till the new one arrives along with a return shipping label. That just blows me away.

 

Between Jim Salk, and Jason at Peachtree, I could not ask for better customer service. These guys really do care.

 

If you're torn between Peachtree and another brand, go with the Peachtree. That kind of service is enough to push you their way. I wish everyone was like this.

 

Again, blown away. 

post #1958 of 2012
I agree with that...I've had great customer service from them, as well.
post #1959 of 2012

I too agree on the customer service front.  I was torn between the Peachtree and some other integrated amps - wound up going with the Nova125 in light of the fact that I'd send an email with a question and get an immediate response every time.  Glad I went that route as the Nova is an fantastic product.

post #1960 of 2012
Hi. Looking for some input from the audiophiles familiar with the peachtree products.

I am looking to add an amplifier to my home theater/music setup. We stream music a lot via pandora/apple TV and also use our system approx 50% of the time for TV/home theater.

Current setup:

Onkyo TX NR 818 receiver (pre for both music and HT currently)
Apple TV
Vienna acoustics mozart grand mains (4 ohms, 30-200 watts)
Vienna acoustics bach grand surrounds (4 ohms, 30 - 300 watts)
SVS sb 13 ultra sub
BIC America Venturi DV62CLR-S center channel (8 ohms, 10-175 watts)
Limited space for equipment so drawn to the class D amps/pres for size/running cool

I was thinking of adding a 5 or 7 channel amplifier to my system to drive the mains/surrounds and possibly a different center channel down the road. (Looked at the wyred4sound mini mc 5 channel for $1900 or the mini mc 7 channel for $2300)

Someone suggested that I consider the Nova pre/220 amp combo ($1700) instead for improved music sound and reducing the load on my receiver.

It seems to me that I would need to get two 220 amps to drive both my 4 ohm speakers and perhaps forgo the pre for a later point in time if I don't want to spend more than $2K now.

Given my setup and usage patterns, do you think I would be better served just getting a 5 or 7 channel class D amp or just a 2 channel amp/pre combo from Nova and which speakers would you drive off the amp given the recommendation you make?

Hoping I can get non-biased input on my options so I make the best choice not being a hard core audiophile person that knows a ton!

Thx.
post #1961 of 2012
Bong, doesn't that BIC center speaker stick out like a sore thumb when you are watching movies or listening to multi-channel audio? That would drive me nuts man!
post #1962 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Summa View Post

Bong, doesn't that BIC center speaker stick out like a sore thumb when you are watching movies or listening to multi-channel audio? That would drive me nuts man!

Yes it does - for an inexpensive speaker, it does all right though. I want to replace it but am just trying to find a decent match that is not too large size wise. Recommendations welcome.

Anyone have some advice on my original question?
post #1963 of 2012
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Originally Posted by bonginator View Post

Recommendations welcome.


I was very easily sold on these...remarkable performance at this price point: www.rslspeakers.com
post #1964 of 2012

can i connect my iphone directly via usb if i use a usb male to female connector such as below?

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Type-Female-Male-Adapter/dp/B000AA2SMS

 

Also, a few sound quality questions:

 

 there a tangible sound quality difference in playing itunes mp3s from my iphone vs through my laptop or a mac mini?

Should usb vs airplay make a difference in sound quality?

Do any of you believe in music players external to itunes making a tangible sound quality improvement for 320 mp3s? amarra for instance?

post #1965 of 2012
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Originally Posted by papashango61 View Post

can i connect my iphone directly via usb if i use a usb male to female connector such as below?
http://www.amazon.com/USB-Type-Female-Male-Adapter/dp/B000AA2SMS

Also, a few sound quality questions:

 there a tangible sound quality difference in playing itunes mp3s from my iphone vs through my laptop or a mac mini?
Should usb vs airplay make a difference in sound quality?
Do any of you believe in music players external to itunes making a tangible sound quality improvement for 320 mp3s? amarra for instance?

No, you need a dock. Something like this bypasses the iPods internal DAC and has a USB output...

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-iD100-Digital-Black/dp/B004KSKYUE

Or you could use something like this and use the iPods internal DAC to send an analog signal to an amplifier...

http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-L3-Line-Cable-iPhone/dp/B003UCESP8

Or you could do what I do when I simply want to connect my iPod to a stereo system...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?ab3=b&utm_expid=58369800-11.R-enhtUGRrSdHz5vzpVS2g.1&c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021804&p_id=665&seq=1&format=2&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D11%26sqi%3D2%26ved%3D0CIMBEBYwCg%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.monoprice.com%252FSearch%253Fkeyword%253D665%26ei%3D76YCU-D7Do3soAT80oDgBQ%26usg%3DAFQjCNGzIfGCGjQK38rP1jEvggNw53xj8A%26sig2%3DiwViXZVQh9wK13CNMSBa2w%26bvm%3Dbv.61535280%2Cd.cGU

As for your other questions...

1. It depends on the quality of the DAC inside each one. I would rank them: mini>iPhone>laptop

2. There shouldn't be any difference as long as your airplay connection is fast enough.

3. I don't believe the player makes any difference.
post #1966 of 2012
nova 220se looks very interesting (any details on dac?) ...only wished that it came with some network streaming ability like the naim uq2 or nad....btw apple tv can not stream flac files am i correct?
post #1967 of 2012
No, the ATV can do ALAC however (Apple's lossless format). Unfortunately, everything is limited to 48 kHz.
post #1968 of 2012
up for pre-order http://www.peachtreeaudio.com/nova220se-amplifier-with-dac.html
the shape looks more boxy frown.gif and no color option




nova220SE Specifications

Inputs: 5
USB: 24/192 Asynchronous
Coaxial: 24/192 capability, dependent upon source
2 Optical: 24/96 capability, dependent upon source
Aux: True analog, not converted to digital domain
Outputs: speakers L and R, pre out
Speakers: High quality dual binding posts
Pre Out: Variable Class A
Output Power:
220 Watts per Channel 8Ω, both channels driven (0.2% THD)
350 Watts per Channel 4Ω, both channels driven (0.2% THD)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio: >100dB
Headphone Amp Output Power: 1170mW 32Ω (.006% THD)
Remote control: Included
Dimensions (inches): 5.2H x 14.8W x 11.5D
(not including volume knob and rear-panel connections)
Weight (pounds): 19.8 (24.3 shipping)
Warranty: 2 year parts and labor
post #1969 of 2012
I am planning to get the iNova refurbished. Anyone got any experience using USB vs Toslink cable? Which would be a better choice to connect to a PC? Thanks.
post #1970 of 2012
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Originally Posted by djrumour View Post

up for pre-order http://www.peachtreeaudio.com/nova220se-amplifier-with-dac.html
the shape looks more boxy frown.gif and no color option




nova220SE Specifications

Inputs: 5
USB: 24/192 Asynchronous
Coaxial: 24/192 capability, dependent upon source
2 Optical: 24/96 capability, dependent upon source
Aux: True analog, not converted to digital domain
Outputs: speakers L and R, pre out
Speakers: High quality dual binding posts
Pre Out: Variable Class A
Output Power:
220 Watts per Channel 8Ω, both channels driven (0.2% THD)
350 Watts per Channel 4Ω, both channels driven (0.2% THD)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio: >100dB
Headphone Amp Output Power: 1170mW 32Ω (.006% THD)
Remote control: Included
Dimensions (inches): 5.2H x 14.8W x 11.5D
(not including volume knob and rear-panel connections)
Weight (pounds): 19.8 (24.3 shipping)
Warranty: 2 year parts and labor


Anyone know how this compares to the Nova Pre and nova 220 separates? What's better and what not? Thanks
post #1971 of 2012
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Originally Posted by wluk View Post

I am planning to get the iNova refurbished. Anyone got any experience using USB vs Toslink cable? Which would be a better choice to connect to a PC? Thanks.

I've messed with that many times, and to date I have yet to hear any discernible difference. YMMV, but if there is any difference between them I don't think it's audible. I use dig coax when possible only because I like that the physical connection feels more stable.
post #1972 of 2012
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Originally Posted by bonginator View Post

Anyone know how this compares to the Nova Pre and nova 220 separates? What's better and what not? Thanks

Have you thought about oppo 105 + nova 220 ? its a good combination i think, oppo has the same reference DAC as the grand.
post #1973 of 2012
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Originally Posted by djrumour View Post

Have you thought about oppo 105 + nova 220 ? its a good combination i think, oppo has the same reference DAC as the grand.

No. More curious about the differences between the new integrated 220se and the combo Nova Pre and nova 220 separates. Anyone know the pluses and minuses between the two?
post #1974 of 2012
Hello...

I happen to have the Novapre/220 setup with a Oppo BDP-105. Previous amp was a Roksan Kandy K2
integrated amp. A noticeable difference in audio quality (in favor of the Novapre/220).

I first tried analog to analog between the Novapre and the Oppo and I am currently using coax between
them. I would have to say that the coax configuration (bypassing the Oppo Sabre DAC) and using the Novapre
Sabre DAC has an edge over the analog connection. Kind of interesting results!

The only thing I'm not sure of is the volume level position on the Novapre. With the coax connection I don't seem
to have a lot of range on the control. A 9 o'clock to 10 position often provides a more then adequate sound level with
some CD's and other media. I don't think it affects the audio quality (Peachtree Tech Support says it shouldn't)
but....any comments on this? My speakers are PSB Imagine T2's ( rated at 88db in testing chamber and more
like 90db in typical home setting). Or so says PSB.

So, I'm overall happy with my configuration just not sure about the volume level issue.
Edited by jdell - 3/4/14 at 9:37am
post #1975 of 2012
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Originally Posted by djrumour View Post

nova 220se looks very interesting (any details on dac?) ...only wished that it came with some network streaming ability like the naim uq2 or nad....btw apple tv can not stream flac files am i correct?
if you're still looking the Roku 3 natively supports flac, which is why I opted for it over ARC.
post #1976 of 2012
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Originally Posted by jdell View Post

Hello...

I happen to have the Novapre/220 setup with a Oppo BDP-105. Previous amp was a Roksan Kandy K2
integrated amp. A noticeable difference in audio quality (in favor of the Novapre/220).

I first tried analog to analog between the Novapre and the Oppo and I am currently using coax between
them. I would have to say that the coax configuration (bypassing the Oppo Sabre DAC) and using the Novapre
Sabre DAC has an edge over the analog connection. Kind of interesting results!

The only thing I'm not sure of is the volume level position on the Novapre. With the coax connection I don't seem
to have a lot of range on the control. A 9 o'clock to 10 position often provides a more then adequate sound level with
some CD's and other media. I don't think it affects the audio quality (Peachtree Tech Support says it shouldn't)
but....any comments on this? My speakers are PSB Imagine T2's ( rated at 88db in testing chamber and more
like 90db in typical home setting). Or so says PSB.

So, I'm overall happy with my configuration just not sure about the volume level issue.

I have a similar setup: Oppo BDP103. 220/Novapre with Salk SongTowers. I'm loving it. I do notice when I connect my laptop via USB, there's a slight edge in SQ and volume, compared to music being streamed, or disc,  from the Oppo/coaxil. Maybe it's Jriver, or maybe it's the connection.....I'm not sure. It's not that it's a huge at all, but noticeable  when you're paying attention. For critical listening, I always use the USB.  

 

I'm very happy with my setup and Jason at Peachtree is always willing to answer question in a timely fashion. 

post #1977 of 2012
Disappointed after all the comments months ago about how many people wanted the HT bypass that they still didn't include it. I know there is a "work-around" but it is a kludge and not something I'm going to do after having spent $1700 to $2000 on an integrated amp.
post #1978 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Charles J P View Post

Disappointed after all the comments months ago about how many people wanted the HT bypass that they still didn't include it. I know there is a "work-around" but it is a kludge and not something I'm going to do after having spent $1700 to $2000 on an integrated amp.

Hopefully Peachtree will read this and that there are some who integrate their 2 channel listening into their HT setup find the bypass useful. I live my Nova 125 and was considering the 220 for my upstairs setup but have to look elsewhere too. I know there are other methods integrating a pre but I prefer the bypass method.
post #1979 of 2012
I bought a 220 amp from Best Buy recently since the deal was too good not to try. I get it home, and out of the box was already smitten by how handsome it was. On top of that, the shallow design was easier to integrate into my media cabinet than have been other amps in the past. I set the amp up in place of my Marantz mono blocks, feeding power to a couple B&W 683s by way of a Pioneer AVR.

Initial impressions were that the top end was WAY sweeter than my Marantz amps, and certainly better than the onboard Pioneer amps. The bottom, while there, seemed to be a bit too laid back, and dare I say even clippy when pushed? There was certainly something strange going on.

But then, I heard it. Vocals really only coming from the left speaker. When I got up close, I conformed that the right speaker was indeed getting power, but it sure did sound a lot quieter than the left. I grabbed the mic for the pioneer room correction and ran a calibration. Sure enough, a 5.5db difference between the right and left channels!? That's huge!

I promptly returned the amp, and am somewhat disappointed that this is my first experience with this company. What I heard in my room could have been good, but wow, 5.5 db. To put it in perspective, my MA-700 mono blocks have different manufacturing dates, cost half as much (maybe about equal when new) and are within 1 db of each other, as two separate units....and THAT may just be due to room anomalies or speaker placement.

I really wanted to like the 220. Should I give (a different one obviously) it another shot?rolleyes.gif
post #1980 of 2012
Very odd....you may want to notify David Solomon at Peachtree Audio...I'm sure he'd want to know about this.

DavidS@peachtreeaudio.com
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