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post #91 of 2012
Hi Guys,
Looks like the Nova is slowly being shipped in over the next two weeks. We should be shipping dealer demos and through our back orders w/in a month.
I did get to Stereo Exchange and had a great time showing the nova to the staff and a few of their customers.
Also visited Park, Lyric, Sound by Singer and 5-6 dealers in Long Island like our buddies James and Roy at Audio Den.
All in all a great trip.
We have much on the drawing board but smaller isn't one of them right now other than powered speakers w/an in-line dac. Hopefully this fall...
Best wishes,
David
post #92 of 2012
That is great news.

On a bit of a side note, what is the difference between the DS4.5's and the Design 4's?
post #93 of 2012
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Originally Posted by trimobile View Post

That is great news.

On a bit of a side note, what is the difference between the DS4.5's and the Design 4's?

We tuned the DS4.5 very close to the D4 (same woofer, same tuning), however, we're using the D3 tweeter as we wanted to make it a bit shorter. The cabinet is 1/2" MDF instead a full 1" so they're not quite as heavy. Having said this, I'm really proud of the way they sound.
Best wishes,

David
post #94 of 2012
Unit looks nice. Good interview David.

I'm waiting for the first black unit I can get my hands on and plan on pairing them with SF Toy's....

http://www.listenup.com/library/list...htree/nova.php
post #95 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Era Design View Post

We tuned the DS4.5 very close to the D4 (same woofer, same tuning), however, we're using the D3 tweeter as we wanted to make it a bit shorter. The cabinet is 1/2" MDF instead a full 1" so they're not quite as heavy. Having said this, I'm really proud of the way they sound.
Best wishes,

David

Excellent, thank you David!
post #96 of 2012
I just orderd my Nova today. I hope it ships soon as I am very excited to hear how it is sounds.
post #97 of 2012
Dave.....wondered if the proposed preamp dac might have the higher grade Sabre reference series board along with a higher component input buffer and output caps. Also, not sure what tube is being used, 6922 ? Also, is there consideration of a digitally controlled volume control for cleaner attenuation.
post #98 of 2012
Hey David,

Will the pre/dac that's coming out in the 3rd quarter have a head phone output? Also and perhaps most importantly, can i stack the nova vertically (space logistics) thanks for your answers.
post #99 of 2012
oh one more thing, on the up coming pre/dac only version, can it have a more premium type of rca input/output connection? the ones on the Nova dont look like they're audiophile quality. hopefully the pre/dac's will have some sturdier solid looking jacks that's perhaps gold, silver plated.

just thought I'll throw that in since it's still in the works.
post #100 of 2012
Hi David,

Thanks for your reply and my apologies for my delayed response. I thought I'd subscribed to get any responses on this thread but apparently had not.

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Hi Bob, Thanks for the post as I'm sure a lot of people wonder why we don't have even a simple Bass and Treble control. The simple answer is that it costs more and takes your signal through two more pods or through a splitter for bypass. I guess that's the bad news for some. And good news for others.

As for eq's, I've seen hundreds set up over the past 30-35 years and very few were set up right. However, some speakers need EQ just to get to a flat response or flat response in the room they're in. But most people tend to EQ songs.

So onto the potentially good news and maybe a bit of advice. Most music management systems have their own internal eq that can be assigned to different songs. i.e. Where one song may require a little bass boost, but if you use this same boost on Bela Fleck "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo", you're likely to blow your wooofers... At best, if you EQ everything and you're dealing w/a good recording, you're just adding distortion.

So when you say you want "everything" coming out of the computer eq'ed, I can almost promise you don't.

For sure EQ/tone-controls aren't easy to do correctly!

I think I wasn't quite clear in my original post about wanting to EQ everything. What I mean is not that I'd do a "set once and forget it" for my system, but rather that I'd like to have the ability to separately EQ every piece of music as I choose. Normally I'd have the EQ turned off altogether but I have many recordings that need help - and of course the EQ they'd get would vary recording to recording. I'd be happy to use EQ built into the player software (iTunes, etc.) but everything I've come to know about them is that they do EQ very badly (I'd love to have info to the contrary if you've got it). Also, I'd be using the system for video playback (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.) and most video player software doesn't include EQ; some does but again, it's usually very poorly implemented and so destroys the sound. There are highend computer-based EQ solutions but to my knowledge none of these allow EQ of "all sources from the computer"; rather they are tied to specific apps - usually pro-audio recording apps.

Lastly, I still listen to a lot of analog records and many of those need help too. This is a bit tougher and would require either an analog control or ADC/DACs to modify tonal balance, but if the tone control or EQ was built into the Peachtree unit then all sources could benefit from high quality processing. In that light, I'd much prefer a very simply done but well done tone control to a fancy EQ that damaged the sound more.

Having listened to music and been an audiophile for many years - I keep being faced (regardless of system) to choose between good sound and good performances. Sometimes they align, but often they do not - with tonal balance being a common culprit. I (and most audio fans I know) want the capability to modify tonal balance as needed with the option to disable all tone controls. I'm aware that it's not easy to do - but I feel it is important and will help further distinguish your great products!

Thanks again for your thoughts and great work!

-Bob
post #101 of 2012
crutchfield shipped out my nova yesterday...should be here by thursday, cant wait!

Can the nova handle a 4ohm load? I was wondering if a pair of polk lsi9 would be too much of a load for the nova?
post #102 of 2012
Hi Everyone,
The Nova is shipping and we're catching up w/back orders w/in a couple of weeks.

On another note, I'll be in NY at Stereo Exchange on April 29th to do a full blown seminar. Would love to meet you if you're in the area.

http://www.stereoexchange.com/

On May 5, 6, 7th I'll be doing a Music Matter event in Colorado for Listen Up.
Co Spgs, Denver, Boulder in that order...
http://www.listenup.com

Hope to see you there!
David Solomon
post #103 of 2012
Hey David,

How about Definitive Audio here in Seattle?
post #104 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Nilonym View Post

Hey David,

How about Definitive Audio here in Seattle?

+1

You East Coast guys gotta get around to seeing the other coast besides California.
post #105 of 2012
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Hey David,

How about Definitive Audio here in Seattle?

We did a Music Matters at Definitive a couple of months ago.
We were featured w/ Magnapan and it was the debut of the Nova.

Had a blast as always. Those guys really know how to throw it down.
We had about 400 people attend.
I've just put up a section on our site that will tell where the next seminars will be.
Not sure of the exact date, but we'll be doing one for World Wide in Philadelphia in about a month.


David
post #106 of 2012
Hi David, great to hear that the Nova is starting to ship.

I note that you don't ship internationally from your website. Can you provide any info on what UK dealers might be receiving stock of the Nova, or of any other retailers in Europe? I'm sure I'm not the only one in London who's interested in having a listen!

Cheers,
Mike
post #107 of 2012
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Originally Posted by mikee_eekim View Post

Hi David, great to hear that the Nova is starting to ship.

I note that you don't ship internationally from your website. Can you provide any info on what UK dealers might be receiving stock of the Nova, or of any other retailers in Europe? I'm sure I'm not the only one in London who's interested in having a listen!

Cheers,
Mike

Hi Mike,
We're just now starting to ship to a couple of distributors in Europe. We hope to have the union covered w/in 6 months to a year.
Here are the French and German dist contact info. We'll be talking to UK guys until we find the right one...

France
Audio Quartet

tél: +33 1 34 21 34 21
Email: ch.ungerer@audioquartet.com

http://www.audioquartet.fr/revendeurs.php


Germany:

Audiophile Produkte GmbH,

Website: www.robertross.de

e-mail: r.ross@robertross.de
post #108 of 2012
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Originally Posted by mikee_eekim View Post

I note that you don't ship internationally from your website. Can you provide any info on what UK dealers might be receiving stock of the Nova, or of any other retailers in Europe? I'm sure I'm not the only one in London who's interested in having a listen!

Cheers,
Mike

I am new to the high quality audio world and have been looking for a great 2 channel amp which fits my needs. Specifically they are at least 2x optical in for laptop and Airport Express, I won't be using CDs, running home cinema through it as two channel only, compact and preferably a one box solution, stylish, and finally something that will last and not lose its value if I chose to upgrade (this is my first amp). I plan to buy the system and almost grow into it, so potentially starting with relatively inexpensive speakers and upgrading as funds become available.

he Peachtree Nova seems to fit the bill and I too am equally looking forward to getting my hands on one in the UK, London! David, please keep us updated.

I have been looking at the Bowers and Wilkins 685s. Would these go well with this system? This will primarily be used in a medium/small sized lounge (London flat). Any other speakers for that price point, sub £400 ($600ish)?

Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks.
post #109 of 2012
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Originally Posted by paintsimonk View Post

he Peachtree Nova seems to fit the bill and I too am equally looking forward to getting my hands on one in the UK, London! David, please keep us updated.

I have been looking at the Bowers and Wilkins 685s. Would these go well with this system? This will primarily be used in a medium/small sized lounge (London flat). Any other speakers for that price point, sub £400 ($600ish)?

Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks.

The 685's pack quite the punch for the money and be a good match w/the Nova. Where they are a bit aggressive, we are a bit laid back, so this should work quite well from a musicality standpoint.

Hope this helps,
David
post #110 of 2012
Dear David,

What is your opinion on driving Magnepan's MMG W (88dB, 5 ohm) or MC1 (88dB, 4ohm) with Decco or Nova? Can fit as a combination?

Thanks,
Zois
post #111 of 2012
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Originally Posted by zpapacha View Post

Dear David,

What is your opinion on driving Magnepan's MMG W (88dB, 5 ohm) or MC1 (88dB, 4ohm) with Decco or Nova? Can fit as a combination?

Thanks,
Zois

Hi Zois,
As of this morning, I would have said "I just don't know but kinda doubt it". However, one of my dealers (Audio Visions South) in Tampa is doing a seminar today and they tell me the Nova is doing a good job pushing the 3.6's... and that they sound great.

Now, if it were me, I would have probably used the Nova as a pre-amp/DAC in a Maggie system w/ a 150-200 watt, high-current amp. Having said this, the Nova does push our D5's well (6 ohms 85dB spl) w/ the on-board amp.

Using the outboard amp would have mirrored a system we used at Definitive Audio in Seattle a couple of months ago where I was paired w/ Magnapan. We used a 150 amp to drive them to fairly loud levels w/ no strain on the system. In fact, it was effortless. The Definitive staff, audience and Wendell from Magnapan were all impressed by the system in this set up.

Based on the report from AV South today, you can bet the Maggies will be top on my list to audition w/ the Nova. Will let you know as soon as I hear it for myself.

Hope this helps,
David
post #112 of 2012
So does anyone have one yet? Any initial impressions? I had high hopes for the Nova but after months of smoke being blown by various dealers I couldn't wait any longer.

I hope everyone enjoys the Nova and I'm eager to read peoples impressions.
post #113 of 2012
Mine is on the way, I will let you know when I have a chance to listen.
post #114 of 2012
Hi Guys, Just a reminder that we'll be doing a seminar at Stereo Exchange in NY on Wed eve where we'll put the Nova through its paces.
David
post #115 of 2012
David,
Thanks for all your input here. Can you confirm that the Nova is stable with a 4 ohm nominal load? I saw the note about the set-up @ Audio Visions, I am considering the Maggie 1.6's and want to make sure there are no issues- I have been scouring the various sites, etc, but have not seen a detailed spec sheet/discussion of this.

thanks!
Pat
post #116 of 2012
On another forum, someone with a Nova said that it does not sound its best until it has been playing for about an hour. Is this expected? Is this a characteristic of the tube needing to warm up? If so, does this mean that you always have to contend with a one hour warmup? I have not seen similar statements about the Decco.
post #117 of 2012
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Originally Posted by SWDeveloperDave View Post

On another forum, someone with a Nova said that it does not sound its best until it has been playing for about an hour. Is this expected? Is this a characteristic of the tube needing to warm up? If so, does this mean that you always have to contend with a one hour warmup? I have not seen similar statements about the Decco.

I just picked up the Nova tonight. It is a fabulous unit. I giggle every time I think about how much I paid for this much performance. It is s true steal.


Anyway, the unit sounds very constrained until it warms up for a couple hours.
post #118 of 2012
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Originally Posted by Jay_Dog View Post

I just picked up the Nova tonight. It is a fabulous unit. I giggle every time I think about how much I paid for this much performance. It is s true steal.


Anyway, the unit sounds very constrained until it warms up for a couple hours.

Hi, are you saying that the Nova sounds constrained for the first couple of hours of the initial burn-in only, or are you saying that it sounds constrained for the first couple of hours after each time you turn it on? Thanks.
post #119 of 2012
I left the unit on standby overnight. It sounded good when I fired it up. Warmed up a little but not the dramatic difference. They recommend you leave it on standby and i think there is probably a good reason.

I have always been a huge tube nut but I have to say that I am enjoying the speed and bass. I have had some really good tube amps. I nevere realized now much I was missing in the lower octaves. The bass extension on this amp is fantastic. I am using the amp with Spendor SP 1/2's. It is scary how much this reminds me of ARC stuff costing 5 times as much.

Thanks to Roy at the Audio Den in Lake Grove NY. He is the man.
post #120 of 2012
I'd rather not leave a unit in standby mode, soaking up power, draining my wallet, so that it will sound good for the hour or two of listening I may have. The question still seems open... Does this initial hour of warmup need to happen when you first get the device, or every time you turn it on, ad infinitum... ? Was this a characteristic of the Decco too? Is the warmup just a characteristic of the tube needing to get hot?
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