Peachtree Audio nova 300 Integrated Amp with DAC

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    The Integrated Amplifier… Reimagined
    In 2007 Peachtree Audio introduced a new integrated amplifier that immediately and forever changed the amplifier landscape. This amplifier - our original Decco - was groundbreaking for its time. It had a unique industrial design with an aluminum front panel, a simple button and knob user interface and a rounded wood case finished with beautiful veneers. Inside, it housed a class A/B power amplifier, a tube buffer visible through a window in the front panel and, most significantly, a USB input with built-in DAC to accept a direct connection from a Mac or PC! "Computer audio" was born, with Peachtree's Decco and Nova amplifiers on the leading edge, and with computer audio a defining part of Peachtree's identity.

    We now introduce nova 2.0 . . . a completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. Nova 2.0 is the culmination of everything we've learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things we hadn't gotten to - until now!

    Reference DAC
    The nova300 utilizes the highly regarded ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC. The 9018 DAC is capable of accepting an extremely wide range of inputs all the way up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.2MHz DSD (double-DSD). The DAC exhibits exemplary dynamic range, jitter elimination and low noise characteristics to satisfy even the most demanding listeners.

    A New Generation of Power Amplification
    The nova300 incorporates the latest generation of ICEPower amplification - with an impressive 300 watts per channel. The amplifier utilizes ICEpower’s innovative and patented Hybrid Controlled Oscillation Modulator (HCOM) feedback and control techniques to ensure high output, wide bandwidth, low noise, robust stability and a simplified overall design. HCOM incorporates separate feedback loops after the power stage and after the output filter. This lets the system address specific issues related to the power stage and output filter independently, resulting in lower distortion, less noise on the output, a less load-dependent frequency response, and a very low output impedance compared to other class D amps. This new amplifier technology is extremely powerful, dynamic, quiet and most importantly... musical. Relatively small size and superior efficiency allows a nova chassis that is even smaller than its predecessors, without the large, heavy and expensive heat sinking common in class A/B amplifiers. The amplifier in the nova300 is capable of driving an extremely wide range of speakers with impedances as low as 2.5Ω and as high as 16Ω. Combine that with a power output of 300 watts per channel and you can be sure this new nova will easily drive your favorite loudspeaker.


    • ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC
    • 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility
    • New generation ICEPower amplification - 300 watts per channel
    • Extensive internal grounding
    • Designed by a world-class engineering team
    • Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs
    • Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices (pending certification)
    • Phono (MM) input
    • Home Theater Bypass
    • Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path
    • Pre-Out for use as preamp/DAC or with subwoofer
    • High output discrete headphone amplifier
    • Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black
    • Made in North America
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    Speaker Output

    5-way binding posts
    Compatible Speakers 2.5-16 Ohms
    Output Power (8 Ohm) 300
    Output Power (4 Ohm) 450
    Dynamic Range (A-weighted) 105 dB
    Damping Factor (1kHz, 8 Ohm) 1000
    Frequency Response 20 - 20kHz, <0.4dB
    Inter-Modulation Distortion >80dB below fundamental
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.005%
    Channel Separation (1kHz, 8 Ohm) >90dB

    Preamp Output

    Output Voltage (rms) 3.8V
    Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog) 111dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Digital) 105dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >120dB at 1kHz
    Frequency Response (Analog) 8Hz-20kHz, <0.1dB
    Frequency Response (Digital) 8Hz-20kHz, <0.5dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0003%

    Headphone Output

    Output Power (32 Ohm) 1200mW rms, 2770mW peak
    Output Power (300 Ohm) 330mW rms, 700mW peak
    Output Power (600 Ohm) 170mW rms, 350mW peak
    Output Impedance 1 Ohm
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog) 107dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Digital) 106dB
    Dynamic Range (Analog) 107dB
    Dynamic Range (Digital) 100dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >100dB at 1kHz
    Frequency Response (Analog) 8Hz-100kHz, <0.1dB
    Frequency Response (Digital) 8Hz-20kHz, <0.5dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0003%