300 Watts, High-Output Headphone Amp, 2x DSD Playback, Reference DAC, MM Phono Preamp, DyNec iOS Input, and More: Canadian-Built Peachtree nova300 Integrated Amplifier a Sonic Beast
Offering a gargantuan 300 watts-per-channel output (and 450Wpc at four ohms) that comfortably (and seriously) drives practically any speaker, the ultra-quiet Peachtree nova300 represents the flagship integrated amplifier in a supremely enhanced generation of new Peachtree products designed to offer both exceptional sound as well as a full suite of options for modern playback needs. Accordingly, the ultra-compact nova300 accommodates nearly every possible music source – from vinyl LPs to streaming to computer audio and conventional line sources such as CD players – and features a high-output discrete headphone amplifier that effortlessly drives even the most demanding 'phones. Anchored by an ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC and a 300Wpc ICEPower amplifier, nova300 can play 32-bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz (2x DSD) files to meet all your high-resolution audio needs. Peachtree's exclusive DyNec iOS input makes your iPhone and iPad sound as good as a CD player, and it gives you remote control when streaming. No matter how you listen, nova300 offers high-output performance, quick responsiveness, stellar efficiency, robust drive, great connectivity, and engaging musicality. A built-in MM phono preamplifier, asynchronous USB input, and home-theater bypass mode add to its versatility and do-it-all proclivity. In short, the award-winning nova300 is a game-changing component.
"The nova300 is the homecoming king, the captain of the team, and the president of the senior class, rolled up into one item. Power, control, and finesse. This is the nova you want."
– Computer Audiophile, Suggested Hardware review
Peachtree also made important changes in manufacturing to ensure its 2.0 line touts impeccable build quality. Designed by a world-class engineering team, nova300 is made in Canada and comes complete with a real wood cabinet. You'll find no shortcuts or cost-saving measures here. Ansynchronous USB, coax, and optical inputs flank an asynchronous iOS input for direct-digital input from Apple Lightning devices. Want to add an external tube buffer, EQ, or other processor into the signal path? No problem. Nova300's loop feature makes it a cinch. An extensive power supply and expansive internal grounding contribute to a stunningly low noise floor and remarkable dynamic range. And in the near future, an optional internal Wi-Fi module will wirelessly stream audio directly into nova300. All this in a device that measures 4.37 x 14 x 13.25 inches and weighs just 17 pounds? Indeed. We stake our Money-Back Guarantee on it.
“I doubt that there’s a loudspeaker on the planet that this Peachtree won’t drive with sure-footed authority. Peachtree’s own nova150 aside, I also doubt that there’s an integrated amplifier out there with as much functionality for as few dollars. The nova300 is an exceptional beast.”
—John Darko, DigitalAudioReview, Knock Out Award
ICEPower Amplifier With Patented Hybrid Controlled Oscillation Modulator
nova300 incorporates the latest generation of ICEPower amplification. The 300Wpc 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 independently address specific issues related to the power stage and output filter, 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 for a chassis that is even smaller than its nova predecessor and without the large, heavy, expensive heat sinking common in Class A/B amplifiers. The amplifier in nova300 is capable of driving an extremely wide range of speakers with impedances as low as 2.5Ω and as high as 16Ω.
Extremely Low Noise Floor for Remarkable Clarity
An extensive power supply and grounding design ensure the noise floor is pushed as far down as possible to allow the music to fully shine. Peachtree engineers determined the optimal power-supply filtering and grounding scheme to prevent any unwanted noise from finding its way into the signal path. As a result, nova300 achieves a remarkable dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio. Turn up nova300 to full volume without music playing, put your ear to the speaker, and enjoy the lack of noise.
Dedicated DyNec (Dynamic Noise Elimination Circuit) iOS Input for Apple Lightning Devices
nova300 includes a dedicated asynchronous USB connection on the rear panel that provides a direct digital wired connection to Apple Lightning-equipped devices. Simply use the cable that came with your iPhone or iPad and enjoy the music and apps of your mobile device with the nova300's DAC and sound quality. And while streaming music from the Lightning connection on the iPhone or iPad is convenient, it involves noise from the devices – noise that must be eliminated before the iPhone or iPad can be taken seriously as a high-end audio component. Enter Peachtree, which traced noise problems back to power supply fluctuations and successfully addressed these with isolation. But the much more serious offender is the retina display screen on the iPhone and iPad. To solve this issue, Peachtree developed DyNEC, the world's first and only system to address and eliminate audible power supply and screen noise from these devices. It gives you the best, most silent platform so your music files can sound their very best. Once noise is eliminated, a music file can be handed off to the internal ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC, further improving performance with an asynchronous connection and eliminating any timing errors caused by jitter.
Home Theater Bypass (HTB) for Enhanced Multi-Channel Listening
HTB allows for easy integration with a multi-channel preamp/processor or audio/video receiver (AVR) so that the power amplifier in nova300 drives the front left and right speakers for stereo and multi-channel listening. The nova300 amplifier section is more powerful and better sounding than many AVRs. Relieving the AVR from driving the front left and right speakers makes it much easier for the AVR to drive the center and surround speakers. When listening to stereo music, nova300 becomes your control center, and you can enjoy the full benefit of its reference DAC and ultra-low-noise circuitry. If the HTB input isn't needed, it can be configured as a standard analog line-level input.
Loop Feature and Volume Control Bypass for More Flexibility
The nova300 includes an extremely useful loop (output/input) feature that permits you to add an external tube buffer, equalizer, or other processor into the signal path as desired. The LOOP button on the remote control engages and disengages the loop audio path via high-performance relays. Do you want to experiment with room correction? No problem. Wire your room EQ component into nova300 and use the LOOP button on the remote control to easily A-B between correction in/correction out. nova300 also provides a Volume Control Bypass feature on its digital inputs that puts the nova300 into power amp mode. This is particularly useful if you have a connected source with its own volume control. Have a favorite device or app with a volume slider built right into the interface? Simply bypass the nova300 volume control for that input and use the app slider instead.
Connect As You Please: Optical, Coax and USB Inputs
nova300 exemplifies widespread connectivity. It offers a standard suite of digital audio inputs, including asynchronous USB for a computer. In addition, one coaxial S/PDIF input and two optical inputs accommodate signals up to 24-bit/192kHz, assuming the connected device can output those signals. If it can't, no worries. Use your computer instead to output your high-res files to nova300's asynchronous USB input.
Discrete, Low-Impedance Headphone Amplifier for Personal Listening
Headphone fans will love the newly designed discrete low impedance headphone amplifier. It can easily drive any headphone on the market, and drive them well. When you plug headphones in, the speakers and preamp outputs are automatically muted and the volume knob becomes a dedicated headphone volume controller. Unplug the headphones, and the system reverts back to being an integrated amplifier.
Optional Wi-Fi Module Available in the Near Future
The nova 2.0 platform is designed to accommodate an internal Wi-Fi module currently under development. There's even an input button on the front panel for it. This will allow you to stream audio directly into nova300 without the need for connecting any wires. Until then, you can easily connect to the world of streaming audio via a Wi-Fi enabled computer or iDevice, Apple TV (3rd generation), SONOS Connect, or Google's Chromecast Audio (to name just a few).
An Integrated That Makes a Special Speaker Purchase Closer to Reality
nova300 features all of the following: Preamp S/N ratios of 111dB, an amplifier that does close to 600 watts per channel into difficult loads, the ESS 9018 32 bit Reference DAC clocking up to 2x DSD resolution, our exclusive DyNEC iOS input, true analog auxiliary and phono circuit, a dedicated headphone section and unity gain. If you've always dreamed of that special speaker, but the big stack of complicated electronics prohibited the purchase, nova300 has you covered like a warm blanket on a cold winters night.