Peachtree Audio Nova.125 (Rosewood) Integrated Amplifiers

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integrated amp w.built-in DAC 125 watts RMS/channel into 8 ohms,switchable vacuum tube preamp stage smoothes and warms streaming audio sources,built-in ESS 9023 Sabre upsampling digital-to-analog converter with USB, optical

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2015

Bottom Line:   
******This review applies to the newest Peachtree Nova 125SE Model **************

It is important to start this review by saying I am not one to leave reviews for products. Though I should take this more seriously in order to help others make informed decisions, I have neglected this civic duty. It is because I feel so strongly about this product and Peachtree's customer service that I would feel guilty not too that has turned this new leaf.

About me:
My introduction into HiFi two years ago overwhelmed me and has consumed me, unfortunately turning me into one of those unfortunate souls that always looking for something better. Though this is a dangerous pitfall, there is also something to be said for the excitement of trying to understand what each maker (speaker and amplifier) is trying convey in their products and ultimately find whom best speaks to my ears. So, over two years I have tried many combinations (see below).

My product History:
-Bowers cm8
-Yamaha Rx-A1030 (yeah, I see the weak link too)

-Bowers cm8
-Marantz PM8003

-Wharfeldale 10.2 diamond
-Marantz PM8003/mm7025 power

-Wharfedale Jade 1
-REL T-Zero
-Marantz PM8003/mm7025 power
-Parasound ZDAC

5th, 6th, 7th-
-Paradigm Studio 20 v5, Paradigm Studio 40 v3, Paradigm S1 (for the sake of space)
-REL T-Zero
-Peachtree Nova Pre/ Marantz mm7025 power
-Parasound ZDAC

-Totem Forest
-Peachtree Nova Pre/mm7025
-Parasound ZDAC

-Bowers 805N
-Peachtree Nova Pre/mm7025
-Parasound ZDAC

-Bowers 805N/ Bowers CM8
-Peachtree Nova Pre/McIntosh MC2100/McIntosh MC7100
-Parasound ZDAC

-Bowers CM8
-Peachtree 125SE

Other experiences (though limited) include: KEF LS50 and ROTEL (matched with 805D's)

Progression through the world of HiFi:

Perhaps this has been verbose but I want to emphasize the exhaustive search knowing there there was always something not quite right right the results. And, before you look at my experience with McIntosh's budget amps and say the problem was the preamp, know that the mathematics check out and it was a calculated decision(though there is more too it then this, I know).

The Results:

My wife and I use five different bench mark artists to gauge our gear (Freddie Mercury, Trevor Hall, Norah Jones, Lisa Gerrard, and Thomas Bergersen). Where my wife prefers warmer/relaxed tones, I like it to be a bit more forward. I would say it is a 60/40 split, both not quite neutral. Freddie and Trevor are particularly useful to us for pointing out the sonic signatures of equipment as they are very challenging for systems to recreate well, usually one is sacrificed for the other. And to make an already long story short, I can now finally say I understand what it means to love a piece of equipment so much that I cannot let it go. There is no way (not even mentioning how affordable this unit is for what it offers), anything can sound better without spending an exorbitant amount of money. My wife and I were glued to our chairs and listened to hours of music the night the Peachtree 125SE arrived. My search is over, all of our music sounds amazing, you must try this unit out to believe it. It is forward/present (but wife approved), it is wide, it is crystal clear, and it goes deep. Buy it, you will not regret it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010

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