• Champagne Supernova - Peachtree Audio Nova Review

    The Peachtree Audio Nova is a ton of fun and has a bright future as everyman's high end integrated amplifier, DAC, or preamp. Hence the title of this review, Champagne Supernova. Champagne always involves fun and Supernovae are incredibly luminous. Champagne Supernova is also a reference to the Oasis song of the same name. A seven minute anthem that hit number one on the modern rock charts in the U.S. and has been played at every Oasis concert since it was written. The song has been spinning my NAS hard drives quite a bit lately. Sure the Peachtree integrated amp is called the Nova, but the musicality, enjoyment, and versatility of this piece may warrant the name Supernova.



    PART I

    What's Wrong With Having A Blast?

    In October 2009 at Rocky Mountain Audiofest I spent some time with Signal Path's David Solomon. Signal Path is the manufacturer of Peachtree Audio components and Era loudspeakers. We sat in Signal Path's suite listening to music through the Peachtree Nova / Era loudspeaker system while browsing David's family photos via an AppleTV. We got to talking about how exciting new technology is and how it's creeping into high end audio. We discussed having fun with high end audio and accessing all of our music with the click of a mouse. OK we also had some good laughs about the stuffiness that can be found in high end audio. It's healthy to joke about our industry from time to time and to place one's feet firmly on the ground.

    The term unpretentious doesn't even begin to describe David Solomon. This everyday audiophile attitude is very evident in the Peachtree Audio products. Signal Path has managed to build the Nova with an 80wpc integrated amplifier, Class A <30 ohm variable preamp-output, five transformer coupled digital inputs, user selectable on/off 6922 tube output stage, three analog inputs, a galvanically isolated USB stage, ESS 9006 Sabre DAC, eleven regulated power supplies for the DAC, home theater bypass, and a Class A tube headphone section, all for $1,200 retail. The features alone are enough to peak anyone's interest in the Nova. The build quality of the Nova is really nice. My rosewood review sample is certainly an eye catcher. It appears like a far more expensive component. Within minutes I had the Nova connected to two of my music servers and I was ready to have some fun.


    A Little More Juice

    Signal Path also offers the popular Peachtree Decco ($499 direct, limited time B-stock) and new iDecco with 50 and 40 wpc amplifiers respectively. The new iDecco contains the Apple chip that allows digital audio output from an iPod. It should be available in the next couple weeks for $999. I prefer the 80 watt Nova as it produces a bit more power than its brethren without a sonic sacrifice. I paired the Nova with Verity Audio Fidelio loudspeakers that have a sensitivity rating of 88db. For the most part this pairing worked well. I would have liked more control in the bottom end but I could say that about many amplifier/speaker combinations costing much more than the Nova.

    The simplicity of the Nova's one box chassis obviously does not equate to less functionality or features. The Nova has enough analog and digital inputs for almost any installation. On the digital side I connected my Mac Pro via the Nova's galvanically isolated USB input and one of my tiny Linux servers to the Nova's coaxial S/PDIF input. This galvanic isolation plays a large role improving the USB input's performance. CA Readers who attended the computer audio panel at RMAF in 2009 heard Bel Canto's John Stronczer stress the importance of this galvanic isolation as well. Stopping unwanted electrical current from flowing into the rest of the unit via the USB input can make everyone's life a bit simpler. This isolation can break annoying ground loops allowing many of us to remove those three-to-two prong cheater plugs.

    One really nice feature on the Nova's remote is the ability to turn on/off the 6922 tube output stage. This allows the listener to have an all solid state amp or a hybrid amp for that extra bit of fun and pleasant "musicality." Plus I'll be honest the tube looks really nice when lit up. It has the usual tube orangish glow in addition to a blue light beaming up from underneath the tube. When I first received the Nova I called David Solomon to discuss the features and specifications of the unit. I asked him if the tube actually did anything or just provided a nice light enhancing the overall look. We both had a good laugh as David explained the effect of the tube would be more obvious as I put additional time on the Nova. Sure enough he was right-on. I enjoyed the hell out of the tube output stage when listening to my Analogue Productions jazz reissues. Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins sound very lush when the tube in the Nova is enabled. I preferred the tube off when listening to classical music with delicate instruments intermingled with loud drums. The added clarity of the all solid state configuration was much needed. Again, I enjoyed the Nova equally as much with classical as I did with Jazz. I was willing to sacrifice great sound reproduction in order to have the tube on/off feature and very good sound reproduction. This versatility and this level performance is well worth the price in my book.


    "We strive for a musical presentation rather than questing for that Nth level of "in your face" extension. The quest for music reproduction shouldn't be a contest to attain the highest number, rather one to seek an emotional experience while maintaining the musical intent of the artist. Our goal is for you to enjoy the music, not think about the box. " - Signal Path International


    Technically inclined audiophiles will surely be interested in the Nova's ESS 9006 Sabre DAC chip. Signal Path is using this chip's 24/96 upsampling and jitter reduction capabilities. I've heard from several manufacturers that the new ESS Sabre chips are very special. The specs on the ESS chips are incredibly good. However, it does take a considerable amount of skill to get the ESS Sabre to perform up to its potential. In other words, tossing one of these chips into a component and calling it a day does not a DAC make. Signal Path has taken the Nova about as far as one can and still keep the unit very affordable. Using eleven regulated power supplies for the DAC is certainly something that could have been cut back if Signal Path was looking to cut corners and trim costs. Fortunately SP spent the time to make the Nova inexpensive and a real performer. It's much easier to go all out spending unlimited amounts of money or spending next to nothing than it is to hit a bullseye with the price to performance ratio. Signal Path has done well not only with the Nova but all its products.

    A common mistake people make with the Peachtree Audio Nova is to view it solely as a typical integrated amp. This view may mislead people into thinking there is no upgrade path like many integrated amps. However, the Nova can be used as a DAC or pre amp or headphone as well. If the 80 watt amplifier is no longer enough power for a new set of speakers the Nova can transition into preamp and DAC duty by supplying analog audio to an external amplifier. The same can be said for using a different DAC or using the Nova as a DAC only. The Nova's versatility allows the user to take advantage of all, some, or just one of its features.



    Sonos users seeking to enhance the sound quality of an existing system may wish to take advantage of the Nova's built-in Sonos port. A Sonos ZP 80/90 slides perfectly into the back of the Nova and connects via a single coaxial S/PDIF cable. I was unable to test the functionality of this feature as I don't currently have Sonos ZP 80/90. In the future I'd be interested in comparing the Sonos' built-in volume control v. the Nova's volume control. It's a win-win situation as either volume control can be used depending on each listener's preference. Again, versatile, musical, and enjoyable.


    Wrap Up

    Getting back to the basics of why we are in this wonderful hobby is healthy. I love music. Whenever I can increase my enjoyment of music without maxing out my credit cards I'm thrilled. The Peachtree Nova is a component that can greatly increase one's enjoyment when listening to music at home or in the office. I can't imagine there are many cases of buyer's remorse within Signal Path's customer base. I haven't heard a bad word yet and I'm not about to start badmouthing the Nova. It's a great product with tremendous versatility and musicality that can do wonders for the everyday audiophile or the audiophile tired of listening to his equipment instead of the music. Bringing audio reviews into the new decade I'll finish with my favorite phrase, "Add to cart."


    Link to PART II


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    Manufacturer: Signal Path International
    Price: Peachtree Nova - $1,199
    Availability: Dealers and Distributors or Direct
    Documents: Owner's Manual



    ST mos-fet amp modules
    80w/ch at less than 1% distortion in to 6 ohms
    Internally wired like Sigma Servo control (two wires from amp to terminal) for better damping

    Hybrid tube design (6922)
    6.5V output @ 2.0V input
    <30 Ohms at the output stage
    Class A output stage
    Switching relays in the signal path
    Polypropylene caps in the signal path

    Headphone Amp (shared with the Pre-Out stage)
    Suitable for all electro-dynamic headphones
    Frequency response: DC ~ 100 kHz +/- 0.1dB
    Voltage gain: 10dB
    Maximum output voltage: 7Vrms
    output impedance: <30ohms
    Maximum output power: 100mW into 8Ohm / 300mW into 150Ohm / 150mW into 300Ohm
    Class A output stage
    6922 Tube is in circuit

    5 digital inputs 1- USB, 2 coax, 2 optical
    24/96 upsampling ESS9006 DAC
    11 regulated power supplies
    Organic capacitors
    Class A output stage
    Transformer coupled digital Inputs for ground isolation
    Galvanically isolated USB stage.
    >122db S/N
    <1picosecond jitter measured at the Master Clock (Super Clock)
    Size 5” H x 14 ¾” W x 14” D (including volume knob and speaker terminals)
    Weight 26lbs.
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. bottlerocket's Avatar
      bottlerocket -
      Does the USB input handle 24/96?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      The USB input handles up to 48k
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi fand1 - Thanks for the comments. Your opinion and honesty are certainly valued here at Computer Audiophile.
    1. SVinTO's Avatar
      SVinTO -
      Just wanted to say that David Richardson of Signal Path also stands by their products. I bought a Peachtree Decco that was defective which Signal Path replaced and then repaired under warranty after it developed a problem well over a year later, (past the warranty period.) Throughout the repair process, Signal Path kept me well-informed.<br />
      <br />
      If my Decco is any indication, the Nova must be a real deal.
    1. xenophilic's Avatar
      xenophilic -
      @fand1<br />
      <br />
      Chris is in this for the money--he's not running this site to help folks honestly sort the wheat from the chaff in computer audio. He'll give some neutral technical advice on system setup, but there won't be any real reviews from him. He uses this site for two things, ad. income and to promote his professional consulting services. To drive ad. income he needs to a) keep site visits up and b) not upset the funding source (the manufacturers). Don't misunderstand--he isn't just worried about the people who place ads. on this site, he needs to appease the ones who send him equipment to "review" since the "reviews" attract site hits that boost his ad. revenues. There's also the freebies to consider (airfare to events, complimentary meals, lodging costs, etc.--He seems to travel a lot, and I imagine that those bills are not fully out of pocket).<br />
      <br />
      That's why it's remarkably ironic that this press release concluded with "Bringing audio reviews into the new decade I'll finish with my favorite phrase, "Add to cart.""<br />
      <br />
      There's nothing new about this old formula for writing an audio "review" such as this one.<br />
      <br />
    1. ELMitz's Avatar
      ELMitz -
      You've had some good kit in your listening room lately, so how did it compare?<br />
      <br />
      How did it compare as a standalone DAC to your reference?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone DAC to others you've heard in its price range?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone DAC to the best you've ever heard regardless of price?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone PreAmp to your reference?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone PreAmp to others you've heard in its price range?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone PreAmp to the best you've ever heard regardless of price?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone Headphone Amp to your reference?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone Headphone Amp to others you've heard in its price range?<br />
      How did it compare as a standalone Headphone Amp to the best you've ever heard regardless of price?<br />
      <br />
      How does it compare to other integrated DAC/PRE/AMP combos?<br />
      How did the tube stage change the sound?<br />
      <br />
      C'mon man...
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Wow, you guys are all over me on this one :~) <br />
      <br />
      There are an infinite number of review styles and topics to cover in a review. Some are very technical, some are long, some are more objective, some are short, some are completely subjective, some are more about an experience, some are more of a statement than anything else, etc... The Nova is a $1200 component that almost everyone who has heard it loves. It's been reviewed and talked about numerous times in print and online. I took a different angle on this review than I have in the past. Since I had just removed the dCS components from my system there was quite a sonic difference when the Nova was put into place. It's not on the sonic mountain top and doesn't pretend to be. Thus my review wasn't focussed on comparing the Nova to the equipment I had on hand, dCS, Berkeley Audio Design, etc... I don't like to compare too much equipment from memory in the main part of a review as I find it can be misleading. However, I will comment here that the Nova sounds much better in my opinion than the Aura Note integrated I had here some time ago. More power and control, and much more clarity, resolution, and accuracy in the top end. As part of this review I really wanted to stress the value of the Nova and how much the people at Signal Path get "it." They are on the leading edge when it comes to pushing computer based audio and getting wonderful sound for (far) less than a new BMW costs. The Signal Path team has some of the most liked people in all of high end audio and they've been in the industry for decades with many manufacturers, dealers, and distributors. <br />
      <br />
      More than anything I had a lot of fun with the Nova. I really like what the company is doing and its approach to quality sound for reasonable prices. This review is much more about sharing my like for a component and the ability to really enjoy music more than equipment. <br />
    1. icebreaker's Avatar
      icebreaker -
      really go against the music first approach taken by Peachtree. Especially when paired with Zu Audio Speakers like the Druids. Its not about the constantly fretting and overly serious audiophile that we have all been from time to time. But about the right friends at the right party and the music and the beat. Its about doing. Great Sound. Without breaking the bank.<br />
      <br />
      Chris wrote: "OK we also had some good laughs about the stuffiness that can be found in high end audio. It's healthy to joke about our industry from time to time and to place one's feet firmly on the ground."<br />
      <br />
      I think Chris' light hearted review captured the essence of these products.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      <I>"I think Chris' light hearted review captured the essence of these products."</I><br />
      <br />
      James - Thank you very much for the comment. That's exactly what I was trying to do with this review.
    1. darascal's Avatar
      darascal -
      Chris, thans for the much-anticipated Nova review.<br />
      <br />
      I'm wondering how the Nova & Decco pre-amps differ from each other. I have a Decco which I've paired with a PS Audio Trio A100 Power Amplifier. Since the Nova has a superior dac, I'm thinking I can get up to or beyond the quality of the Nova by adding a higher-quality external dac. This would assume that the SQ from Nova & Decco preamps are basically equal.<br />
      <br />
      I've thought of upgrading to the Nova, but I'm concerned by Decco's resale value is not that great, so purchasing an external dac might be more cost-effective. <br />
      <br />
      (PS, I'm not a big headphone listener, so any differences in the Decco/Nova's headphone stage aren't that relevant for me.)<br />
      <br />
      Thanks!<br />
    1. fand1's Avatar
      fand1 -
      Chris.<br />
      I completely agree about a variety of review styles but a fundamental component is a description of how the product performs.<br />
      <br />
      You review was limited to a description of the features, and your appraisal and experience with the company.<br />
      Now I don't doubt for a minute the guys at Signal Path are really great and the nova is a wonderful product for the price and your review was intended to be light hearted... thats all fine.<br />
      <br />
      But out of 1500 words would a least a couple of extra paragraphs describing your listening experience in more detail be too much to ask?<br />
      <br />
      The fact that there are many reviews of the device online is acually irrelevant, if you produce an article called a "review" then that is what should be, not just praise/descriptions with nothing to back it up.<br />
      <br />
      FWIW your subsequent response helped<br />
      <br />
      Now to put things in perspective, your review of the Weiss Minerva/Dac 2 was one of the main factors which convinced me to go out and audition one......which I subsequently bought.<br />
      <br />
      Your review of the Weiss was spot on and really gave a feel for what the product had to offer both in sound and features.<br />
      <br />
      The Nova review did not.<br />
      <br />
      PS: <br />
      <br />
      "The endless questions really go against the music first approach taken by Peachtree"<br />
      <br />
      What a truly odd thing to say James, it does not even make sense.<br />
      <br />
      Anyway, my questions have nothing to do with audiophile stuffiness, I would expect no less in a review of any product...even an ice cream machine. Its all good to hear about how great the ice cream machine company is, what features the machine has, how it looks, but the bottom line is I want to know how the ice cream tastes.<br />
      <br />
      <br />
    1. flohmann's Avatar
      flohmann -
      First, Chris, I liked the review. I agree with you, not every review needs to be a "this sounded 5% better than that" composition assignment. (Also why I love Steve Mejias' blog at Stereophile.)<br />
      <br />
      Second, can you tell me whether there's room for a Apple Airport Express in that empty space that they have for the Sonos? And whether they've taken any steps to control potential noise from putting a wireless device *inside* the chassis, so close to the signal path (or if they intend the Sonos to be run via Ethernet for best performance)? <br />
      <br />
      Third, I'd love your thoughts on the Nova iDecco, when it's available. Saw it in Vegas at CES and it seemed very promising. Not sure how it's different from the Nova (other than half the output power). Does it use the same DAC section, for example?<br />
      <br />
      Keep up the good work.
    1. johnnyturbo's Avatar
      johnnyturbo -
      Who can argue with "light-hearted"? To me, it feels like a "straw-man" response; though your follow-up was a bit more of a review.<br />
      By dint of your solid work you have generated a high level of CA reader expectation re what we can look forward to when you take on a piece for 'review'. <br />
      For me, your descriptive posting was just plain disappointing, especially in light of your prior posting re writing an depth review of the nova. <br />
      No doubt publishing CA involves running yourself ragged. But I would much rather see you maintain the solid credibility and legitimacy that you have worked so hard to establish, rather than trying to be everything to everybody - manufacturers and readers - and ending up being one more soft, mushy zine, where the reader is just not sure of where you stand and why you are standing there (so to speak). <br />
      So, sure, light-hearted, respectful....and first rate content to the max,<br />
      Reading this email, i can see that i have been heavy-handed. That was not my intent. I guess i was so put-off by your 'review' that i feared it was a harbinger of what's to come.<br />
      and i enjoy CA too much for that to happen.<br />
      best,<br />
    1. SVinTO's Avatar
      SVinTO -
      Wow, I just joined this site but it seems to be a rough ride if users don't get what they expected, given the comments on what I thought wasn't an in-depth review but an impression of a product. Rereading it, I just don't see what everyone's complaining about. Other than what it isn't.<br />
      <br />
      Yikes.<br />
      <br />
      I guess everyone who complained paid for something that I didn't?
    1. ELMitz's Avatar
      ELMitz -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      100% Ditto of johnnyturbo.<br />
      <br />
      I visit the site nearly daily because:<br />
      <br />
      1. You do not pretend to be some pompous pretentious Golden Ear<br />
      2. You are not afraid to tell us specifically what you like and dislike about products<br />
      3. Your reviews are thorough, thoughtful, insightful, comparative and educational.<br />
      4. I especially appreciated how you handled those who poo-pooed your dCS review. Some of us CAN afford the best and want to hear about the high-end. I do not equate Computer Audio with Cheap or Inexpensive. If disc based systems offered similar/better performance that is where I will be. But I also enjoy hi-res downloads, so here I am. FYI Chris, I am waiting to demo the dCS Scarlatti.<br />
      <br />
      This is Computer Audiophile ... I see the Computer tie in the above "review" just not the Audiophile portion. I am very interested in one of these for my office, but I'm still not sure this unit will meet my (high) expectations and unfortunately this "review" gave me no more information to move me towards ownership. I guess I'll just buy one and see, I can always use it on my nightstand for a headphone system...<br />
      <br />
      Keep up the (usually) great work.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi ELMitz - Thanks for supporting CA and taking the time to write thoughtful comments. In fact the Nova works awesome for office systems. Tons of people are using them in this way. More than a few well known people in the music industry have Novas on their desks. The Nova is what it is and fits a niche for the audiophile office system as well as other systems. Most of the top notch audio dealers in the country are selling Novas very well to audiophiles. <br />
      <br />
      I'm jealous your waiting on a Scarlatti. I'm waiting on the new Debussy :~)
    1. XP9433's Avatar
      XP9433 -
      Chris<br />
      Like some of the other regular readers I thought your review of the Nova lacked your usual and expected SQ commentary and comparisons, especially in relation to more closely priced products such as the Benchmark DAC1. <br />
      <br />
      I am particularly interested in the Nova as an office unit and for listening via headphones. The alternative for me is the Benchmark DAC1 USD (or HDR). As you have both these units, I would really appreciate your comments on how the quailty of sound from the headphone output compares.<br />
      <br />
      Any chance of an update please? <br />
      <br />
      Thanks <br />
    1. akai's Avatar
      akai -
      Chris:<br />
      You have outdone yourself this time. You managed to write an article that says absolutely nothing. Kind of unusual. We could have easily read the Nova ad and get the same info. Anyway, I think all of us are going to give you a break this time, please don't do it again .<br />
      <br />
      mP<br />
    1. audiojunky's Avatar
      audiojunky -
      Chris - thanks for your take on the Nova. I'm looking to purchase a DAC around the $1000 mark and am considering both the Nova and the Wavelength Proton. Most of my listening will be via headphones. Would you say that these components are comparable in sound quality (i.e. same league)? Just want to know if I should try and hear both before making a final decision.<br />
      <br />
    1. David Solomon Peachtree Audio's Avatar
      David Solomon Peachtree Audio -
      Hi All, <br />
      Hope you don't mind me chiming in as I feel like you're all talking about my 2nd child. First, I'd like to sincerely thank Chris for a wonderful review on the Nova. We had many discussions while Chris was doing what seemed like hundreds of hours of listening. As you can see at present,we don't even advertise here, although this will change because as I've started reading the many posts on CA, you are my people and I'm so glad to find you! Your comments and desires are important to me as you are the crowd I want most to please. <br />
      I had mostly "not" been reading the site because I'm the only sales and marketing we have in the USA and as you can guess, it's a very big country and not enough time to even get around. <br />
      As a point of interest to some, we started the company because we figured out 4 years ago that this whole computer audio thing was here to stay so we'd better get busy improving the experience before the whole industry figured out the same. We thought we could bring something to the table that was missing, other than another iPod dock. We also wanted to invite the millions that use a music management system on their computer to join us in the world of high end audio. <br />
      So we started the company with as good sounding technology as we knew existed at the time. The original Decco used a simple Scott Nixon 16/44 DAC... Not because it had the highest number, rather when we listened, we heard a musicality we had not experienced from another. I still love that DAC although its specs were not the best. During this time, we were the Musical Fidelity distributors (7yrs) and had sold thousands of really impressive DAC's. We had a chance listened to everything on the market many times over. Some great, some hype but most that were dry and unmusical. Most f them were good DACs for CD transports, but not computers as they ave their own seperate challenges. <br />
      We learned much while at Musical Fidelity and even more designing and producing the original Decco. <br />
      When we learned enough, we did everything we could to make the Nova a much better working and sounding unit. We'll continue in that path because we love this stuff and want great sounding gear in our own home. When we design product, it's for us first and I'm almost as passionate about sound as I am family. We designed the Nova in a way that sounded best to our ears and got us involved in the musical performance. While it does sport good numbers, it was the sound and interaction w computers that won us over.<br />
      Last year at CES, we used the Nova as a DAC for a $300k system and compared all week long to a 30k CD player. Some liked the CD player a little better, some liked the Nova a little better, but we did make the point that this was a really good sounding DAC worthy of being in a system of this caliber, which was the whole purpose of the setup... <br />
      Using the ice cream analogy from above... I like vanilla....Hope you do too, but if not, buy DAC that's more chocolate...or whatever flavor you like. We don't try to hit a number for number sake and never will. We chose the 24/96 Sabre DAC because when the design was done, we liked the way it sounded and how it handled high jitter info from computers, AE, Sonos and the like. By the way, the DAC board is no toy. It has over 450 components around the DAC chip itself. On top of that, we have 11 regulated power supplies and each input is transformer coupled so your switching power supplies and multiple grounds would have little or no affect in the bit stream. <br />
      Bottom line is we made the best unit we could make at the time... and we will get even better as time passes. <br />
      <br />
      <br />
      I appreciate the passion on this site about the review. I have had the Audiophile bug for 30 plus years now and understand and appreciate your comments. We have a passion as well that we hope translates through our product and we appreciate any comment, positive or negative as we learn something from them all. If you Google Peachtree Audio, you'll likely come up w more than you want to know from impartial parties on sound, build quality and our relentless pursuit for great customer service and product satisfaction. Hope you'll be impressed with everything about our company and product. This is our never ending goal.<br />
      <br />
      There were some specific questions throughout the posts that I thought I would answer. Hope it helps. <br />
      <br />
      **Does the USB input handle 24/96? <br />
      <br />
      No, at the time, we didn't want to pay for the Async code as most music on computers at the time (and still today) were not burned or downloaded in a higher bit rate than 16/44...and we wanted to keep the cost down. Personally, I have about 2500 CD's, none of which are anything above 16/44 and I've transferred most of them to a hard drive. According to the RIAA stats, that's what most of you have too. <br />
      When we designed the Nova, you would have been hard pressed to find anything recorded and available in 24/192 outside of a wonderfully recorded Scottish Nose Whistle band in 24/192 and even now, 24/192 is just catching on for people who want to listen to somewhat less eclectic music. We will be doing 24/192 in future products because there will be more and more content available and ESS has some great sounding DAC's that will accommodate. <br />
      <br />
      **I'm wondering how the Nova & Decco pre-amps differ from each other.<br />
      <br />
      The preamp in the Nova has a "class A" 30 ohm output that's far superior to the original Decco. I think it makes a great preamp and the tube buffer really adds to the experience. If you like that kind of flavor... <br />
      <br />
      **Can you tell me whether there's room for a Apple Airport Express in that empty space that they have for the Sonos?<br />
      <br />
      The Airport will fit into the slot, but when you use the optical out, it prevents it from being inserted. So it will be outside of the Nova, but it's so small, it's fairly easy to hide. <br />
      <br />
      **And whether they've taken any steps to control potential noise from putting a wireless device *inside* the chassis, so close to the signal path (or if they intend the Sonos to be run via Ethernet for best performance)?<br />
      <br />
      Quite a few... The DAC is galvanically sealed so nothing from the outside gets in except 1's and 0's. When at CES this year, we had a whole Apple network done wired and wireless w/o a hitch or any interference. (2 Apple TV and 1 Airport Express controlled by our iPhones)<br />
      <br />
      ** I'd love your thoughts on the Nova iDecco, when it's available. Saw it in Vegas at CES and it seemed very promising. Not sure how it's different from the Nova (other than half the output power). Does it use the same DAC section, for example?<br />
      <br />
      The iDecco and Decco 2 are available now. The DAC and preamp in the Decco 2 and iDecco are exactly the same as the Nova. They both have about half the inputs and about 1/2 the power of the Nova. <br />
      <br />
      Lastly for peace of mind, when we sell a unit through our site, we give you 30 days to see if you love it as much as we do... If not, we want it back please! This is our baby, and we only want it in a home where music is loved and our unit cherished. <br />
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      Hope this answers at least some of your questions. Please don't hesitate calling or writing any time if you have a question or comment. I get them all and answer every one personally. dsolomon@signalpathint.com <br />
      Best to you all, <br />
      David Solomon<br />
      Peachtree Audio