Peachtree 2.0

Peachtree 2.0 (from left): David Solomon, VP Sales and Marketing, Jim Spainhour, Vice President of Product Development, Andrew Clark, President

In a press event held at Stereo Exchange in NYC, Peachtree Audio introduced us to Peachtree 2.0. I think it's fair to say that Peachtree Audio has been rather quietly going about its business as of late. They've moved much of their production back to North America from China, they've implemented multi-tiered quality control in every phase of production, and continued to develop what we've come to expect from the company; solidly engineered and built audio products with an eye toward incorporating new technology at very competitive prices. Peachtree 2.0 marks, in my words, the end of the "rather quietly" bit.

A big aspect of that more vocal voice is the return of David Solomon, Peachtree's co-founder, in the role of VP Sales and Marketing. David spent some time at Tidal heading up their American sales in between Peachtree stints. The company has also enlisted the expertise of a number of hardware, software, and mechanical engineers, who shall remain nameless on request. There will be a renewed focus on the traditional retailer approach allowing customers to get up close and personal with Peachtree products prior to purchase.

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On display and in use at the Stereo Exchange-hosted event was the new Nova 150 integrated amplifier/DAC ($1499). The Nova 150 puts out 150W of ICEpower into 8 Ohms, doubles down into 4, and houses the ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC which can handle PCM resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128. Inputs include Asynchronous USB, Coax and 2x Optical inputs as well as a Phono (MM) input, and a Home Theater Bypass for you videophiles. A discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier fills out the feature package.

The Nova line also includes the nova300 ($2199-2299 coming in the summer), which puts out 300W into 8 Ohms, and the nova500 ($3199-3299 available in the fall), the 500W beast that ups the DAC ante to the new ESS 9038PRO Sabre 8-channel DAC.

Coming soon off the drawing board and into production are a number of features of interest including WiFi capabilities (UPnP/DLNA) and an iOS and Android app that supports multi-room control.

I also got to hang out with a bunch of friends including Stereophile's John Atkinson, Kal Rubinson, Art Dudley, and Herb Reichert, CNET's Steve Guttenberg, and Computer Audiophile's Chris Connaker. Fun was had by all.

Fetuso's picture

My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

I own the nova125se and I'm quite happy with it. I bought it less than a year ago when the price dropped to $999. I'm eager to read upcoming reviews of the 150. I can already feel an acute case of upgrade-itis coming on (ah-chew!). Excuse me.

whell's picture

"They've moved much of their production back to North America..."

I'm thankful for electronics manufacturers that want to make products locally, thus making employees out of folks who might then be able to buy those products. Good for you guys, Peachtree!