A new generation calling … (DAR)
This newcomer is also for those who care about looks as well as performance. Almost ten years on from the company’s inception, Peachtree Audio’s amplifiers remain peerless on outward appearance. One could be forgiven for buying one on looks alone. Inside though, this model is all wheat and no chaff. A DAR-KO Award is hereby assigned without second thought.
On signal gain, a total of 35db is split 6-29 between the nova150’s active pre-amplifier and power amplifier, the former by-passable via a long, 5-second push on any input selector. That’s useful for those who wish to divert volume attenuation to an upstream box – as I did with the DEQX PreMATE+ when adding a subwoofer to the picture – or when buying into a digital pre with superior-sounding conversion to the nova150’s ESS Sabre32 ESS Reference 9018K2M DAC implementation.
However, as with its predecessors, the functional spirit of this smaller nova (that shares similar dimensions to the early Decco units) is one of inclusion: everything under one roof.
Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Table-Top Bluetooth Speaker
I’m really not sure why I have this fascination with table-top speakers. They really aren’t compatible with audiophile sensibilities. For starters, it’s one speaker; how are you s’posed to get stereo with one speaker? And bluetooth? It’s pretty much CD bit rates at its best these days, but no, I somehow can’t take any table-top speaker seriously as high-end audio. And yet, I remain intrigued…somehow giddy at the thought of getting really good sound from a simple box without wires. And in that regard, the deepblue2 seriously delivers.
Peachtree Audio’s deepblue2 had a bit of a herky-jerky start. Initially launched as the deepblue in 2013, the product was discontinued shortly after the first production run when the contracted OEM supplier closed it’s doors, leaving Peachtree with a wildly successful product launch and no product in hand. Heck, they were even without all the tooling to make the product. A re-launch would mean starting from scratch, but it would also mean the opportunity to incorporate everything they had learned from the first deepblue developement in the new product. Undaunted, the company restarted the product with a July 21, 2014 Indiegogo campaign that raised a whopping $318k of a $64k goal.
Well, the final product is shipping, and not having had the opportunity to review the widely acclaimed original deepblue (I asked too late and it had become unobtainium), Peachtree was high on my list of products to seek out at CES. I had one at my door shortly after the show.