Peach tree Nova 150 reviews?

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by parksung, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. parksung

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    has anyone received theirs and can describe performance and sound characteristics? Love the all in one, though my hifi guy is trying to sell me the Naim 5...which I'd still need to buy a phone stage, headphone stage, etc.

    I have a Rega RP1 and B&W 602 S3 speakers plus an 90's mission CD player.
     

     

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  2. BroonsBane

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    I've been demoing a 150 for the past few weeks while I wait for the Nova300's to ship. Should be any day now hopefully.
    These are great amps. Be prepared for a long break in period. Put at least 100 hours on it before you make any critical judgments, their character really improves as they run in. Be patient and you will be rewarded. They are very musical, tuneful amps, great bottom end, highs are smooth and somewhat rolled off (but extension improves with hours), lots of power.

    The 2 asynchronous usb inputs are stupidly good sounding, better than they have a right to. Plug in your iPad and let it rip, you'll be amazed at the sound quality. I've got my Mac Mini connected to the 2nd usb input using JRiver instead of iTunes. Again, fabulous sound. Don't have a need for the coax so can't comment on them. The MM phono stage is good but I didn't put many hours on it as I use an external. The HT Bypass is a nice touch too.
    Haven't tried the headphone out yet but I'll get there :)

    This is a LOT of amp for the money. Fantastic sound, great features and looks. IMHO Peachtree have got something special going on here with this new lineup. Ozzy Approves! :)

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    Slightly off topic...have only used the Peachtree Decco 2...but I'm a fan, especially if you can find one at a good used price. A nice all-around package. Would love to hear the newer stuff.
     
  4. BroonsBane

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    Well, I'm definitely a fan too. Don't hesitate to give these new units a listen if you get the chance :thumbsup:
     
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    I listened to one last week at my local dealer. Man it's very nice! If I hadn't already bought a new Sony integrated and a Music Hall DAC it would be perfect for my computer set up.
     
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    It would be nice if the OP would chime in here. Curious as to whether he has heard one since he first started this thread back in June :smoke:
     

     

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  7. lizard84

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    Looks like a great piece, I'd love to give it an audition.
     
  8. I know it has nothing to do with their performance, but above and beyond sound output, I'm also an aesthetics guy. I absolutely love the way the Peachtree amps look with their rounded corners and gloss finish. The reviews I've read have been overwhelmingly positive and I'm sure they'd fit in just about any decor. Hell, BroonsBane's setup has me drooling. (Ozzy's excited by being in the presence of the amp...) I'd bet dollars to doughnuts, one would sound great with your B&W's.
     
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    The Peachtree does have a nice look to it! I'm sure it sounds great.
     
  10. iamjaymo

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    Just thought I would keep this thread alive in case anyone else was considering a Peachtree Nova 150.

    Just received one from Music Direct and up and running as of this morning. Initially, out of the box, it was pretty rough. Harsh high-end and the bass was a bit flat and thin. Gobs of power though. About 5 hours in now and it seems to have smoothed out a tiny, tiny bit. Will let it run in over the next week or so. Running it through it's own DAC via USB-B from an iMac.

    Beautiful finish and construction. Setup was a snap. More later.
     
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  11. BroonsBane

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    It sounds better the longer it runs. Figure on 100 hours or so of break-in.
     

     

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  12. iamjaymo

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    ...about 20 hours in now...I realize I’m no where near the recommended 100 or so hours of break-in but, maybe, things are starting to improve??? Could be my imagination or perhaps wishful thinking, but I listened critically at the 20 hour mark it seems to be a bit smoother in the top end. Less hard or harsh. A bit. Bass is still flat and lacking as of now. Voices do sound nice though and always have since the beginning.

    One thing I will say, however, is that long ago I had a Wyred 4 Sound STI-1000 Integrated (also Class D) and while very detailed and exacting that amp was very clinical and cold to me. The Nova 150 is NOT that type of sound - it is much sweeter and that is a positive for sure. The Wyred didn’t stay in my old music room for long because of it’s sterile sound. Going to run the Peachtree overnight and we’ll see what we have in the morning.
     
  13. BroonsBane

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    I left mine powered on all the time for a week, that helped speed up the process.
    That being said, I no longer have this amp. It sure has lots of great features, especially for the money.
     

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