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Digital Preamp with 24/192 DAC and Tube Output Stage
The Peachtree Audio novaPre preamplifier was designed to enhance the digital sources that we all use today. Few sources are analog these days, yet most preamps on the market support analog only. Not the novaPre. It loves your music all the way from mp3 to full 24/192 resolution on your computer, Apple TV, Sonos, music servers, internet radio, or whatever source you choose. And it even does analog!
The novaPre is three products in one. It's a hybrid tube preamp that gives you the classic, rich sound of vacuum tubes plus the performance benefits of modern solid state/digital technology. It's also an amazing sounding 24/192 DAC for enjoying your digital sources more than ever before. And, finally, it's a premium headphone amp for superior private listening.
Superb Digital-to-Analog Converter
The ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converter is widely recognized as one of the world’s best DACs when dealing with hostile digital components like computers and streamers. Jitter is all but eliminated. The art of this DAC comes in with the hundreds of additional parts and multiple power supplies designed around the ESS chip that work together to produce the Peachtree sonic signature.
The Challenging Digital Environment
The novaPre's 24/192 Asynchronous USB input provides the best possible resolution, which furthers the efforts of the ESS Sabre DAC. Asynchronous communication allows a high-precision clock inside the novaPre to control the timing of the bitstream from the computer to the DAC. This further keeps jitter at bay by not relying on the less precise audio clock in the computer. USB implementation is one of the more difficult tasks. It takes experience, know-how and a willingness to make investments to bring it up to full performance.
All of the novaPre's digital inputs with grounds are galvanically isolated to prevent electrical noise from entering the DAC board on all grounded digital inputs. Any contamination due to the switching power supply, multiple ground points, and high speed processing is isolated from the DAC, so that nothing but 'pure ones and zeroes' reach the DAC circuit. Taking into account the unit as a whole, this circuit was the biggest independent sound improvement overall.
The novaPre's tube buffer uses a stereo triode 6N1P to smooth the harsh digital edge found in poor recordings and compressed audio. It can be switched on or off from the remote control to match your preference at any given time. You'll find it especially good for Pandora, MOG, Spotify and most cloud-based listening.
The Joys of Solitude
The novaPre's headphone amp switches the speakers off when your headphones are inserted, so even when a quiet environment is required, you can still fill your head with lush high resolution music. Your headphones can also run through the tube stage so you can enjoy that smooth tube sound in solitude.
The Ins and Outs
Digital inputs on the novaPre consist of a USB input for your computer, an optical digital input, and two coaxial digital inputs. Analog connections consist of an auxiliary input and two pre-outputs for an external amp or subwoofer. The novaPre also has a DC trigger and a detachable power cord.