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Nova Does Not Mean "Won't Go"
By Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 9, 2009
Peachtree Audio has declared that "Computer Audio is here to stayso let's make it sound right." The 80Wpc Nova ($1199) includes an ESS 9006 Sabre DAc, which has a jitter reduction circuit and a 24-bit/96kHz upsampler. It employs a 6922 tube tas the driver for its class-A/B output stage. It decodes MP3, MP4, FLAC, AIFF, ALC, "plus all others. It even has a slot in the back to accommodate a Sonos ZP80/90. And did I mention that it has an HT pass-through? Or 11 regulated power supplies? That last is to isolate separate sections from digitally generated noise.
And it's pretty with its wrap around wooden shell.
It sounded pretty good driving a pair of Aerial 20Tv.2s, which was punching waaayyy out of its weight class. I doubt anybody sane would do that, but it was an impressive trick.