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Peachtree Nova 65SE

The nova65SE is an integrated amplifier, DAC, and headphone amp all rolled into one. Its combination of high output power, transparent sound, and digital and analog connectivity make it simple to enjoy all of your music with uncompromising quality.

With five inputs, including 24/192 Asynchronous USB, you can enjoy computer and streaming audio with incredible high fidelity sound.

65Pride of Ownership
The nova65SE has a timeless industrial design that fits naturally in the home. The wood cabinet is sourced from sustainable resources and is available in three premium finishes: rosewood, high gloss black, and cherry. The front panel is made from six-millimeter thick bead blasted aluminum with a soft cool gray finish. These are some of the simple touches that provide pride of ownership in an age of disposable hardware.

Powerful Amplification
Peachtree amplifiers are rated «all channels driven» from 20Hz to 20kHz (full bandwidth of human hearing) to provide real world power ratings. Featuring an amplifier that delivers up to 95 watts per channel (4Ω), the nova65SE is the perfect partner for efficient speakers, near-field desktop systems and for listeners that value quality over quantity of sound.

If your listening habits or speakers require more power to sound their best, check out the even more powerful nova125SEand nova220SE.

BT1Optional BT1 aptX® Bluetooth Music Receiver
The new Peachtree Audio BT1 Bluetooth Music Receiver is the easiest way to bridge your phone or tablet to your Peachtree system. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, you can stream audio from all of your favorite apps like Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM, TuneIn Radio and more. The BT1 is designed to work perfectly and easily with your Peachtree Audio SE series integrated amplifier. Learn more.


nova65se-back-737x303The Reasons It Sounds So Good

Sabre Dac logo

The ESS Sabre DAC is the world’s first chipset designed from the ground up to eliminate the anti-musical, high amount of jitter that is commonly found in computers and digital streamers. Using a patented process called HyperstreamTM the Sabre DAC buffers the incoming digital bitstream and reclocks it from thousands of picoseconds of jitter to less than 3 picoseconds. That means your computer, smart phone, and streamer can have sonic performance equal to the world’s best CD players.
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The 24/192 Asynchronous USB Input has a major impact on the overall sound quality of the nova65SE. Asynchronous communication keeps digital jitter at bay by not relying on the audio clock in the computer, which can get thrown off time by the thousands of processes running in your operating system’s background. The USB input on the nova65SE provides the best possible resolution, which furthers the efforts of the ESS Sabre DAC.

Galvanic Isolation blocks electrical noise from all of the digital inputs on the nova65SE. Computers and digital streamers are prime sources of electrical noise. Electrical noise, even noise that you can’t hear directly, masks fine details and distorts the tone of music. Galvanic isolation eliminates this noise.

nova65SE tube

The Tube Buffer can be switched on via a button on the remote control to add a dose of warmth and take the hard edge off compressed audio sources like MP3s. The single 6N1P triode will last years for the average listener – it’s easy to change and inexpensive to replace.

The 65 watt per channel Power Amp takes economical audio performance to a whole new level with advances including extended bandwidth, improved dynamic range, and exceptionally low distortion. The high current output stage delivers even more power into lower impedance speakers: 95 watts per channel at 4 ohms. Listen to the nova65SE on your favorite speakers and be impressed.

headphonesThe Headphone Amp enables you to listen in solitude without sacrificing sound quality. Most headphones need more than the tiny amount of power that trickles out of the headphone jack from your computer or iPod. Plug your phones into the nova65SE and hear what they sound like with copious amounts of undistorted power driving them.



Almost too good to be true: The Peachtree Nova65SE integrated amplifier

Pair the Peachtree Nova65SE amp with a great set of speakers, and you’ll be in for a treat.

I love that the Peachtree Nova65SE integrated stereo amplifier doesn’t look like any other brand’s amplifiers or receivers. The Nova65SE’s 6mm thick aluminum faceplate and round cornered medium-density fiberboard cabinet, finished in gloss black, real cherry or rosewood veneers sets this amp apart from everything else.

Beyond design considerations my reasons for selecting this particular Peachtree at this time were twofold, it’s the least expensive integrated in the line, and I wanted an amplifier that might sound great for my upcomingMagnepan .7 speaker review. Magnepan speakers are always among my favorites, but they tend to be fussy about amps — would the Nova65SE be up for the challenge?

It features a Class A preamplifier stage with a vacuum tube buffer, and a 65 watt per channel into 8 Ohms, 95 watt per channel into 4 Ohms Class D power amplifier. The Nova65SE’s digital converter works with up to 192kHz/24-bit files. I also like that you can take the 61NP tube in or out of the preamp circuitry by pushing a button on the remote control. The tube made a very small difference in the sound, it’s slightly sweeter with the tube in circuit.

Connectivity is limited to four digital sources: USB, coaxial, and two optical inputs. There’s one set of stereo analog RCA inputs, a 6.3mm headphone jack, and stereo preamplifier outputs that can be used with powered subwoofers, or drive a separate power amp. Measuring a trim 5 by 14.8 by 13.5 inches (126x377x343mm) the Nova65SE is pretty compact, and yet it weighs 21.4 pounds (9.7kg) — that’s heavier than many supposedly more powerful receivers and amps. It comes with a 2-year parts and labor warranty.

Listening to the bass lines coursing through Kraftwerk’s «Tour De France» album over the .7 speakers was a real thrill. The deep synthesizer bass lines were extremely fast and bass oomph was beyond my expectations for a set of affordably priced flat-panel speakers ($1,395 in the US). Moving onto music with a more acoustic flavor with the Fleet Foxes’ «Sun Giant» EP, the .7 speakers unerring sweetness shined through. With the Kronos String Quartet’s «Early Music» CD the sound was big and spacious. String tone was spot-on, you get true high-end sound for a down-to-earth price (by high-end audio standards) with the Nova65SE and .7 speakers combination.

Switching over to my KEF LS50 box speakers the Nova65SE again proved its mettle. The little speakers projected a huge soundstage, and rhythmic pacing was exemplary. Any music with a pulse really came alive over the LS50s, the amp is a natural with that speaker.

Next, I plugged two of my favorite high-end headphones in — the Audeze LCD-X and AKG K812 — and I really thought the amp was so good, few Nova65SE owners will ever be tempted to buy a separate headphone amp.

US buyers purchasing direct from Peachtree can try the Nova65SE at home for up to 30 days, or get a full refund (less return shipping) if not satisfied with the amp. Peachtree also has a number of brick and mortar dealers. The US price is $999 with the gloss black finish, $1,099 for real rosewood or cherry finishes; in Australia it’s AU$1399 for the Nova65SE in black and AU$1549 in either cherry or rosewood; and in the UK it’s £799 and £849 for the Nova65SE in black and wood finishes respectively.

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