"The buttery smooth vocals...illustrate the openness and lack of glare that the nova125 provides...It’s a perfect example of clarity without the edge. This amplifier is a non-fatiguing delight."
"Great sound, contemporary industrial design and incredible flexibility make this amp a tough one to beat. We are pleased to award the Peachtree nova125 one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2013." - TONEAudio Magazine Issue 56
nova125 - The Next Generation of Power
How is the nova125 different from the decco65?
• The nova125 and decco65 share the same preamp circuitry and DAC.
• The power supply and amplifier output stage are unique to the nova125.
As a result, the nova125 provides greater dynamics and detail than the already superb decco65.
4 Products in One Chassis
More power. You want to play your music louder without distortion. You want to feed your power hungry loudspeakers all of the watts they deserve. You want to fill a cavernous room with a throbbing bass line. You need more power. You need the nova125.
All of your music, from MP3 to PandoraTM to 24/192 lossless downloads, will have sound quality that will drive listening sessions long into the night, leaving your friends saying “just one more song.”
The Reasons It Sounds So Good
The ESS Sabre Upsampling 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.
The 24/192 Asynchronous USB Input has a major impact on the overall sound quality of the nova125 and represents a huge technological leap from the previous Nova and iNova. 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 nova125 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 nova125. 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.
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 125 watt per channel Power Amp is the newest generation of Class D technology. It takes audio performance to a whole new level with advances including extended bandwidth, improved dynamic range, and exceptionally low distortion. These high current output stages can comfortably drive any speaker load from 2 ohms. This amplifier has enough muscle to power any speaker you use and sounds great at any volume.
The 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 cans into the nova125 and hear what they sound like with copious amounts of undistorted power driving them.
nova125 Back Stage Pass
Trigger: Automatically turns on another triggered device.
USB Digital Input: Takes digital audio-content from your computerʼs USB and sends it to the Sabre DAC via asynchronous communication.
Optical Input: Common on CD players, cable boxes, Apple products, and other digital audio sources.
Coax 1 and 2: Common on CD players, Sonos players, Slim Devices Squeezebox, and a host of other digital audio sources.
Aux: Common on tape decks, phono boxes, and a host of other audio sources. We recommend using a digital connection when possible to take advantage of the Sabre DAC.
Pre Out: For external amp or subwoofer.
Speaker Terminals: 5 way binding posts. Spades, banana plugs or bare speaker wire.
Standby Switch: Turns mains on and off.
Detachable Power Cord
Voltage Switching: For international use.
- DAC: ESS Sabre 9023
- Resolution: MP3,16/44.1,16/48,
24/88, 24/96, 24/176, 24/192
- USB: Asynchronous up to 24/192
- Optical: Up to 24/96
- Coax: Up to 24/192
- Tube: 6N1P
- Pre-out Impedance: 50 Ω
- S/N: 96dB
- Jitter: <3ps measured at master clock
- Separation: 94dB
- Power Output: 125 watts per channel 8Ω,
220 watts per channel 4Ω
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz + .5dB
- Gain: 24dB
- Dynamic Range: 121dB
- Sensitivity: 1.2v
- Input Impedance: 50k Ω
- Output Impedance: 18mΩ
- Minimum Load: 2 Ω
- Damping Factor: >1000 (100Hz 8Ω)
- Max Output Current: 30A
- Channel Tracking: <+ 0.2dB
- Crosstalk: >90dB 20Hz-20kHz
- Max Power Consumption: 600 watts
- Standby Power Consumption: < 1 watt
- Dimensions: 4.37 x 14.8 x 11.5 (inches)
- Weight: 21.56lbs, 9.8kg
- Finishes: High Gloss Black, Cherry, Rosewood
- Warranty: 2 Years Parts and Labor, 6 Mo. Tube
The full function remote control includes tube switching which allows you to customize your listening experience on the fly.
"From time to time, you have to challenge your preconceptions of what constitutes ‘serious hi-fi’: fortunately, the Peachtree Audio nova125 is everything a ‘normal’ amplifier isn’t."Read the full review...
"The buttery smooth vocals...illustrate the openness and lack of glare that the nova125 provides when powering the Magnepans. It’s a perfect example of clarity without the edge. This amplifier is a non-fatiguing delight."
"The thundering bass lines on Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” pulsate through the room, with the nova125 keeping the woofers well controlled—the Harbeths are speakers that need major current drive to sound their best, and the nova125 delivers."
"Great sound, contemporary industrial design and incredible flexibility make this amp a tough one to beat. We are pleased to award the Peachtree nova125 one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2013."