nova500 Amplifier

    The most powerful Peachtree amplifier EVER!

    This is it...the one you’ve been waiting for and the one we’ve always wanted to build…the incredible new nova500.

    The nova500 is five audiophile-designed products in one: a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a preamplifier, a power amplifier, a moving magnet phono preamplifier and a headphone amplifier all seamlessly integrated into a single, beautiful aluminum and wood chassis that is the hallmark of Peachtree Audio.

    The nova500 is designed to provide the ultimate link between all of your source devices and your speakers with the most powerful and “cleanest” amplifier section we have have ever offered. But the nova500 isn’t designed to simply reproduce music loudly. It is designed to deliver music the way the creators intended; with the ease, authority, musicality and emotional impact provided by the world's best recordings.

    Highlights

    • Built-in, state-of-the-art, power amplifier with an astounding 500 watts per channel
    • ESS 9028 PRO Sabre DAC with up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD resolution
    • Fully differential (balanced) audio circuitry from the digital inputs to the output
    • Exclusive DyNEC iOS input for audio streaming from Apple Lightning devices
    • Asynchronous USB, (1) coaxial and (2) optical digital inputs for connection to virtually any source device
    • Phono (MM) input for direct connection of a turntable (can also double as a standard line-level input)
    • Home Theater Bypass for easy integration with a multi-channel system (also doubles as a standard line-level input) driving the front speakers for listening to stereo music
    • Volume Control Bypass feature for use with variable output source devices
    • Switchable loop feature for inserting an external EQ or other sound processor into the signal path
    • Discrete, high-output, custom-designed headphone amplifier
    • Extensive internal grounding
    • Optional wireless input streaming module (available 2019)
    • Available in Piano Black and Gloss Ebony Mocha
    • Proudly assembled in Matthews, NC, USA

    “The nova300 has plenty of power to drive my speakers…..Why is the nova500 a significant upgrade for me?"

    We have received some questions about the power of the nova500 vs. the nova300. The nova500 will provide ~1-2db more loudness with most speakers in most rooms. The main advantage you’ll notice, however, is how easily the nova500 reproduces musical peaks, especially at higher volume levels. In many cases it will be subtle, as the nova300 itself is impressive in this regard - but we are always striving to make small advances that when taken together, result in a significant and noticeable improvement to the overall listening experience. Where you’ll hear a bigger difference is in the balanced design of the preamp; the ESS 9028 Pro DAC processor; and the all-new design architecture of the ICEpower 1200AS2 power amplifier. We’re knocked out by the performance of this new amplifier, which sounds big and lush while maintaining an extremely quiet background. In the past we expected bigger power amps to be better with dynamics but at the expense of more noise. Not anymore - the nova500 is extremely powerful, dynamic and quiet all at the same time.




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    nova500 Cabinet Venting

    Maximizes heat dissipation and matches the faceplate finish on both Piano Black and Gloss Ebony Mocha cabinets.

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    When will Wi-Fi be available for the nova150, nova300 and nova500?

    October 2019 Update:

    We are about 2/3's of the way through the testing phase and looking forward to moving into production. The solution we are developing has evolved behind the scenes since our last update and we are pleased to announce we are adding Bluetooth streaming in addition to high-resolution capable Wi-Fi streaming. Although we had not promised Bluetooth as part of this upgrade, we took the opportunity to add some time and effort to the schedule to integrate it along with the Wi-Fi feature. We felt this was well worth the tradeoff as Bluetooth provides a second tier of wireless streaming connectivity that makes nova one of the most flexible Hi-Fi platforms available today. We are also working to provide the latest in high-resolution streaming: amazon music HD which appears to be gathering momentum quickly amongst our customer base and Hi-Fi community in general. In addition our upgrade will support Qobuz, Tidal and Spotify Connect which are the other premium-quality streaming services that many of you rely on every day to stream music.

    So what does this all mean to the schedule? It means will will not be shipping in October as hoped. We need to take the time to do this properly. Testing wireless inputs is infinitely more complicated and time consuming than wired inputs and we want to make sure the user experience is exactly what everyone expects from us; simple, intuitive and great sounding. We won't release it to production until we are 100% confident that we have achieved those goals!

    As a reminder, here's how the upgrade will be launched:

    We will begin upgrading customer-owned novas in the US first. The SKY module has a suggested retail price of $250 and will be available to current nova owners at a 50% savings ($125 including shipping both ways) for a limited time. This is our small way of saying "thank you" for your patience and continued support while we worked to get this feature completed. We sincerely appreciate it! Please note that the wireless input upgrade must be performed at Peachtree and we will provide instructions for sending your amplifier to us.

    If you are located outside the US, upgrades will be done by an authorized Peachtree service center in your area. Timing, pricing and instructions will be announced.

    Also beginning in the US, production novas will be available with the SKY upgrade installed for an additional $200:

    nova500 SKY $3599
    nova500 $3399
    nova300 SKY $2499
    nova300 $2299
    nova150 SKY $1899
    nova150 $1699

    The nova SKY upgrade accepts wireless streams over Wi-Fi and currently supports the following streaming services using a LinkPlay app:

    • qobuz
    • Tidal
    • Spotify Connect
    • deezer
    • Pandora
    • Napster
    • TuneIn
    • iHeartRadio
    • amazon music HD (in development)

    Audio can also be streamed directly to a nova SKY using Bluetooth. This is helpful if a streaming service you are using is not currently supported by the LinkPlay family of apps or you simply want to make a quick wireless connection to a nova SKY and listen without connecting Wi-Fi or a LinkPlay app.

    We will continue to monitor the streaming audio services and methods our customers request most often in an effort to remain current with the highest quality and most popular ones. The streaming music marketplace is constantly evolving and we can not guarantee that we will support your wireless streaming service or application of choice.

    Thanks again for your patience while we work to complete this much anticipated upgrade to the nova platform. We look forward to providing it to you as much as you look forward to having it. If you have any questions or comments, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    The Peachtree Audio Team

    Technology marches forward at an ever-quickening pace and, in the world of audio, the performance improvements from year-to-year and generation-to-generation are typically small incremental steps. But every once in a while, several significant advancements across multiple areas come together to take a product to the next level. That is the story behind the nova500: Engineers from Peachtree, ESS, and ICEPower all working towards the goal of making the absolute best product they know how based on the latest thinking and parts and bringing it all together in a single benchmark product.

    The DAC

    The DAC section in the nova500 includes an amazing new ESS 9000-Series PRO Sabre DAC and utilizes four DACs per stereo channel. In other words, eight DACs in total to provide stunning dynamic range from any source with minimal background noise to distract from the music. All of the specs for the DAC exceed 120dB, generally considered the maximum dynamic range of human hearing! But most importantly, this digital-to-analog-converter provides a level of refinement and musicality that we have found to be simply beyond reproach. Peachtree was the first audiophile company to offer ESS DACs built into its products, and it is only fitting that our latest and greatest integrated amplifier includes their latest and greatest DAC!

    The Preamplifier

    The preamplifier section in the nova500 was designed from the ground up by the engineers at Peachtree Audio specifically for the nova500. Its architecture is based on the preamplifier section of the nova300 and nova150, but takes it a significant step further by implementing fully differential circuit paths from input to output. This ensures that the ultra-low-noise musical signal provided by the DAC is maintained all the way through the preamplifier, and any external noise or interference that finds its way to the circuit board is cancelled out so it does not negatively affect the sound quality of the music! The ensures that the nova500’s power amplifier section is being driven by the absolutely cleanest possible signal from the preamplifier.

    The Amplifier

    The amplifier section in the nova500 features the stunning new 1200AS2 from ICEPower. It is, simply stated, the best sounding, most powerful amplifier section we have ever offered in any product - period. The nova500 is capable of driving virtually any speaker with the utmost ease and authority. Chances are, you've never heard how good your speakers can actually sound until you hear them driven by the nova500. The nova500’s ability to reproduce complex music passages at any volume level is simply jaw dropping even if only listening to a modest pair of 2-way speakers. But to truly appreciate the amplifier section in the nova500, connect it to a pair of high-end floorstanders and be prepared to be completely blown away! The power and finesse of the amplifier section in the nova500 is, we believe, a game changer.

    The Headphone Amplifier

    The headphone amplifier section in the nova500 is a custom-designed power amplifier specifically engineered to get the best sound quality and output capability from any headphone including difficult to drive, high-impedance, high-performance headphones. The headphone amplifier is a fully discrete linear design that does NOT utilize a chip-based amplifier. It is a full power amplifier tailored to the specific needs of headphone listening and can easily drive anything from power hungry 600 Ohm dynamic-drivers to easy to drive planar-magnetics and everything in between. The headphone amplifier in the nova500 makes discreet listening sessions a welcome delight!

    The Phono Stage

    The phono section in the nova500 is designed to allow direct connection from a moving magnet or high-output moving coil cartridge equipped turntable. It is custom-designed to enable the best sound quality reproduction from your vinyl collection and eliminates the need to add an external phono amplifier product to the nova500. And if you don’t use a turntable, the input doubles as a standard line-level analog audio input with the simple press-and-hold of the input button!

    CONVENIENCE and FLEXIBILITY

    Optical, Coax and USB Inputs

    The nova500's digital inputs provide for connection to virtually any source: one asynchronous USB, one coaxial, two optical.

    The Loop

    LOOP

    The nova500 includes an extremely useful LOOP (output/input) feature, allowing you to add an equalizer or other processor into the signal path as desired. The LOOP button on the remote control engages and disengages the loop audio path utilizing high-performance relays. Want to experiment with room correction? Easy. Wire your room EQ component into the nova500 and use the LOOP button on the remote control to A-B between correction in/correction out.

    Home Theater Bypass

    This classic Peachtree feature is included in the nova500. HTB allows for easy integration with a multi-channel preamp/processor or audio/video receiver (AVR) so that the power amplifier in the nova500 always drives your main speakers (front left and right). When listening to two-channel music the nova500 also becomes your control center, ensuring that you enjoy the full benefit of its reference DAC and ultra-low-noise circuitry. If the HTB input isn't needed it can be configured as a standard analog line-level input.

    iOS Input - DyNEC (Dynamic Noise Elimination Circuit) for iPhone/iPad

    iPhone

    The nova500 includes a dedicated asynchronous USB connection on the rear panel that provides a direct digital wired connection for Apple Lightning-equipped devices. Simply use the cable that came with your iPhone or iPad and experience your music transformed by the nova500's DAC and fully differential preamplifier - whether you're listening via headphones or through your main speaker system.

    With DyNEC and an asynchronous connection, Peachtree's dedicated iOS input lets you hear your music with all the clarity, dynamics and emotion the artist intended!

    nova500 remote

    And . . . the metal-faced Peachtree remote controls basic playback functions like FF/RR and pause, so you can just sit back and enjoy!

    Volume Control Bypass

    The nova500 provides a Volume Control Bypass feature on its digital inputs which puts the nova500 into "power amp" mode. This is useful if you have a connected source with its own volume control. Have a favorite device or app with a volume slider built right into the interface? Simply bypass the nova500 volume control for that input and use the app slider instead. It's VERY convenient!

    Easy Subwoofer Connection

    The nova500's Pre Out jacks allow easy hookup of a subwoofer. The signal from the Pre Outs is identical to the main signal and is controlled by the nova500's volume control.

    nova500 Specifications

    SPEAKER OUTPUT
    Compatible Speakers 2.5-16Ω
    Output Power (WPC, 8Ω | 4Ω, <1% THD+N, AES17) 500 | 800
    Dynamic Range (A-weighted) 106dB
    Damping Factor (1kHz, 8Ω) >650
    Frequency Response (20 - 20kHz) <+/-0.4dB
    Inter-Modulation Distortion >80dB below fundamental
    Total Harmonic Distortion (AES17, 1kHz, 4Ω) 0.003%
    Channel Separation (1kHz, 8Ω) >90dB
    PREAMP OUTPUT
    Output Voltage (rms) 3.8V
    Output Impedance 100Ω
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 106dB | 106dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >115dB
    Frequency Response (Analog | Digital Source, 8Hz-20kHz) <0.1dB | <0.5dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.001% (2V rms, 1kHz, un-weighted)
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT
    Output Power (32Ω, rms | peak) 1200mW | 2770mW
    Output Power (300Ω, rms | peak) 330mW | 700mW
    Output Power (600Ω, rms | peak) 170mW | 350mW
    Output Impedance
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 107dB | 106dB
    Dynamic Range (Analog | Digital Source, un-weighted) 107dB | 100dB
    Channel Separation (1kHz) >100dB at 1kHz
    Frequency Response (Digital source, 8Hz-20kHz) <0.5dB
    Frequency Response (Analog source, 8Hz-100kHz) <0.1dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.003% (2V rms, 1kHz, un-weighted)
    USB-B Input
    Formats PCM and DSD
    PCM Sampling Rate and DSD Frequency Rate 16-32 Bit, 44.1-384kHz PCM
    2.8224-5.6448MHz DSD
    COAX and OPT Inputs
    Formats 16-24 Bit, 44.1-192kHz PCM
    AUX Inputs
    Maximum Voltage (rms | peak-to-peak) 3.5V | 10V
    Impedance 100kΩ
    PHONO Input
    Maximum Input Voltage (rms) 120mV
    Impedance 47kΩ
    RIAA EQ No rumble filter used
    LOOP Output and Input
    Maximum Voltage (rms | peak-to-peak) 3.5V | 10V
    Impedance (input | output) 100kΩ | 100Ω
    AC Power
    AC Input 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Maximum Power Consumption 1500W
    On Mode (Idle) Power Consumption 41W
    Standby Mode Power Consumption <0.5W
    Fuse 100-120VAC: 10A/250V Medium Acting
    220-240VAC: 6.3A/250V Medium Acting
    Physical
    Height (including feet) 4.37 inches | 111 mm
    Width 14.02 inches | 356 mm
    Depth (including volume knob and speaker binding posts) 14.25 inches | 361.95 mm
    Weight (shipping weight) 19 lbs (23 lbs) | 8.6 kg (10.5 kg)
    Warranty
    Parts and Labor Two years
    Three years if registered online

    nova500

    $3,399

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    "…the Nova 300 is a flat out steal for all the audio capabilities it delivers.."

    HiFi+ reviews the nova300. Read the full review here.


    "…the nova300 was truly in a league of its own."

    The Master Switch reviews the nova300. Read the full review here.


    "Power, control, and finesse."

    Computer Audiophile reviews the nova300. Read the full review here.


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    Steve Guttenberg praises the nova150 in his current CNET review. Read the full review here.


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