Peachtree Audio Nova220SE (Special Edition)
Overview I love Peachtree Audio products. This is the second PA integrated amplifier I've owned, beginning with the iNova back in 2012 and upgrading to this Nova220SE in November 2014 (Purchased directly from PA via their upgrade program). I managed to get a solid 4 years of listening joy out of this amplifier before upgrade-itis finally set in.
I almost exclusively played high-resolution digital & Tidal source material from a MacBook into the Asynchronous USB input, which handles 24-bit/96khz & 24-bit/192khz files like a champ. Feeding this integrated high-resolution source material creates an incredibly natural, three dimensional and resolving presentation. It has a 'jack of all trades' quality about it, where it manages to delivery excellent value-for-money on all aspects of music reproduction. Once I paired this amplifier with my Kef LS50s and a REL T9 subwoofer, I did not make a single change to my hi-fi for 2.5 years. 2.5 years!! I actually stopped reading Stereophile for a period of time because I simply lost interest in upgrades. The clean, simple design also looks fantastic in our living room.
Reviews The reviews speak for themselves: https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/nova220se-amplifier-with-dac.html
Full Specs https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/nova220se-amplifier-with-dac.html
Highlights: Discrete Class A Preamplifier (developed for PA's flagship Grand X-1 Preamplifier) 220w (8Ω), 350w (4Ω) (ICEpower class D)
ESS Sabre Asynchronous DAC chip USB & Coax inputs up to 24-bit/192khz Optical input up to 24-bit/96khz
Built-in Headphone Amplifier
Home Theater bypass
Pre-out for subwoofer/separates
Additional Details I'm rating the amplifier 8/10 because there are swirl marks/light scratches in the gloss black finish. These can only be seen when looking closely at the top of the amplifier, from an angle, with light shining from directly above. There is also some visible wear on the remote (the printed Peachtree logo text has begun to wear off). All functional components are flawless.
I have the original box & all manuals/materials and will ship double-boxed anywhere in CONUS. I will also include a spare 6N1P tube in the box.