Peachtree Audio Decco in Cherry
Includes power cord, remote, spare tube and comes in factory box.
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This is the original Peachtree Audio Decco that started the company off
On their audio pre amp/ integrated path. This unit has the original NOS dac
Designed by Scott Nixon and has been upgraded by Peachtree Audio.
Peachtree added a non stock headphone capacitor
To silence the unit when headphones are used while the unit is connected
To an external amp. Also the existing capacitors were upgraded to the
Ones used in a Nova for more reliability and quieter noise floor.
I purchased this unit from a dealer on audiogon and have used it in my bedroom
System hooked up to an external amplifier. I found the unit’s sound to be warm without Digital glare. The headphone section is excellent as well.
The condition is very good with a slight smudge on the faceplate and an indent
On the cherry wood veneer on the bottom side.
50WPC at 8 ohm, 68WPC at 4ohms
• Tube (6922/6DJ8) pre-amp section
• 2 analog inputs
• 3 Digital inputs - USB, SPDIF, Coaxial
• Decodes MP3, MP4, FLAC, AFF, WAV
• Preamp Stereo output for additional amplifier or
• Non-upsampling DAC
• Remote control volume and source
• +5dB, 55Hz bass EQ for small speakers
• Slot in back to accommodate Sonos ZP80
Sonically, it is hard to find fault with the Decco's DAC and preamp. Female voices are absolutely sublime, full-bodied sonic images that float in front of the listener. Pieces like "Simple Love" by Alison Kraus leave the listener flinching, almost feeling Alison's breath on one's face. The single dual-triode in the preamp section likely deserves credit for much of the body in female vocals through the Decco. When listening to more bass-demanding tracks, like "Let it go" by Great Big Sea, the Decco's articulate bass never bloats, unless of course you are running a full-range system with the "loudness" button engaged. If that is the case, your system is likely to start sounding like a Honda Civic stuffed full of subwoofers (minus the rattling body panels).
The DAC does not upsample, and therefore it does not add any of the harshness or smear that upsampling can introduce. Some prefer the sound of upsampling, but I am not one of them. Although upsampled digital music is easier to listen to and does not lend itself to fatigue, I always wonder what I am missing. Not so with the Decco. The highs are crisp without being harsh, and the music has gobs of detail.
The amplifier section does make some very pleasing, non-fatiguing sound, but it lacks the sparkle and drive that characterize the rest of the unit. It is fair to say though that more efficient speakers with more normal impedances would fair better. Used as a desktop system in an office or a bedroom as it was mostly intended should meet the needs of most people. It is also fair to point out that most chip amps that put out 50 wpc would sell for much more than the Decco’s total $800. A quick look at Scott Nixon’s website reveals that he sells his NOS tube DAC alone (no amp or remote) for $595. That $799 looks pretty good, huh?