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
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 worlds best recordings.
state-of-the-art, power amplifier with an astounding 500 watts per channel
9000 Series PRO Sabre DAC with up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD
differential (balanced) audio circuitry from the digital inputs to the
DyNEC iOS input for audio streaming from Apple Lightning devices
USB, (1) coaxial and (2) optical digital inputs for connection to
virtually any source device
(MM) input for direct connection of a turntable (can also double as a
standard line-level input)
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
Control Bypass feature for use with variable output source devices
loop feature for inserting an external EQ or other sound processor into
the signal path
now in Piano Black and soon in Gloss Ebony Mocha
assembled in Charlotte, NC, USA
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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!
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.