Explore Peachtree Audio
Peachtree Audio is a 15 year old company founded by Signal Path, the ex US importer of Musical Fidelity. The founders have over 150 years of combined industry experience. Peachtree is dedicated to offering hi-value/hi-performance audio products at prices that are far more than their hi-end competition. Hi-end performance at mainstream prices. And now most products are made in North America.
All their products have received excellent reviews. The Nova was Stereophile Budget Component of the Year and the new models set a new value performance standard unmatched in the industry. Peachtree is "THE" a leader in computer audio and already on their 5th generation of products while other companies are just starting to learn what it takes to make computers sound great for hi-end audio. They were the first company to add a USB DAC to an integrated amplifier. The Nova series uses sophisticated 32 bit/384k DSD capable ESS 9018 Sabre DAC's coupled to world class preamplifiers with very stable hi power amplifiers.
What is Carina?
Carina is Peachtree Audio's new flagship integrated amplifier. It combines several of the sound quality enhancements introduced in the nova500 with the power and price point of the nova300. It is also Peachtree Audio's first product with the critically acclaimed Hypex N-Core amplifier technology built-in along with several other new features for the brand.
Why we made Carina
To establish a new benchmark for integrated amplifiers in the ~$2500 price range. Our ongoing testing of available technologies identified a combination of DAC, preamplifier and power amplifier components that worked extremely well together to create an exceptional listening experience at a reasonable price. Carina is an easy-to-use, highly-transparent, integrated amplifier solution that drives a wide range of speakers (and headphones) with ease and accepts up to 6 digital inputs, including Bluetooth.
In the first review in Audio Pursuit they called it Insanely terrific & summed with:
"I’ve been a huge integrated amplifier fan for 16 years, reaching its pinnacle a decade ago as an owner of a Simaudio i7. Since selling it in order to take care of family finances, I’ve been searching for an integrated amplifier that would satisfy me in the same way the i7 did. The Peachtree Carina is absolutely the closest I have come to that nirvana moment. While $2499 is no small amount of change, the Carina is an absolute bargain. I cannot rave enough about the DAC section. Choosing the combination of dual ESS chips and R2R ladder-style design makes the Carina the finest built-in DAC integrated I have personally heard. Add in the ability to choose between PCM filters and NOS or oversampling, the result is a fine-sounding piece of gear. Simply put, the Peachtree Carina integrated amplifier is insanely terrific."
Read the full review here: https://www.audiopursuit.com/2023/01/peachtree-carina-integrated-amplifier.html
Carina highlights at a glance:
On sale for $1999.00
Or $3,499.00 with the AMP 500 as a package
The Peachtree Audio preDAC is a preamplifier + DAC based on the incredible nova500 integrated amplifier. The preDAC is, in essence, a nova500 with the amplifier section removed - but with key upgrades. Like the nova500, the preDAC is a differential (aka balanced) audio design that provides exceptional immunity from noise/interference and keeps the audio signal as far above the noise floor as possible. The preDAC features a dedicated power supply, superior signal-to-noise ratio, balanced XLR outputs (in addition to single-ended RCA) and even better headphone amp performance.
The preDAC provides the same input flexibility as our nova integrateds:
- USB-B for a computer
- USB-A for an iOS device
- coaxial digital
- 2 optical digital
- 2 configurable analog inputs including MM phono
- Home Theater Bypass
- LOOP feature to insert equalization, room correction, or other signal processing into the signal chain
- Available on black or mocha finishes to match the AMP 500
500 watts per channel power amp deal
500 watts per channel has never looked or sounded this good!
The first review is a rave and they sum with:
"Maybe I should have known how impressive the Peachtree amp500 would perform in my system with multiple speakers. But, I wasn’t prepared. The British have a great word that is absolutely fitting, “gobsmacked”. No matter what music or speakers I threw at the amp500, this sexy oval dynamo delivers beyond all expectations. Yes, I’m finding a way to keep the Peachtree amp500, it’s an absolute steal!"
The full review can be read here:https://www.audiopursuit.com/2020/03/peachtree-audio-amp500.html