Wednesday, May 11, 2016

AUDIO Quality HELP: A LOT! For A Little


What: a few solutions to the rather stunning drop in audio quality between the wired, turntable-preamp, receiver, speakers (etc) based audio systems of yesterday-and the current streaming audio experiences of today...

Peachtree Audio's  engineering team out of Canada is tasked with building the best sounding-feature rich products in North America.. Some fruits of those integrated amplifiers showed off recently in Manhattan...the nova150.
Piano Black, Natural Santos Rosewood, or Gloss Ebony (pictured) finishes available...NOVA150 available on pre-order $1499
The input button on the front panel for a soon to be released optional Wi-Fi module allows for streaming audio directly into the nova without the need for connecting any wires. Until then, can easily connect any type of Wi-Fi enabled audio devices to enjoy the wonderful world of streaming audio. Some of the best solutions  any Wi-Fi enabled computer or iDevice, the Apple TV (3rd generation), the SONOS Connect, and the Google Chromecast Audio. (see below...Optical, Coax and USB inputs
Stereo Exchange-One of the original NYC high-end audio retailers

The nova150 and nova300 utilize the highly regarded ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference D AC. The 9018 D AC is capable of accepting an extremely wide range of inputs all the way up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.2MHz DSD (double- DSD). The DAC exhibits exemplary dynamic range, jitter elimination and low noise characteristics to satisfy even the most demanding listeners. As seen above...loads of digital audio inputs...
 a moving magnet (MM) phono input for direct connection from a turntable, which also doubles as a line-level input if needed, a dedicated asynchronous USB connection on the rear panel that provides a direct digital wired connection to Apple Lightning equipped devices, and the new novas include an extremely useful loop (output/input) feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path as desired.
There is a volume bypass feature on the digital inputs-if you want to control the volume via smartphone vs Peachtree Audio remote control
THE 411: Highlights (from the website)
  • ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC
  • 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility
  • New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel
  • Extensive internal grounding
  • Designed by a world-class engineering team
  • Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs
  • Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Home Theater Bypass
  • Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path
  • Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier
  • Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced
  • Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black
  • Made in North America
  Wireless over the ear headphones ...common sight on mass transit...

 FROM MONSTER Products...the 24K™ Rose Gold headphones  $299.95-dazzled media types at a recent showcase.

The 411: 
  • Pure Monster Sound in 24k™
  • Professional DJ-Style Swiveling Earcups
  • Iconic Design
  • Super Plush Cushions
  • Advanced Audio Technology
  • ControlTalk Universal™ In Line Controls-switch between songs- to incoming calls (and back)
  • Only at Monster®

THE SOLUTION: So 'simple' yet so genius...BUDSTRAPS $9.95 - banishes tangled earbuds forever...
2 clips on either side of the neck strap... for earbuds and about an inch or 2- of the cord on each side prevents tangles . The strap rests around the neck is featherweight...will soon come in colors/patterns....