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Old 24th December 2008, 09:17 AM   #391
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Old 26th December 2008, 06:22 PM   #392
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A belated Merry Christmas to you all

Sorry, as usual I've been totally snow under with work - within the next year you will understand... I cannot say more at this stage...

Well my products – I spent a whole heap of funds on toolings, PCBs etc, and even Staff!!! But I just don’t have the time... So close, yet so far...

However...

The story goes like this - buried deep in China, you get the occasional desperate calls for help - which go something likes this...

John, How you doing.... Err do you have a couple of hours to help a very important customer - He’s had a product developed in China and would like you to check over the product and maybe if you got time visit the Factory and check there QC....

Well say no more, one thing inevitably leads to, I end up re-engineering the product (with my own engineering team & co-designer Dominik Peklo), and overseeing production - and guess what, my own products get delayed... Once again…

Anyway, if you’re interested in a VERY Good little product:-

1x 16Bit USB Input
2x Digital Coax Inputs
2x Optical Inputs
3x Analogue Inputs (One Input with selectable Theatre Direct)

Class A Output on Line output (Direct DAC Output)

Class A Pre-Output (with Remote Controlled Volume), with Selectable (with Bypass) Value (Tube) Cathode follower (E88CC / 6922)

Class A Headphone Output

2x 50W MOSFET (TDA7293) Amplifiers.

When used via the Class A Line Outputs / Class A Pre-Outputs the internal DAC based upon the ESS Sabre DAC sounds better then the Dacapo... And you also get packaged a very reasonable Class A Pre-Amplifier, Class A Headphone Amplifier, and an "OK" Power amplifier - in fact it easily outperforms "separate" systems substantially more expensive – the DAC is really the best intergrated design we’ve heard (apart from our own inhouse designs).

If I where to be Critical and ignoring the Price level, the amplifier section is the weakest link (Obviously Bypassing the Tube). But you can trust me that it still walks all over everything anywhere near its price range (I'm guessing around GBP600 - GBP700). We listen to it against equipment in the 2-3K Price range, which it easily outperforms.

So even if you only purchase for the DAC section alone, you will be extremely happy, and then you have a nice Relay Switch Class A Preamplifier - and Don’t get me wrong, you will enjoy the amplifier...

More news once it’s officially released at CES in a couple of weeks... But the units are now on the production line as I write…

I also just want to say – I have NO financial interest in the product (other then my team & I designed it), so I have no concerns about promoting it here on the forum... Rather it’s a very good replacement DAC for the Dacapo – for those who have lost faith……

Best wishes to all for 2009….

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Old 26th December 2008, 07:30 PM   #393
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Merry Christmas John!

Hope you get the chance to have a little sit down, and relax a little over the holidays!

I understand you are obviously a very busy man, and I know how difficult it is to pin down release dates for products, but I was wondering if you had any further information on your new 64 DAC per channel digital pre-amp Dacapo? I have a space saved for one in my rack, and wondered if you had any idea of when it might be available?

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Old 28th December 2008, 08:56 AM   #394
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Back in Europe for 9 Days - I'm so busy with new designs and insuring new products (unfortunately not my own brand) are ready for CES that we have to return to China on the 30th – We cannot stay in Europe until the New Year to "fatten up"...

The "64 DAC" Dacapo replacement has be put on the shelf, as the Mephisto midrange unit has taken priority - its closer to production (well it’s “BEEN” almost ready since May), just have not had the time to Finalise.

I will make it my New Years resolution to build up and test the PCBs - and push for completion of Casework toolings - I've been much sidetracked over the past 6 months.

If your interested in considering a very good interim unit I’ve just design, and judging by my daily Email reports from China, its just making its way down the production line, then you could consider the Nova :-

Peachtree Audio Nova

We used the ESS Sabre DAC, and although it’s an "Integrated" unit, you have direct access to the Class A DAC outputs, or Via the Class A Pre Amplifier outputs - or even use via the MOSFET Amplifier.....

When used via the "Line Outputs" (Direct DAC Output) it sounds much better than the Dacapo - however you must allow the organic capacitors to warm up - leave powered for an hour. The Sound stage opens up and sounds dare I say " Warmer".

The DAC supports up to 96KHZ, 24Bits, via Optical / SPDIF, or up to 48KHz, 16 Bits via Isolated USB.

As you liked the sound of the Dacapo, I can personally guarantee you will be very happy with the Nova....

I just would like to repeat, that I personally don’t profit from the NOVA, only that I (we, Dominik Peklo and myself) designed the unit to help a friend out….

Best wishes for 2009,

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Old 29th December 2008, 02:35 PM   #395
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NOVA: a very nice piece of modern style....
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Old 30th December 2008, 02:40 PM   #396
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The "64 DAC" Dacapo replacement has be put on the shelf
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Old 1st January 2009, 01:11 PM   #397
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Hi naptrel,

We found a method to increase to DACs!!! per channel to over 1000, so the eventual Dacapo replacement will be even better then the 64 DAC version,

Sorry for the dalay once again - but the new design will be even better,

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Old 1st January 2009, 01:31 PM   #398
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beatt2c,

Are you using the clock-lock card (2 cables between cardinal and Dacapo) - if so, have you connected correctly?

If you’re only using a standard single connection SPDIF - have you tried a different transport?

loris.p,

Thanks, the Nova styling is based closely on the Original Peachtree Audio designed "Decco" - just modified a little to ease production - with new toolings for light guides etc and more functions.

Internally however, the design is completely new using the new ESS DAC, Class A Line, Pre and Headphone outputs, and MOSFET’s Power amplifiers.... Also the output power is closer to 60W to 70W per channel into 8 Ohms then my earlier stated 50W.

On the Nova, the ESS DAC can be selected for Fast or Slow roll-off via the rear panel. What’s interesting is that the difference is not as noticeable as when selecting Fast or Slow Roll-off digital filters on say the Wolfson or Crystal DAC’s…. In fact we had to confirm that the software was configuring the DAC chip correctly via FFT, as during the brief listening we had between the filter modes, we could hardly tell the difference… maybe we need a better pair of speakers or different types of music...

John
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Old 3rd January 2009, 09:03 PM   #399
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I picked up a broken one of these for £20. Got it working and I have to say it is one of the best CD players I have ever heard. I have been told that John W designed the DAC?

The version I have has AudioPartnership stamped on all the boards. Sadly there appears to be no info on this player on the net.
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Old 4th January 2009, 01:38 PM   #400
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Hi again John,

Seems that you are being kept very busy indeed!

I too am sorry to hear that the replacement Dacapo has been shelved for the time being, but obviously very excited that you are still considering its replacement sometime in the future.

I presume then that we shall see the Mephisto range appear sometime this year (keep visiting the Lake West website expecting to see something new on there ), and that when that is all sorted and out and barring further interuptions (which are bound to occur!), the Dacapo will make an appearance sometime after?

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