Thursday, September 15, 2011

Peachtree Audio Grand Pre

Today, Peachtree Audio announced their new flagship asynchronous preamp/DAC, the Grand Pre, the first in a series of “Grand” products (a power amplifier and an all-in-one integrated amplifier will come later) and the first Peachtree component to have its design, final assembly, and final QC all take place in the US.

The Grand Pre will utilize an ESS Sabre32 9018 D/A chip and will provide a wealth of digital inputs: 24/192-compatible USB, two coaxial, two optical, and one BNC. According to the press release, a Bascom King tube buffer circuit will employ 12AX7 tubes and is meant to “rejuvenate average recordings and compressed music sources like Pandora and Spotify.” Like Peachtree’s Nova and iDecco, the Grand Pre can be used in pure solid-state or hybrid tube mode.

The price has not been determined, but the company is shooting for somewhere around $3000–$3500. The Peachtree Grand Pre will make its debut at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, to be held on October 14 through 16, in Denver, Colorado.