I know that I am coming into the game late with the peachtree decco 2 but I was looking for a quick and inexpensive way to get better sound from my computer while watching netflix.I did some looking and found the offerings in the less than one thousand dollar theater for dac/peamps quite sparsely populated.The dac magic plus at 649 and the decco model though a bit more was in the area of less than a thosand dollars.Well I was looking at the peachtree website when I saw they were offering a refurbished decco 2 unit for 549 plus shipping with the same one year as new warranty.Well I jumped and purchased the unit about a month ago and have been putting it through its paces as thouroughly as I can.I did see in a review of the nova model that one of the differences were that the nova model upsampled its output to 192 khz and the decco was limited to 24/96 khz on its coax and usb inputs.But given the good price I still think this is a great buy and a great way to enter the computer sound theater.
I bought a pair of emotiva airmotiv 5 powered monitors recently at a10 percent discount sale a couple two three months ago and was looking for a suitable preamp/usb dac to pair with them.
Well i saw the refurbished unit on the peachtree website and thought i could not go wrong at the price.I initially hooked it up to my computer as a usb/dac/preamp and used it with the emotivas.In that area it worked ok given the closeness of my desktop situation in a small second bedroom(pretty small) which I am using to store my cds records,etc.I have my desktop set up in the room as well.It worked ok with the speakers though I wish the room were a bit larger, speakers are only so good when the listening distance from speaker to ear is a mere 42 inches (which is why I wish my bedroom was a bit larger).Oh well it is what it is and I am going to have to live with that.
I have listened to the headphone amp section some with both my grado rs1is and my akg 701s.I do have to agree with the 6moons assessment of the i decco about the akg 701/702 beeing more at home when driven by the burson ha-160 amp. But it does seem to sound pretty good driving the grados.Its use as a headphone amp was only a secondary use the decco 2 was going to be primarily used as a dac/preamp with my powered emotiva monitors.
I recently tried the unit at a friends house as a dac only and I have to say that the dac function of this unit trumps all the other features that this purposefull unit has.It is quite a step up from both my onkyo and older denon universal player that I use.The sound is much more analog like in a sense that it is a lot more resolving than the dedicated dacs on board of either of the cd players.The bass is very impressive sounding and you can listen for hours without any sense of listening fatigue.But I have to say that is not in a sense that anything is missing it seems to be all there but there is a nice sense of roundness to the sound but not a sense of roundness that is lacking in resolution at least to my ears.I think the decco 2 really shines its best as a dedicated dac.
I now hear this beeing the first time that i have listened to a sabre dac in my system what people are saying about them even though this is their entry level offering it still brings a lot to the game.I would like to hear a sabre 32 bit reference dac in my system I think that would be a impressive jump up from the great performing 9006 entry level dac in their line.
well for now I think the decco 2 is a great and easy entry into the computer sound theater.I think you could do a lot worse.
I still could not believe the 400 dollar price that stufaro got his for in january of 2011.Boy I wish that deal was around when i bought mine but it was not.