So, I was prepared to pull the trigger on a Peachtree Nova...and then I started looking at the iNova. Now I thought this was just an added iPod dock to the Nova. Which is cool and all, but I could get a transport to get decent digital outs for less than $600.
I did a little more reading and apparently there's more to the iNova than that.
(From their site)
- A higher resolution 32 bit DAC which works up to 24/192 on coax SPDIF. The USB now gives you 24/96 resolution directly from your computer.
- A new redesigned preamp with a Russian 6N1P tube buffer gives the iNova a greater sense of three-dimensional sound and a more detailed soundstage.
- The amp was fitted with upgraded capacitors making the iNova more dynamic and punchier in the bass region.
- The iPod dock allows you to experience PURE DIGITAL sound from your iPod and now digital music sounds like never before.
I'm basically trying to decide if these upgrades are worth an extra $600. My main concern is expansion. I want to get the most out of an SACD player in the future...Will I need the improved DAC for this? Don't know much about SACD (at this point).
I DO know that High Rez music from HD Tracks is 24/96, but is there anything else besides music from HD Tracks that is actually 24/96 right now?
After some research, I realize I could just replace the tubes myself, and the tube they use (6NIP) are dirt cheap ($10 a tube). I may honestly replace them even if I get the iNova.
Anyway, thanks in advance.