heard it over and over again since the early days of Napster: downloaded and compressed music files sound terrible.
“Not so,” says David Solomon from Signal Path, manufacturers of the Peachtree Audio Decco. “Compressed audio has its problems, but cheaply designed soundcards and plastic computer speakers are at more fault than the digital music format. Bypass the soundcard in your computer and route the digital signal from iTunes, Windows Media Player or any other computer music program out a USB port and into the Decco, and even 128kbs files sound fantastic.”
The Peachtree Audio Decco is a 50wpc integrated amplifier that has internal digital to analog converters that process digital audio signals from a host of computer audio devices. Plug it directly to your computer via the USB, or connect products like the Sonos ZP80, slim devices Squeezebox and Apple TV through either the coaxial digital or optical digital inputs. The elegant style-of-life design makes it a perfect solution for master bedrooms, executive offices, or anywhere a 17” hifi component appears out of place or is simply too large. The Decco also has line level inputs for iPods, CDPs and other traditional sources.
A unique feature of the Decco is its ability to house a Sonos ZP80 in a rear bay that positions the ZP80’s terminals flush with the back of the Decco. The customer can hide the ZP80 so only the elegantly designed Decco is seen.
“The Decco meets computer audio enthusiasts at their level,” says Solomon. “They have an investment in thousands of downloads that represent their favorite music, compressed or not. It’s up to the audio specialists to show them how to make that music *sound better* or they will lose those customers forever. What’s truly amazing is the millions of consumers who have hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars tied up in their iTunes collections…and they listen to all of it through $129 plastic speaker setups. If there was ever a target market just waiting to be addressed, this is it.”
For more information, stop by CEDIA booth SR-4m.