The PeachTree Sona DAC, Amp and Shift Portable – CES 2015

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New things, new things!

Budget-friendly Peachtree Audio was out and about within the Venetian, doing that thing that they have always done so well – keeping things real in a audiophile world gone crazy. This time around the goods fell in line around more compact options. The first of which was the new portable headphone amplifier and phone companion called Shift. This leather-bound micro amp offers a very well thought out feature set.

The preliminary rundown includes both Apple Lighting and Android USB compatibility, high resolution and DSD, 8 hours of playback and phone charging to boot. There is a variable output switch to widen the range of applicable headphones and also a fixed or variable line level output. Its all sums well to a very nice collection of options for the $399 asking price. Availability begins in April.

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For desktop applications the new Sona line follows suit for those with a little more real estate to spare. The mid sized sonaDAC includes a Sabre DAC chipset with a more full sized headphone output. Much of the same options will exist from the Shift, but beefed up to include more traditional connections from gear. The SonaDAC is shooting for an estimated $1499 ticket price when it launches.

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The matching sonaAMP pushes a mighty 150 watts at 8 ohms out to loudspeakers via either balanced or unbalanced inputs. The new amp will retail for an estimated $999. All good things from a company known for getting listeners up off the couch and into the hifi hobby.

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