January 21, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
It would be easy to pooh-pooh your PC as a true stereo system because chances are, even if you’ve got thousands of songs stored on it, your computer speakers don’t do justice to your digital music collection.
Peachtree Audio wants to change all that, and give you a mini audiophile-worthy sound system for your desktop. One of the keys is the company’s first set of speakers, the DS4.5, to deliver clarity, detail and plenty of oomph to fill whatever room your computer resides.
The DS4.5 isn’t your average computer speaker from the outset—its pedigree comes from parent company Signal Path and its line of Era speakers, and its drivers were designed by Michael Kelly of high-performance speaker manufacturer Aerial Acoustics.
The DS4.5 speakers include a long-throw 4-inch woofer and silk-dome tweeter to deliver plenty of dynamics. The cabinet comes in gloss black or rosewood, and was designed to match the second key component of your audiophile PC system—Peachtree’s Decco integrated amplifier.
The 50-watt-per-channel Decco includes USB inputs and an onboard digital-to-analog converter for routing your digital tunes. As a package, you can get the Decco (individually $799) and DS4.5 pair at $1,199 and save a couple hundred bucks. The DS4.5 as a pair run $599, and they’re up to the task of working as mini monitors too.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.