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Carina Amplifier with DAC
Fully balanced circuitry, New generation hypex amplification – 300W RMS per channel at 8 ohms and 580W RMS at 4 ohms, Dual ESS 9068 Sabre DACs in dual-mono mode, MQA decoding, headphone output, USB, (2) Coax, Optical input, I2s input & Bluetooth 5.0.
Carina Amplifier with DAC


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What is Carina?

Carina is Peachtree Audio's new flagship integrated amplifier. It combines several of the sound quality enhancements introduced in the nova500 with the power and price point of the nova300. It is Peachtree Audio's first product with the critically acclaimed Hypex N-Core amplifier technology built-in. Carina also brings several new features to a Peachtree amplifier for the first time.

Why Peachtree Audio made Carina

Very simply, to establish a new benchmark for integrated amplifiers at its price. Our ongoing testing of available technologies identified a combination of DAC, preamplifier and power amplifier technologies that worked extremely well together to create an exceptional listening experience at a reasonable price. Carina is an easy-to-use, highly transparent integrated amplifier that drives a wide range of speakers (and headphones!) with ease, and accepts up to 6 digital inputs including Bluetooth.

Carina highlights


  • Two ESS 9068 DAC chips, dual mono (one for the left channel, one for the right channel).
  • Accepts HD audio input up to 768k PCM and 512k DSD.
  • Selectable digital filter settings including oversampling on/off
  • Full MQA decoding on ALL inputs
  • I2S input


  • Fully balanced analogue circuitry from the DACs to the power and headphone amplifiers.
  • High-performance, hybrid volume control (combination analogue resistor ladder/digital attenuation)
  • User selectable all-digital volume control option
  • Bluetooth 5.0 input with HD audio decoding


  • 300 watts-per-channel Hypex NCore power amplifier driving the speaker outputs
  • Fully-balanced headphone amplifier with a 4.4mm T/R/R/S output (1/4“ unbalanced output also provided)


  • Timeless Peachtree Audio industrial design crafted out of aluminium, wrapped in real wood, and finished in gloss ebony mocha or piano black
  • High-quality OLED front panel display with an intuitive dual knob user interface
  • Trigger input for power on/off control from another device
  • Hand-held remote control with integrated commands for Bluesound devices (NODE, VAULT, etc.)

How does Carina sound?

It is our best sounding integrated amplifier to date, period. Even better than the highly regarded nova500, the Grand Integrated and the classic nova and decco amplifiers that have come before. To celebrate this achievement Peachtree Audio have broken with tradition and given it a unique name: Carina. Carina is a name in the Italian language that roughly translates to “pretty" and is derived from the Latin word Carus that means “beloved." Peachtree Audio are confident that Carina looks and performs better than anything else in its price range - and many products that cost significantly more - and that Carina will earn a place in your heart and mind, too!

How does Carina compare to the nova300?

Simply stated, Carina is better sounding. It has a superior DAC, preamplifier, power amplifier and headphone amplifier. Each of these functions has been upgraded to take advantage of recent technology advancements and integrated in a design with several small but significant enhancements to achieve remarkable sound quality.

Features in Carina that are not available in the nova300
  • Dual DAC chip design
  • HD audio input up to 768k PCM and 512 DSD
  • Full MQA decoding on ALL inputs
  • Fully balanced circuitry from the DACs to the power and headphone amplifiers
  • Fully balanced headphone output
  • High-performance, hybrid volume control (combination analogue resistor ladder/digital attenuation)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 input with HD audio decoding
  • OLED front panel display with large characters
  • Numeric volume control range
  • Trigger input (nova300 has a trigger output)

How does Carina compare to the nova500?

Again, Carina is the better amplifier but the difference here is narrower. The nova500 sounds terrific but Carina edges it out slightly in terms of absolute sonic clarity and transparency in our listening tests.

How does Carina compare to the preDAC+GaN 400?

The GaN Stack is our benchmark for sound, but Carina gets closer to that benchmark than any of our integrated amplifiers. The GaN400 power amplifier is one of the best power amplifiers ever made (regardless of type) and the GaN Stack stands as our best sounding amplifier solution. But if price is a critical factor, Carina is the answer.