The Best of the New
“The Decco is really cool because it comes from a high-end audio company that’s embracing the iPod from the iPod side of things,” Robbins said. “They’re the first company to build the DAC (digital-to-analog converter) directly into the amplifier for higher-quality sound. It’s good to see a strong company doing something different.”
The Decco ($799), which just began shipping late last month, plugs directly into such devices as a computer, Sonos, Squeezebox or satellite radio tuners and optimizes the sound of digital music files. Peachtree is a division of Signal Path International, a five-year-old company based in Bellevue, Wash., that also produces the Era small-footprint speakers (which combine with the Decco for a strong solution, dealers said), Musical Fidelity audio components, and Sona Design flat-panel frames and credenzas.
David Solomon, one of the founders of Signal Path, echoed what Robbins said about embracing the iPod generation and turning on down-loaders both young and old to better sounding MP3 files. “I’ve seen a decline in the number of people walking through (specialty) retailers’ doors because we’re not speaking their language when we’re discussing audio. We’ve been telling the download generation to come up to our level,” Solomon said. “It’s a brick wall that the industry built. We have to go down to their level.”