Swedish Hi-Fi design house Primare introduce a new trio of components featuring Primare Prisma streaming functionality.
Newly released, the I15 and I35 integrated amplifiers are joined by the CD35 CD Player; collectively they represent Primare’s new trio of components which feature their proprietary Primare Prisma streaming connectivity solution.
Let’s take a look at Prisma’s functionality, as well as the exciting new units which take advantage of the powerful functionality Prisma offers….
Primare Prisma is Primare’s newly released solution to the demands of today’s customers, looking for fully integrated network streaming. Primare Prisma allows owners of Prisma equipped components to enjoy media stored locally, as well as enjoying streaming media.
Primare Prisma operates via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and allows for full multi-room and multi-zone control and connectivity. Prisma’s comprehensive wireless control is delivered via the Prisma app, which enables you to manage Prisma from your mobile device of choice.
I15 Integrated Amplifier
The Primare I15 integrated amplifier represents Primare’s entry solution to Prisma equipped integrated amplification. Utilising Primare’s UFPD (Ultra Fast Power Device) technology for the power amplifier topology ensures a powerful (2×75 Watts), compact and highly energy efficient output stage.
The I15 is very much geared up to be the digital hub of your system, with extensive digital connectivity forming the bulk of the I15’s ‘pre-amplifier’; a pair of analogue in/out is provided, however, for those still wishing to connect a traditional analogue source.
I35 Integrated Amplifier
Primare’s I35 Integrated amplifier was the first to use UFPD power amplifier topology, and in the I35 it generates a hefty 2×150 Watts of muscle! The I35 is available as a conventional integrated amplifier, as well as full Primare Prisma equipped model; as such it benefits from an extensive analogue preamplifier section.
Analogue inputs are via two pairs of balanced, XLR inputs, along with three pairs of unbalanced RCA connectors. Optional cards endow the I35 with DAC functionality via multiple S/PDIF inputs and USB connectivity for direct computer streaming.
It’s with the addition of the Primare Prisma interface, however, that the I35 truly comes alive as an analogue and digital hub of any Hi-Fi system. Few Integrated Amplifiers can offer the breadth of connectivity and sheer muscle of the Primare I35
CD35 CD Player
As far as digital sources go, Primare’s CD35 CD Player has a lot to offer, especially when fitted with the optional Primare Prisma interface card. The CD35 Prisma CD player showcases a brand new DAC stage which features that current staple of High-End DAC duties, the ESS Sabre chipset.
The high-performance DAC facilitates the conversion of up to PCM 384 kHz and DSD 128 which is then fed into a delicately tuned and precisely balanced analogue output stage. As with other Primare Prisma equipped devices, supported file formats include WAV, LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG, and DSD.
It’s entirely plausible to consider that the Primare CD35 could become your main and only component source; and with the optional Prisma upgrade, it represents a truly future-proofed source, capable of giving many years of listening pleasure.