Primare debuts Prisma CD35 network player and I35 Prisma stereo amplifier

posted on Friday, 15th June 2018 by Steve May

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Primare has launched its first Prisma network models, specifically the I35 Prisma integrated amplifier/network player and CD35 Prisma CD/network player. The Prisma platform offers network playback from stored and streamed media, along with multiroom/multi-zone operation, managed through a dedicated Prisma app.

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The I35 Prisma integrated amplifier is the first to use the brand’s new UFPD 2 power system, a reworking of Primare’s aUFPD all-analogue Class-D technology, offering 2 x 150 watts (into 8 ohms). In addition to fully balanced analogue input options, the I35 Prisma includes a DAC stage with PCM 768kHz and DSD 256 conversion.

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Built around a Teac CD drive, the CD35 (pictured above) features all-new DAC stage, utilising an ESS Sabre chipset for conversion of music files up to PCM 384kHz and DSD 256. “Each component part of the CD35 Prisma - the drive, the DAC, the output stage, and Prisma connection and control - contributes to what is the best CD player Primare has ever offered,” enthuses Kalle Nordehammer, Primare Product Development.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is standard. Various configurations of CD player and amplifier are available.

The top of the range I35 Prisma amplifier retails for £4,000; the I35 DAC (with analogue and digital inputs, but without Prisma) sells for £3,700. A version of the I35 with analogue inputs, but no DAC or Prisma connectivity is available for £3200. The CD35 Prisma CD player will sell for £2900, or £2550 without Prisma.

The modular nature of each of these configurations allows an I35 or I35 DAC to be updated with DAC and Prisma modules respectively, or CD35 CD player to have the Prisma module added at a later date. All models above include a C25 Primare system remote control, and are available in Black and Titanium finishes.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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