PRIMARE SHIPS NEW PRISMA MODELS WITH ROON CAPABILITY

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by Jay Garrett

21st July, 2018

PRIMARE SHIPS NEW PRISMA MODELS WITH ROON CAPABILITY

Primare has started shipping its first Prisma models including the I35 Prisma integrated amplifier/network player and CD35 Prisma CD/network player, stacked with new Primare technologies.

The latest models made available by the Swedish audio-visual manufacturer feature Prisma. Prisma is Primare’s new whole-home, high-fidelity control and connectivity solution.

Terry Medalen, Marketing at Primare told StereoNET:

Just as a prism provides a complete spectrum of colours from a single point of light, Prisma provides a complete spectrum of system management from a single point of control,

The Prisma platform offers network playback from stored and streamed media, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Furthermore, it enables multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control. Naturally, this is all slickly managed via an app on your choice of smart device.

To top it off, following Roon's most recent update, any Chromecast compatible product which includes Primare’s Prisma products, can now feature as a Roon endpoint.

The Roon update also brings the latest version of its MQA Core Decoder.

Medalen continued:

We have been looking forward to this for some time, as it confirms our belief in Chromecast built-in as one of the most effective ways for us to achieve our goal of providing the best possible experience for the greatest number of people to explore, discover, and share music. “To be clear, our Prisma models are Roon ‘capable’, allowing for playback of files and TIDAL (including MASTERS/MQA files) from Roon up to Chromecast’s bandwidth limit of 24/96kHz, after connecting the Prisma product to the network by way of the Google Home application.

I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

The I35 Prisma integrated amplifier is the first to use Primare's new UFPD 2 power system. This is touted as a radical reworking of Primare’s award-winning UFPD all-analogue Class-D technology.

Handing the unit 2 x 150 watts through 8 ohms of absolutely linear amplification, the I35 Prisma promises naturally fast, clean and agile sound across the entire audible bandwidth. Additionally, there are fully balanced analogue input options, and a full-featured DAC stage enabling PCM 768kHz and DSD 256 conversion.

Bent Nielsen of Primare added:

Primare will only bring out new product when we feel we can substantially improve upon existing models, and now with UFPD 2 we feel we have a power platform that realises the full potential of Class-D technology.

CD35 Prisma CD Player

A state-of-the-art TEAC CD drive along with Prisma technology makes the CD35 Prisma CD player a complete digital music source.

It also packs an all-new DAC stage that employs the ESS Sabre chipset for conversion of music files up to PCM 384kHz and DSD 256. This feeds a finely-tuned balanced analogue output stage.

Kalle Nordehammer, Product Development at Primare added:

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,

Primare also told us they would continue working towards the goal of native Roon and MQA functionality in upcoming modules for Prisma products, but in the meantime, it’s pleased to be able to offer the remarkable features of Roon in Prisma with Chromecast built-in.

Both Primsa units are available in the UK now. Thanks to its modular construction, the I35 or I35 DAC can be updated with DAC and Prisma modules respectively. Also, the CD35 CD player can have the Prisma module added at a later date.

  • I35 Prisma: £4,000, I35 DAC (analogue and digital inputs, without Prisma): £3700, I35 (analogue only inputs, without DAC or Prisma): £3200
  • CD35 Prisma: £2900, CD35 (without Prisma): £2550

All models include a C25 Primare system remote control, and are available in Black or Titanium finishes.

For more information visit Primare.

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