Primare 15 Series electronics

Equipment+
Categories:
Phonostages,
Integrated amplifiers,
Disc players,
Digital-to-analog converters,
Music servers and computer audio
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Products:
Primare DD15,
Primare I15,
Primare R15,
Primare SC15

It’s easy to lose perspective in audio reviewing, nodding approval to a gizmo that adds a tiny benefit to a system despite costing as much as a reasonably well-specced BMW, but with this system in all its flexible guises and range of options, there is a sense of ‘reasonableness’ permeating the whole venture. None of the options are contradictory, none are best served by taking the cheaper option, and the cheaper option exists either for those with limited resources or don’t feel a burning desire to develop that specific audio component too far. A good performance is had by all no matter which way up you stack the system. It’s not the kind of system that requires a ‘faint’ whiff of bullshit to get behind, either. It’s a pragmatic approach to a pragmatic range of options.

For my part, I’d be happy with the system whichever way it was put together. I began this tiptoe through Primare’s nursery slopes by saying the options exemplify the concept of “different paths up the same mountain”, but that’s not entirely accurate. “Your Mileage May Vary” is the best description of how Primare’s 15 system fits your requirements, and thus far none of the array of options is out of place or too confounding. In other words, if you want to keep your options open and have all of those options sound good, don’t be surprised if all your electronics end up with a Primare logo on the front.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DD15 CD Transport

Digital Outputs: 1 × RCA; 1 × TOSLINK

Control: C25 remote control; RS232; IR in/out; Trigger in/out

Colour Options: Black or Titanium

Dimensions (W×D×H): 350 × 329 × 73 mm 

Weight: 6.5 kg 

Price: £1,140

SC15 Network Player DAC

Digital Inputs: 3 × TOSLINK (192 kHz/24 bit); 1 × RCA (192 kHz/24 bit); 
1 × 3,5 mini-plug (192 kHz/24 bit); 1 × USB-B (up to PCM 768 kHz/32 bit; DSD 256/11.2 MHz)

Digital Output: 1 × RCA (analog in = 48 kHz out; digital in = pass-through)

Analogue Inputs: 1 pair RCA, 1 3.5mm analogue/digital

Analogue Output:1 pair RCA, switchable LINE or PRE

Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz +0.1/-0.6dB Signal to Noise: > 90dB 

Audio Formats: WAV, LPCM, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG, DSD;

Wired Prisma Inputs: USB-A, LAN (up to 192 kHz/24 bit; DSD 128/5.6 MHz)

Wireless Inputs: Bluetooth®, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Chromecast built-in

WLAN: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant; 2.4/5g Hz b, g, n mode

WiSA:  24/48–96 kHz high-resolution wireless speaker connection 

Control: C25 remote control; RS232; IR in/out; Trigger out; 

Colour Options: Black or Titanium

Dimensions (H×W×D): 73 × 350 × 329mm 

Weight: 6.4 Kg 

Price: £1,350

R15 Phono Preamp

MM/MC: moving magnet and moving coil

Gain adjustment: up to 45db MM and 65db MC 

Load adjustment: capacitive and resistance 

RCA: 1 × stereo pair input 

Colour Options: Black or Titanium

Dimensions (W×H×D): 350 × 73 × 339mm

Weight: 6.5 Kg 

Price: £900

I15 Amplifier

Output Power: 2 × 60 watts @ 8 Ω; 2 × 100 watts @ 4 Ω Analog Input: 1 pair RCA

Analog Output: 1 pair RCA, switchable LINE or PRE Frequency Response: 10 Hz–20 kHz, -0.5dB

THD + N: < 0.05%, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 10 watts @ 8 Ω 

Signal to Noise: > 80dB 

Control: C25 remote control; RS232; IR in/out; Trigger out 

Colour Options: Black or Titanium 

Dimensions (H×W×D): 73 × 350 × 329mm 

Weight: 6.4 Kg 

Price: £1,150
 

Manufacturer: Primare 

URL: primare.net

UK Distributor: Karma AV 

URL: karma-av.co.uk 

Tel: +44(0)1423 358846 

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