NuPrime in New Zealand.
All about the awesome NuPrime range of DACs and Digital amplifiers.
We're thrilled to be able to bring you the NuPrime products. As longtime NuForce enthusiasts it was only natural for us to contact Jason Lim and ask if we could represent his new enterprise in New Zealand - previously we'd had to operate via a distributor company which was both inefficient and costly. Now the NuPrime range comes to us directly and we've been tasked to do the best possible job for you in New Zealand.
In 2017 NuPrime now have a comprehensive range of models that cover both music, surround sound and multichannel. And there is more to come. You'll see that NuPrime, while being primarily active in Digital do have some excellent new analogue components. Every model from entry level upwards offers you a happy mix of both exceptional value and performance.Browse through our pages to learn more.
NEW - The NuPrime MCH-K38 8 channel power amplifier
This may well be our best amplifier of any description. We get all technical in this review and look closely at exactly what makes this design tick and examine all the ins and outs of bridging, especially how to make the most of things when you've got so many channels to play with. The MCH-K38 is awesomely powerful with the potential to send 800 watts to each of your speakers. Find out how to make the most of this here.
NuPrime 9 Series components
The new 9 Series components now in stock - the super affordable DAC-9, HPA-9 preamp and ST-9 power amp sound brilliant either in combination or as separates.Drop us a line to find out more.
The IDA-16 Integrated Digital amplifier
was the first product to be released under the NuPrime banner. A seriously powerful 200 watts per channel of power combined with state of the art digital conversion, the IDA-16 has several surprises in store for you - including analogue inputs.
We have come to the conclusion that the IDA-16 can't be pigeon-holed as a 'digital' product. Regardless of your most favoured format, this is a new amplifier that really demands your attention and offers remarkable value for those who appreciate the best of both analogue and digital. Learn more about the IDA-16 here. Right now it's on special at just NZ$3350
The NuPrime DAC-10 NZ$2500 - Not only is it a state of the art DAC with resolution levels we've only be able to dream about - it also features two analogue inputs and a seriously competent preamplifier with both RCA and balanced outputs. From the first moment we switched the DAC-10 on just a few weeks ago, it was immediately apparent that this is a fantastic sounding device, far better than any we have heard previously. But what is really exciting is the combination of value for money, flexibility and performance it offers. The DAC-10 dramatically improves the performance of all digital sources - disc based, on computer or wireless - and this alone makes it compelling. Add to this the fact that it is a brilliant analogue preamplifier that you can play components such as your turntable system though and you'll start to see the possibilities for both upgrading and simplifying your system. Learn more here.
The ST-10 stereo power amplifier NZ$2600 - is if anything undersold being described by NuPrime as 'near-reference'. It is derived directly from the flagship Reference 20 power amplifiers and while lower in rated power output than the IDA-16, the reality is it higher up the audio quality food chain with a more advanced power supply greater resolution and a richer sound. As a combination, the DAC-10 and ST-10 occupy the same footprint as the IDA-16 but take performance to the next level again.
It's a startlingly good product that upends many firmly held beliefs as to how a power amplifier should be. '...over the years I've reviewed and used plenty of digital power amplifiers from Bel Canto, Wyred4Sound, April Music, and others, and I appreciate what a well-designed model can bring to a system. And it happens that the ST-10 is the best digital power amplifier I've heard to date." More detail on this review from the Absolute Sound here.
The IDA-8 NZ$1600 - is NuPrime's newest Integrated amplifier and delivers on the promise of being every bit as innovative as its stablemates. Now in stock, the IDA-8 is pegged as being NuPrime's entry level integrated amplifier.
With 100 watts per channel, a full suite of digital inputs including bluetooth, analogue and sub-out, there is plenty to look forward to. Is it be even better than our favorite Quad Vena?How does it compare to the IDA-16? We answer these and many other questions on our just published page here.
At the other end of the NuPrime range the little NZ$350 uDSD Dac and headphone amp is a minor miracle. Superficially derived from the NuForce uDAc, this diminuative component is just as well built as the DAC-10 and delivers a level of performance far higher than the price point suggests. Supporting the latest high-resolution music formats,the NuPrime uDSD, is capable of decoding sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to an astonishing 384kHz (PCM) as well as native DSD decoding ranging from DSD 64 up to DSD 256. It's a USB DAC, it's a headphone amplifier and can connect to both conventional amplifiers, active powered speakers and even power amplifiers. It's DSD capable, has class leading resolution and can even convert from USB to coaxial digital. Connect it with good quality cables, plug in your best headphones and prepare to be impressed. An absolute essential for anyone with an expanding high resolution library on their laptop.
New Zealand $ pricing February 2017 - includes GST and delivery
NEW - MCH-K38 Reference LE 8 Channel power amplifier NZ$4500
DAC-9 DAC and preamp NZ$1250
HPA-9 Headphone amp, phono stage & preamp NZ$1100
STA-9 120 watt Stereo power amp (bridgeable to 280w) NZ$1100
IDA-16 integrated amplifier 200 watts NZ$3350
IDA-8 integrated amplifier 100 watts NZ$1600
DAC-10 DAC and preamp NZ$2500
DAC-10H DAC, headphone amp and preamp NZ$3000
ST-10 stereo power amplifier 150 watts NZ$2600
uDSD DAC NZ$350
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