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Primare CD35 Prisma

CD player/DAC/network player with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (Titanium)

Item # 244C35PRTI

The CD35 Prisma is one of the most web-savvy high-performance CD players we've seen.

The CD35 Prisma is one of the most web-savvy high-performance CD players we've seen.

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About the Primare CD35 Prisma

A complete digital music player

Primare's CD35 Prisma is a complete digital music player, providing superior playback of CDs, as well as stored and streamed digital media. Both wired and wireless connectivity and control capabilities are handled by Primare's brilliant Prisma network streamer technology.

A complete digital music player

Primare CD35 Prisma with top removed

Thanks to its built-in network player, the CD35 Prisma has more going on under the hood than conventional CD players do.

Primare's CD35 Prisma is a complete digital music player, providing superior playback of CDs, as well as stored and streamed digital media. Both wired and wireless connectivity and control capabilities are handled by Primare's brilliant Prisma network streamer technology.

Attention to every detail, inside and out

Starting with CDs, the CD35 Prisma's high-performance TEAC disc drive supplies a jitter-free signal to the digital output stage, which boasts its own discrete power supply, ensuring that the digital signal sent to the player's DAC is as noise-free as possible.

The DAC is the state-of-the-art ESS ES9028Pro SABRE DAC. This 8-channel DAC chip is used in a double-differential mode here — four DAC channels per stereo channel — resulting in vanishingly low distortion and noise.

The CD35 Prisma's playback combines absolute accuracy with compelling musicality, which you'll experience whether you use the player's balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA outputs to connect to your gear. You can select either fixed or variable volume level for the analog outputs. Choose fixed mode for connecting to a receiver or preamp, while variable mode is the best option for connecting directly to an amplifier or powered speakers.

Primare's Prisma network player does it all, and does it well

Prisma is actually a bundle of technologies that provides a broad range of network music player features and functionality. It makes it easy to discover, explore, and share high-performance music playback, whether the source is stored or streamed, wired or wireless. Whether you're listening to Spotify® or files from your NAS drive, the Prisma control app provides total system management from your mobile device.

The CD35 Prisma also features Chromecast built-in and Apple AirPlay 2®, streaming portals that let you connect directly to hundreds of streaming applications. Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality. It's even possible to enjoy high-res music (up to 24-bit/96kHz) from services like TIDAL and Qobuz. The CD35 Prisma is also Roon Ready (firmware update required).

Stylish sound from Scandinavia

Founded in Sweden in the mid '80s, Primare relies on a talented team of designers to create its innovative high-end audio components. Among audiophiles, their equipment is admired both for its exceptional sound quality and its elegant appearance.


Product highlights:

  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • premium high-performance 32-bit ESS Technology ES9028Pro SABRE DAC
    • 8-channel DAC configured to run in double-differential mode for stereo
  • Prisma network player controls stored and streamed media, whether wired or wireless
  • compatible file types: WAV, LPCM, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG, and DSD
  • TEAC precision disc drive resists vibration and noise
  • custom linear power supply combined with a switching mode standby supply (turned off when in playback mode to minimize noise)
  • discrete analog output stage with a hand selected FET input section
  • ultra-short signal paths with fewer, higher quality parts result in reduced distortion
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • front-panel OLED display
  • remote control
Streaming features:
  • dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for listening to music from a networked PC, free internet radio, and music services (PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz; DSD up to 5.6MHz)
  • free Primare Prisma app for iOS® and Android™ devices offers easy control for playback of stored and streamed media, setup, and settings adjustments
  • provides multi-room, multi-zone control between other Prisma enabled devices
  • Spotify® Connect support (Spotify app and premium account required)
  • Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud via compatible devices and apps, including high-res music (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
  • Apple AirPlay 2® lets you stream directly from an iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac®, or computer
  • built-in Bluetooth® for streaming music from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • Roon Ready: catalog, control, and discover music via subscription-based Roon software (Roon support coming via future firmware update)
  • supports DLNA and UPnP™ (Universal Plug 'n' Play) high-resolution wireless streaming from a Windows or Mac computer, or from a NAS drive
  • 1 stereo balanced XLR analog output
  • 1 stereo unbalanced RCA analog output
  • selectable fixed or variable volume for analog outputs
  • 1 USB Type-A input for connecting a thumb drive (accepts PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz; DSD up to 5.6MHz)
  • 2 Ethernet ports (LAN in/LAN out) for connecting to a home network (accepts PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz; DSD up to 5.6MHz)
  • 1 coaxial digital audio output
  • 1 Toslink optical digital audio output
  • 3.5mm IR remote control in/out can be used with an optional IR repeater system and compatible Primare products
  • 3.5mm 12V trigger in/out allows the CD35 to be switched on from another device, like Primare's I35 integrated amp
  • RS-232 port for use with home automation control systems, like Crestron
  • detachable power cord
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • CD/Network player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (C25)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 Bluetooth/WiFi antennas
  • Two 59" Mono-minijack cables
  • AC polarity pen
  • Thank You Letter
  • Safety And Warning Notification

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Features & specs

Disc Capacity 1
CD Transport Only No
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming No
Random Play N
Direct Track Access Yes
Direct Disc Access N/A
Networking Features
Network Music Streaming Yes
Ethernet Port Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Remote Included
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
Stereo SACD Playback N
CD Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 110 dB
SACD Frequency Response Not Given
SACD Dynamic Range Not Given
SACD THD Not Given
Digital Optical Input No
Digital Coaxial Input No
USB Type-A Input Yes
USB Type-B Input No
Analog RCA Output Yes
Analog XLR Output Yes
Digital Optical Output Yes
Digital Coaxial Output Yes
Headphone Output No

Product Research

CD/USB/Bluetooth Section
Network Audio Section
Control Section

CD/USB/Bluetooth Section

CD35 Prisma: The Primare CD35 Prisma CD/Network player combines a state-of-the-art TEAC dedicated CD drive, all-new reference balanced DAC stage feeding a finely tuned balanced analog output stage (with selectable fixed or variable output), plus Prisma connectivity and control technology to create a complete digital music source. Each component part of the CD35 Prisma (the drive, the DAC, the output stage, and Prisma technology) contributes to an audiophile-grade listening experience.

TEAC 5020A-AT CD Transport: At the heart of CD35 Prisma is a state-of-the-art dedicated TEAC CD drive supplying a jitter-free digital signal to an all-new DAC stage utilizing a superb-sounding eight channel ESS Sabre chipset to convert that signal to analog for delivery to a finely tuned output stage. The TEAC CD 5020A-AT is an isolated transport that is adjustable for precise, smooth tray loading, and low clamp noise. An internal interphase I2S and SPDIF digital audio interface combined with buffered memory is utilized for improved performance.

Note: The CD35 Prisma supports playback of CD-Audio discs; as well as CD-R/CD-RW discs with PCM music files (up to 44.1kHz). Its compatible with 8cm and 12cm discs. Not compatible with SACD or DVD Audio discs.

ESS Sabre ES9028PRO DAC: In order to allow for playback of virtually any digital source with absolute accuracy and musicality Primare selected the state-of-the-art ES9028PRO SABRE digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a 32-bit, 8-channel PRO series DAC based on ESS patented HyperStreamDAC technology for outstanding performance with 129dB dynamic range (DNR), and -120dB total harmonic distortion plus noise (TH+N). The ESS chip is used in a balanced D/A conversion scheme that feeds a discrete analog output stage with a hand selected FET input section.

Custom Linear Power Supply: The Primare CD35 Prisma utilizes a custom linear power supply that is combined with a switch mode standby supply (turned off when in playback mode to minimize noise) to deliver on demand the precise power needed.

Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The Primare CD35 Prisma is outfitted with both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA stereo analog outputs to connect the CD/Network player to your receiver or integrated amplifier. Balanced connections guard against induced noise and allow long cable runs without compromising sound quality. You can select between a Fixed or Variable analog output.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Outputs: The CD35 Prisma 35 is equipped with an optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital outputs that support 16-bit/44.1kHz PCM audio. The optical and coaxial digital outputs to not support Dolby Digital/DTS.

USB-A Port: The Primare CD35 Prisma features a rear-panel USB-A port for connection of a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdriver or hard disk drive (some hard disk drives will require external AC power). Its capable of handling up to 24-bit/192kHz for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, and ALAC Hi-Res music files; up to 128/5.6MHz for DSD lossless audio files, and up to 320kbps/48kHz for MP3, AAC and WMA compressed music files.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Primare CD35 Prisma features built-in Bluetooth with support for wireless music streaming (A2DP), playback control (AVRCP) and multi-device pairing (SSP). The CD35 Prisma CD/Network player can be paired with a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices; including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 33'.

  • Wireless Music Streaming: You are able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the CD35 Prisma CD/Network player. You can use the included remote to control Volume, Play/Pause and Skip functions. All other playback control, search functions, and song/artist/album display will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device.
  • Multi-Device Pairing: Simple Secure Pairing (SSP) allows devices to be paired without entering PIN codes. The CD35 Prisma remembers multiple devices and connects automatically to the last paired device when turned on again. Only one device can be connected to the CD/Network player for playback at a time.
  • The CD/Network player does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.
  • Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the CD35 Prisma.

Network Audio Section

Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Primare CD35 Prisma CD/Network player offers wired and wireless network connectivity. It's outfitted with two Ethernet (RJ45) jacks (LAN In/Lan Out) for a hardwired connection to your network router and a wired daisy-chain network connection to another network enabled device. It also features built-in dual-band 2.4/5GHZ WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) for a wireless connection to your WiFi router. Two antennas are included and must be installed to make a wireless WiFi connection.

Note: A network connection is required for Chromecast Built-In , AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, DLNA/UPnP, and Roon.

AirPlay 2: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) through the Pimare Prisma CD/Network player and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Primare CD 35. In addition, you can watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Primare C35 Prisma.

Note: Make sure the Primare CD35 Prisma CD/Network player has the latest firmware/software update.

Chromecast built-in: Use the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) to enable Chromecast built-in. Chromecast built-in gives you access to hundreds of online music streaming services, internet radio, and podcasts. Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the 24-bit/96kHz sound quality and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended. Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast built-in compatible music app on your Apple iOS or Android OS device to start streaming to the CD35 Prisma CD/Network player. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Chromecast built-in supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files. While you cast your music, you can still use your smartphone to answer a call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room - all without interrupting what's playing on the Primare CD35 Prisma.

  • Music, Radio, & Podcasts: Chromecast built-in lets you play music from popular music services and search by artist, song, genre, album playlist, mood, or activity. You can also listen to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts. Compatible music and internet radio apps include Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, GooglePlay Music, iHeart Radio, YouTube Music, and more (subscriptions and fees will apply). Click here for a complete list of Chromecast built-in compatible apps. You'll also be able to stream your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, and more that are stored on your Android (OS 5.0+) device to the CD35 Prisma. You cannot stream stored content on an Apple iOS device using Chromecast built-in. If you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome web browser to the CD/Network player.
  • Multiroom Audio: Add more Chromecast built-in speakers throughout your home (sold separately) to create a whole house audio experience. You can play the same Chromecast built-in compatible music app (like Tidal, Spotify, or Pandora) on all speakers or groups of speakers in different rooms of your home. You'll be able control the multiroom audio system from the Google Home app on your Apple iOS or Android device, or using the Google Assistant and your voice on a compatible Google Home device.
  • Voice Control (Optional): Purchase a Google Home wireless speaker (sold separately) and gain voice control of compatible Chromecast Built-in music apps. You'll be able to access a specific music app and then select a specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. The CD35 Prisma and your Google Home speaker must be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the CD35 Prisma CD/Network player from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 50 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

Local Network Music Libraries: The Primare CD35 Prisma supports DLNA and UPnP for wireless streaming from a Windows or Mac computer. Its capable of handling up to 24-bit/192kHz for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, and ALAC Hi-Res music files; up to 128/5.6MHz for DSD lossless audio files, and up to 320kbps/48kHz for MP3, AAC and WMA compressed music files. You'll be able to control and browse your computer's local music library from the Prisma app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile device. The Prisma App will also display song title, artist name, album name, and album art.

  • DLNA: The CD35 Prisma is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8/10 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your Windows PC or DLNA compliant NAS through the Prisma app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
  • UPnP: With support for UPnP (Universal Plug-And-Play), you'll be able to effortlessly stream music stored on your Windows PC, Mac computer, NAS drive, or other UPnP compliant device directly to the CD35 Prisma. The network device needs to running a universal plug and play (UPnP) service; free and paid UPnP services are available. Some systems include a built-in version of a UPnP service.

Note: Your digital music files must be stored locally on your computer, NAS drive, or other DLNA/UPnP device.

Roon Ready: Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across the Primare CD35 Prisma and other Roon enabled audio devices. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, and DSD) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also access your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with all the available Prisma and Roon enabled devices. Simply select the music you wish to play and the CD35 Prisma or Roon device in which you want to hear it on.


  • Support for Roon will require a future firmware update (no ETA available)
  • To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Primare CD35 Prisma CD/Network player. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or other device, located on the network within your home.

Control Section

Prisma App: The Prisma app (for Apple iOS 8.1+ and Android OS 4.3+) allows for the configuration and control of virtually all functions of the CD35 Prisma CD player, duplicating and enhancing the front-panel and remote control systems, over your local area network from your compatible mobile device.

  • Configuration & Setup: The app allows you to customize inputs and select media severs, as well as enable or disable inputs, auto-sense input selection, choose between fixed or variable volume output, and adjust individual input gain. You can also manage zones to connect with other Prisma devices round your home. In addition, you can adjust balanced, startup volume, maximum volume, and mute level. You can even adjust the front-panel display's illumination level and enable auto-standby and wake-up on input signal.
  • Control & Playback: From the app you can control input selection, play/pause, previous/next track, random/repeat, volume adjustment and mute. You also have access to stored music files on your local network devices. You can search by artist album, track, title, or even playlist. The app also display track information such as source, duration, bitrate, bit-depth, sampling rate, format, and file size.

Note: The CD35 Prisma and your Apple iOS or Android mobile device must be on the same home network.

Front-Panel Display & Controls: The front-panel display indicates elapsed and remain time. You can switch between elapsed time for the current track or entire disc and reamining time for the current track and entire disc. You can also adjust the brightness level of the display. Front-panel controls include Power On/Off, Play, Skip, Stop, Open, and Menu.

IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Pirmare CD35 Prisma CD/Network player. The IR remote offers the same controls that are located on the front-panel, as well as advanced playback, search, and menu functions.

IR Input/Output: The IR input (3.5mm) and IR output (3.5mm) can be used with an optional IR repeater system (sold separately) and compatible Primare products.

12V Trigger In/Out: The 12V Trigger input/output (3.5mm) allows you to syncrhonize the CD35 Prisma CD/Network player's power on/off with other components that also features a 12V Trigger input/output.

RS232 Port: The RS232 port allows you to connect the CD35 Prismas CD/Network player to a third-party home automation control systems, such as Crestron (sold separately).

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Do you need a power amp to operate?
[ Daniel  Sep 24, 2022 ]
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That's right, Daniel! The CD35 has no onboard power, so you will need to pair it with a high quality integrated amp or power amp. Something like the Primare I15 Stereo integrated in the link below would be a great choice if you have other sources as input. If you have hard to drive or large speakers and strictly want the CD35 as your only source you can go big with the A35.2 in the second link!
[ Bo  Sep 24, 2022 ]  Staff

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