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Primare PRE35 Prisma

Stereo preamplifier with built-in DAC, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth® (Titanium)

Item # 244PR35PTI

What does a full-featured stereo preamp look like in 2020? Primare's PRE35 Prisma is an outstanding example.

What does a full-featured stereo preamp look like in 2020? Primare's PRE35 Prisma is an outstanding example.

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About the Primare PRE35 Prisma

The control center of a no-compromise audio system

Primare's PRE35 Prisma preamplifier is an exceptional system control center, providing endless ways to enjoy all of your 2-channel music. For digital music sources there's an excellent DAC section, along with one of the most complete and well-thought-out network players we've seen. The PRE35 Prisma's back panel bristles with a comprehensive array of connections including both XLR and RCA inputs and outputs.

The control center of a no-compromise audio system

Primare's PRE35 Prisma preamplifier is an exceptional system control center, providing endless ways to enjoy all of your 2-channel music. For digital music sources there's an excellent DAC section, along with one of the most complete and well-thought-out network players we've seen. The PRE35 Prisma's back panel bristles with a comprehensive array of connections including both XLR and RCA inputs and outputs.

About the only thing this preamp lacks is a turntable input, and vinyl fans can fix that by adding Primare's R35 phono preamp, which is an ideal match, both sonically and visually. And if your system is based on conventional sources like a CD player, consider the analog-only PRE35 preamp, which lacks the DAC and network player.

The PRE35 Prisma deserves to be used with high-quality amplification, and it achieves a special synergy when paired with Primare's powerhouse A35.2 amplifier.

A preamp/DAC offers many advantages

The PRE35 Prisma handles the tasks of a conventional preamp — selecting and switching among your music sources — with precision and ergonomic ease. The carefully crafted fully balanced circuit design keeps signal paths as short as possible, resulting in exceptionally low noise and distortion.

By placing the DAC in the same case as the preamp, you save on the cost of interconnect cables while keeping the signal cleaner. The PRE35 Prisma's built-in high-performance 32-bit AKM DAC was engineered with the latest audio processing. Feed it digital signals from your CD player or Blu-ray player and enjoy a level of clarity and detail you may not have experienced before. If streamed or downloaded music is a big part of your listening, you'll love the easy access that Prisma provides.

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 PRE35 Prisma also features Chromecast built-in, a streaming portal that lets 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 PRE35 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.

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Product highlights:

  • fully balanced stereo preamplifier with digital and analog inputs to handle a variety of music sources
  • premium high-performance AKM AK4497EQ DAC plays high-res digital music files (PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz; DSD up to 11.2MHz)
    • compatible file types: WAV, LPCM, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG, and DSD
  • Primare Prisma network player controls stored and streamed media, whether wired or wireless
  • WiSA wireless network speaker connection system (24-bit/96kHz)
  • 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® lets you stream directly from an iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac®, or computer running iTunes® (AirPlay 2 support coming via future firmware update)
  • 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
Connections:
  • 6 digital audio inputs (accepts PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz; DSD up to 5.6MHz)
    • 4 Toslink optical
    • 2 coaxial
  • 1 USB Type-B input for connecting a PC or Mac (accepts PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz; DSD up to 11.2MHz)
  • 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
  • 2 stereo balanced XLR analog inputs
  • 3 stereo unbalanced RCA analog inputs
  • 2 stereo balanced XLR analog outputs
  • 2 stereo unbalanced RCA analog outputs (one line out w/fixed volume for dubbing; one pre-out w/volume control for connecting an amplifier or powered subwoofer)
  • 3.5mm IR remote control in/out can be used with an optional IR repeater system and compatible Primare products
  • 3.5mm 12V trigger output allows the I35 Prisma to switch on other devices, such as Primare's DD35 CD transport
  • RS-232 port for use with home automation control systems, like Crestron
  • detachable power cord
Dimensions and specifications:
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.01%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • 16-15/16"W x 4-3/16"H x 16-9/16"D
  • weight: 24.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PRIS30PRE35PRSMTTM

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Features & specs

General
Signal to Noise Ratio 105
THD 0.01%
Number of Inputs 11
USB Connections Type-B/Type-A
Ethernet Connections 2
Phono Inputs None
Preamp Outputs 4
Network Streaming Services via Chromecast
Bluetooth Built-in
AirPlay Compatible AirPlay 2
Dimensions
Width (inches) 17
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Depth (inches) 16-5/8
Weight (pounds) 24.9
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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