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NuPrime in New Zealand

All about the awesome NuPrime range of DACs and Digital amplifiers. The NuPrime range covers music and surround. Every model from affordable entry level through to reference level offers you a happy mix of both exceptional value and performance. “These really are amazing.”

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 2018 NuPrime now have a comprehensive range of models that cover both music, surround sound and multichannel. Browse through our pages to learn more. You’ll see that NuPrime, while being primarily active in Digital do have some excellent new analogue components. Every model from affordable entry level upwards offers you a happy mix of both exceptional value and performance. NuPrime’s new flagship model – the Evolution One Mono power amplifier – sets new standards in audio fidelity, originality of design and value. In short, we think they sound absolutely amazing and  if there were ever a product to stretch yourself for, these new amplifiers are it.

The NuPrime AMG PRA analogue preamplifier.

In Part One of our review of the NuPrime AMG PRA analogue preamplifier we find that in performance gained for the end cost, this is one of the very best choices for analogue enthusiasts. NuPrime have dug deeply, with both lessons learned from previous designs and new innovative approaches to deliver a genuinely high end component that’s still broadly compatible and affordable.

Nativ Vita, Nuprime Evolution DAC/preamplifier and mono power

Understanding Nuprime

Your guide to the NuPrime range, and how to select the right component or system. Rather than a general ‘how to’ article about audio in general we’re going to focus on one brand – NuPrime – not just to illustrate the selection process and priorities but to also provide some insight as to where things are heading. And at the end of this article you’ll also find a series of recommended systems and package deals…

NuPrime Evolution DAC and preamplifier

Unknown Pleasures & the NuPrime Evolution DAC and preamplifier

The story of the NuPrime Evolution DAC is very much about unknown pleasures – in what it has revealed so far from recordings we know, to what the future still holds as we further improve the system around it, as the Evolution DAC continues to run in, and as our renewed enthusiasm for new music takes us to places unknown. Are you ready to come with us?

NuPrime Evolution power amplifiers at Totally Wired

NuPrime ‘Evolution One’ Mono Power Amplifiers

NuPrime’s flagship model – the Evolution One Mono power amplifier sets new standards in audio fidelity, originality of design and value. We think they sound absolutely amazing and believe that… as an instrument to transport you to the heart of music, they are well worth stretching and saving for. Let’s find out how we got to this point…

NuPrime DAC10 digital to analogue preamp at Totally Wired

NuPrime DAC-10…awesome analogue & digital goodness – NZ$2750

Designed to be the heart of an audio system, NuPrime’s DAC-10 high resolution Digital to Analogue converter with DSD is also a high end preamplifier with analogue inputs capable of matching with the most demanding power amplifiers. The DAC10 will make just about any system we’ve helped build (and a great many we haven’t) sound much better – It’s the perfect upgrade for any existing DAC.

Nuprime ST10 audio stereo power amplifier at Totally Wired

NuPrime ST-10 stereo power amplifier – NZ$3000

The NuPrime ST-10 is a breath of the proverbial fresh air in the audio world- every part of conventional power amplifier design is questioned and new approaches and technologies are embraced. It’s the perfect time to look at a new power amplifier. If you already own a pre/power combination or are looking to upgrade from integrated the ST-10 sounds so much better than any other power amplifier at this price.

NuPrime ST-10M ST-10Ms mono power amplifier in black at Totally Wired

NuPrime new ST-10M mono power amplifier NZ$3000 each

The new Nuprime ST-10Ms mono power amplifiers incorporate a series of internal improvements which allow the design to work at a much higher level. The refinement of Class D operation with both better electrical efficiency and much lower cost of construction means they simply deliver more for less. If you are after both a big, rich, room filling sound and still want detail, speed and control, the new ST-10Ms are made for you.

NuPrime IDA16 integrated amplifier at Totally Wired

NuPrime IDA-16 Integrated Digital Amplifier – NZ$4350

The NuPrime IDA-16 extreme resolution digital integrated amplifier is a shot across the bows of every serious hifi designer and manufacturer. The IDA-16 is a amplifier that really demands your attention and offers remarkable value for those who appreciate the best of both analogue and digital. With 200 very serious watts on board, the IDA-16 is capable of some breathtaking dynamics and volume levels.

NuPrime MCX-1 750 watt mono amplifiers NZ$2350 each

The arrival of the NuPrime X MCX 1s will make you revisit many of the assumptions you might hold when considering home audio components – especially amplifiers. But the first question is ‘what would you possibly do with a pair of 750 watt mono amplifiers?’ The easy answer is anything you want. OK – there is more to it, but – imagine seemingly limitless power and control, with bass like never before.

NuPrime-X MCX-2 stereo power amplifier NZ$2500

NuPrime have changed the way we think about amplifiers. What they look like, how they work and even how they sound. They are the latest chapter in this story, redefining our expectations of power and how this ties in with sound quality. Massively powerful – they range from 300 to 750 watts per channel  – the MCX power amplifiers are a series of 4 models all built on the same slim design platform.

NuPrime CDP-9 CD Player with DAC at Totally Wired

NuPrime CDP-9 NZ$2850

Here we are with a new player from a forward looking company that breathes new life into the compact disc. If you have a CD collection, NuPrime are looking after you. The recently released NuPrime CDP-9 has proved to be a very special player with remarkable sound quality – yet in these days of streaming and downloads is there still a place for a high quality CD player? Read our review to find out why we think so.

NuPrime HPA9 headphone amplifier and analogue preamp at Totally Wired

NuPrime HPA-9 – NZ$1250

The NuPrime HPA-9 Headphone amplifier and analogue preamp is an interesting and original hifi component by any standard. While NuPrime might be seen as a digitally oriented specialist, the HPA-9 is a pure analogue design and a very accomplished one at that. There are 3 analogue inputs on the rear – two standard line inputs to connect products such as a DAC. And a 3rd which is a phono stage so you can connect a turntable directly. The HPA-9 is a genuine Class A device.

NuPrime DAC 9 audio digital to analogue converter at Totally Wired

NuPrime DAC-9 – NZ$1450

The NuPrime DAC-9 is the best DAC we have heard under NZ$2000. Being a fully featured preamplifier it controls volume and switches inputs – including analogue. This gives it many more applications than any conventional fixed output DAC. Digital and analogue connections make it extremely versatile. It has balanced inputs and outputs, and a USB slot which allows insertion of the included NuPrime BTR-8 Bluetooth receiver.

NuPrime STA 9 power amplifier at Totally Wired

NuPrime STA-9 – NZ$1250

The NuPrime STA-9 stereo power amplifier is a hybrid design – Class A for warmth and musicality, Class D for power, efficiency and speed. The amplifier is rated at 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms stereo or 290 watts in mono. Never before has this level of sound quality and power cost so little. NuPrime allow easy bridging to more than double the power output and turn the STA-9 into a mono amplifier which means you can run two power amplifiers.

NuPrime IDA 8 integrated amplifer at Totally Wired

NuPrime IDA-8 Integrated Digital Amplifier – NZ$1850

From the very first listen, the IDA-8 elicits a big ‘wow.’ Optical, coax digital, USB, analogue and Bluetooth connections. The DAC and preamp sections are exceptional in terms of resolution and musicality. There is plenty of power with 100 watts on board. “The IDA-8’s spacious, transparent, dynamic and luxuriously textured soundstage has to be heard to be believed.”

NuPrime uDSD Digital to Analogue converter at Totally Wired

The NuPrime uDSD- NZ$350

Our best and most affordable little Digital to Analogue converter. The NuPrime uDSD is a remarkable device and one of the best value propositions you’ll find in the audio world. First and foremost, it’s the perfect DAC to connect to the USB outputs of your computer – either Mac or PC and run into headphones and any stereo or home theater system.

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