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NuPrime DAC-10 Preamplifier Black



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NuPrime DAC-10 Preamplifier Black

The Ultimate Desktop DAC 

The NuPrime DAC-10 combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding. To excel beyond high performance DACs cluttering the marketplace, NuPrime recognises that merely supporting standard sampling rates and hi-res music formats using state-of-the-art chips or proprietary digital signal processing is not sufficient. To satisfy the most discerning audiophiles, the NuPrime DAC-10 must do these things exceptionally well: deliver the utmost detail during a symphony's quietest passages or a soundtrack's heart-pounding explosion; and all of this in the most natural sound. Simply put, the DAC-10 is a truly musical device.

 

A Reference LE Class Preamp

To meet the requirement of customers who want to eliminate extra components in their system, a high-end preamp capable of driving the power amplifier directly is an essential part of the design. The DAC-10 includes features borrowed from the Reference class P-20 preamp:


• Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, i.e., a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting.
• Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise source level matching.
• Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments.


The Heart

As the heart of an audio system, the DAC-10 supports an extensive number of inputs and formats. Utilising the world's best performing 32-bit audio DAC is only a first step for designing the ultimate DAC. When state-of-the-art solutions are readily available to all vendors, the experience and proprietary know-how in designing many Editor's Choice and Product of The Year award-winning products elevate the NuPrime DAC-10 above the competition.

 

Several notable features:

  • Five digital and two stereo inputs for system flexibility.
  • SABRE32 Reference ES9018K2M from ESS Technology is one of the world's best-performing 32-bit audio DAC solution for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With ESS's 32-bit HyperstreamTM DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 127dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, all of which put the DAC-10 at the industry's cutting edge.
  • Symmetrical signal processing with exact signal transmission over the entire frequency spectrum and extremely low harmonic distortion, ensuring an unadulterated musical presentation.
  • Asynchronous transfer mode.
  • Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage for the lowest possible noise level.
  • Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 (up to 11.2MHz) and DoP (up to 5.6MHz) method.
  • Sample Rate Display - 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz and DSD64 to DSD256.
  • Unique dual gain settings for RCA with 2V or 4V outputs, XLR with 4V or 8V outputs; and each of the balanced and unbalanced headphone outputs with four different high power output settings.
  • Exclusive driver software for Windows. Standard driver software for Mac.

 

DAC-10

Key features: 

  • Linear power supply with multi-rail toroidal transformer.
  • Independent left/right channel power supplies.
  • 12V trigger output
  • Full microprocessor control with memory retention
  • Included remote control for full convenience.
  • Available in stylish black or silver anodised aluminium finish

 

The NuPrime Sound

Just one listen confirms the DAC-10 as a true hallmark of audio performance: 

 

  • Vast soundstage
  • Lightning-fast, wide-range dynamics
  • Ultra-low distortion and noise
  • Music emerges from a pristine background, with delicate details and nuances intact.

 

Specifications

 

Inputs:

1 x USB Digital

2 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF

2 x Optical Digital S/PDIF

2 x Analog Stereo RCA

Outputs:

Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)

Stereo RCA (Line out). Output impedance < 100 Ohms. Max output: 2V (low gain); 4V (high gain)

Stereo Balanced (XLR-3 socket pre-out ). Output impedance < 100 Ohms. Max output: 4V (low gain); 8V (high gain)

 

  • USB Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz and DSD 2.8MHz (DSD64) , 5.6MHz (DSD128) 11.2MHz (DSD256)
  • S/PDIF Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96, 176.4KHz, 192KHz
  • Maximum Sampling Rate: 24-bits
  • Bit Resolution: 16-24-bits
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 80kHz
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm
  • Max. output power: 680 mW @ 1 kHz and 600 ohm load at the XLR-4 output
  • Frequency response: < 10 Hz to > 100 kHz
  • Crosstalk attenuation: min. 93 dB @ 1 kHz
  • THD+N: < 0.0003%
  • Dynamic range: > 115 dB @ 600 ohm load (A-weighted)
  • Dimensions: Height: 59mm Width: 215.4mm Depth: 382.6mm
  • Weight: 10.5 pounds ( 4.8 kg )
  • Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select Switch
  • AC Fuse: Slow-blow,T2.5A, 250VAC

Power Consumption:

  • With 110V outlet, the standby power consumption is below 1.17W.
  • With 230V outlet, the standby power consumption is below 2W.
  • With 110V outlet, the idle power consumption is below 13W.
  • With 230V outlet, the idle power consumption is below 14W.

 

Differences Between DAC-9 and DAC-10/10H

The DAC-9 and DAC-10 are exceptional devices. We did not design one as inferior to the other. Users should make their choice based on preferences with respect to sound characteristics, system compatibility and features. While both DACs share the same volume control and preamp design, there are differences:

The DAC-9's sonic character is slightly warmer than that of the DAC-10 amp. The DAC-10's sonic character falls closer to the absolutely neutral. The DAC-10 features XLR outputs producing 16 watts of power, thus allowing the DAC-10 to partner with and drive any power amp. The DAC-10 is the wiser choice for audiophiles who enjoy comparing power amps.

TAS Buyers Guide 2015

OUR TOP PICKS by The Absolute Sound


"......Within their product categories the DAC-10H DAC/preamp and ST-10 basic power amplifier are priced at the lower mid-level, yet they both deliver a level of performance that could be considered exemplary regardless of their cost. The DAC-10 has the capabilities, sound, and feature set that should keep it current for a number of years, while the ST-10 produces a level of sound quality that unless you absolutely must have more power output capabilities, will make "upgrading" to anything but a far pricier and more powerful amplifier more of a sideways proposition than an upward one...

...As it is a relatively new firm, NuPrime has yet to develop the reputation and visibility of more venerable audio companies. But given the quality of its first three products, the IDA-16, DAC-10H, and ST-10, it's hard not to predict that NuPrime will be a force to be reckoned with now and in the future...", - Steven Stone, editor (Download the buyer's guide to read the full review)


"...as a DAC, it equals anything I've heard in its class. Add in the exceptional preamp stage, the cutting edge format support, the very generous connectivity ...and it seems NuPrime is ahead of the game...", - John Grandberg, InnerFidelity.com

NuPrime DAC-10H awarded in The Absolute Sound 2017 Editor's Choice Awards

DAC-10H Awarded by TAS 2017 

TAS Awarded

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