SOLD - FOR SALE: Primare DAC30
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Reduced form $1950 so I can clear some of my building back log of equipment. Its getting out of control. My wife is starting to give me Side Eye. This is a fabulous DAC.... I still use the other one in my main system.
For sale, sleek looking and beautiful sounding Primare DAC30 Digital to Analog converter (DAC), black, in like new condition.It uses the Crystal DAC chip to provide a 24/192 upsampling DAC with a fabulous analog conversion section.
I am only selling it because I switched my system over to Home Theatre (also a Primare). 3 years old, lightly used as I am in Toronto half the week.
Appearance is sleek and streamlined. It follows the design principle that simple is elegant; and looks as good as it sounds.
This is a wonderful sounding DAC, like all things are that come out of Primare. The DAC market seems to be striving for analog sounding DACs. This DAC strives to sound musical and natural. It achieves that.
If you’re a fan of SABRE ESS9028 type DACs you won’t like this DAC. They are frequently very impressive on first listen; but are zippy, bright and tiring after an hour or so. The Primare is natural, smooth and non-fatiguing. Digital signals are rendered to analog so the DAC disappears and simply presents the sound as it was intended; and you can listen to the music, not the DAC.
Music has fast dynamic attacks, and slow decay rendering every note and harmonic for your listening experience. Whether it’s the rumble of a low bass note on a piano, the reverb of an electric bass, or the upper harmonics of an acoustic guitar – its all there. On large ensemble music, instruments are well separated and placed in accordance with the orchestra or big band layout. Reeds resonate, bows on strings vibrate, horns are rich and brassy…. well…..you get the idea.
It has a great USB implementation - on A/B test, I could not tell the difference between USB and coaxial.
The Primare DAC 30 does one thing… it converts digital signals to natural sounding analog sound; and it does it well. Upsampling makes even poorly produced cd’s sound decent and well produced cd’s sound fabulous; especially high resolution music.
Primare is renowned for the quality of their engineering. This DAC truly is a case of form following function.
If you’re looking for a new DAC, buy this one! You will enjoy it as much as I did.
There are a ton of reviews out there praising this amp. Here is one from Absolute Sound
See the link above to the Primare web site for a bunch more.
The amp is securely encased in foam and shipped in a stiff cardboard shipping container, so no worries about shipping; but it is also available for drop off on the 410/403 corridor between London and Toronto or close vicinity to London or GTA. See my other ad for the accompanying Primare i32. They make a fabulous combo.
Interac or cash preferred, PayPal ok. Buyer pays for PayPal fees, shipping and insurance
- 24 / 192 kHz Crystal DSD DAC CS4398 (BD32)
- Fully balanced analogue output stage (BD32)
- Outputs: 1 pair XLR and 1 pair RCA (both 4,3V) Inputs: 1x asynchronous USB-B, 1x AES/EBU, 3x Optical, 3x Coax S/PDIF
- An audiophile relay controlled MUTE circuit Linear R-Core transformer
- Signal to Noise 120dB Input selection, DIM, ON/OFF can be operated by remote C23 or C33. (select MEDIA) - -- - Dimensions 430 x 370 x 95mm
OBM, power cord
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