Primare CD32 CD player Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Spiral Groove SG-2, VPI HR-X turntable-tonearm combinations; Lyra Titan i, Grado Signature Reference phono cartridges.
Digital Sources: Primare CD31 CD player.
Preamplification: Sutherland Engineering Phono Blocks & Duo phono preamplifiers; Sutherland Engineering Line Blocks, Simaudio Moon Evolution 850P, Placette Active, Primare Pre32 line stages.
Power Amplifiers: Simaudio Moon Evolution 880M monoblocks, Primare A34.2, VTL Ichiban (MB750 Signature) monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Sophia 2.
Speaker cables & Interconnects: Audience Au24 SE, Nordost Valhalla 2, Stereovox. AC: Audience PowerChords & Au24 SE PowerChords, Synergistic Research Designer's Reference.
Accessories: Finite Elemente Pagode Reference, MusicTools equipment stands; Audience aR-12TS & aR2-TS power conditioners; Echo Busters room treatments; Disk Dr., Nordost ECO 3 CD-cleaning systems; VPI 16.5 record cleaner.—Brian Damkroger

COMPANY INFO
Primare AB
US distributor: VANA Ltd.
778 Third Street, Unit C
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 610-4532
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wozwoz's picture

It looks gorgeous ... wonderfully minimal and elegant. But for that price, one can purchase a decent SACD player that plays all your CDs + hi-res SACD + act as an external hi-res DAC to your comp. So it just seems a bit behind the times. Indeed, even if you only play CDs, you would still want to play recordings made in high resolution that are then released as hybrid CD/SACDs (e.g. all BIS discs, all Channel discs, many Harmonia Mundis etc) from the hi-res layer ... not just at old CD resolution. Almost every classical collector will have at least some hybrid SACDs today.

innerear57's picture

while it's true the CD32 can't play SACD format it does play hybrid SACDs very well. my good friend and I did a side by side comparison of my Primare CD32 and his Oppo BDP 105, a very nice universal player. using the same hybrid disc, Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". we played the opening track "IGY" and listened to many passages several times over switching between the two players. while the Oppo did a really good job we found the Primare sounded more open. voices and instruments were more defined/focused. does this justify paying over twice the price of the Oppo? that's totally up to the individual. we did enjoy an evening of amazing sounding music and great local beers. totally worth it!

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