Primare CD32 CD player Specifications

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Description: Single-box CD player. Analog outputs: 1 pair unbalanced (RCA), 1 pair balanced (XLR). Digital outputs: 75 ohm S/PDIF (RCA), 110 ohm AES/EBU (XLR), optical (TosLink). Inputs: USB, RS-232, IR input (3.5mm), trigger in/out (3.5mm). Maximum output level (fixed): 2.1V unbalanced, 4.1V balanced. THD+noise: <0.01%, 20Hz–20kHz. Output impedance: 390 ohms unbalanced, 47 ohms balanced. Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, +0/–0.5dB. Signal/noise ratio (20Hz–20kHz): 100dB, unweighted. Power consumption: 0.5W standby, 25V operation.
Dimensions: 17" (430mm) W by 4.25" (106mm) H by 14.75" (375mm) D. Weight: 23 lbs (10.4kg).
Finishes: Black, Titanium.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 290-313.
Price: $2850. Approximate number of dealers: 50. Warranty: 3 years, nontransferable.
Manufacturer: Primare AB, Renvägen 1, SE-35245 Växjö, Sweden. Tel: (46) 470-729215. Web: US distributor: VANA Ltd., 778 Third Street, Unit C, Mukilteo, WA 98275. Tel: (425) 610-4532. Fax: (425) 645-7985. Web:

Primare AB
US distributor: VANA Ltd.
778 Third Street, Unit C
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 610-4532

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!