New review in Stereophile June 2014 - Getting this level of sound, functionality, and built quality for $2850 reflect brilliant optimization of design and production elements. Primare's CD32 is a superb CD player -- period. Listening to music though the CD32 is an unqualified joy. --Brian Damkroger Stereophile
In the end the I32 and CD32 have become devices through which everybody will find an involving music experience. They’ll make you smile with their user-friendliness and excellent quality at such a reasonable price.” -- Music Emotion - Holland
CD32/I32 is Europe's Best Music Systsem - HiFi Choice
It is the micro detail that is responsible for inspiring new emotions...to tell you the truth I did not think that sound of this character could be so musical.”rimare 32 is a system that's not only pleasant on the eye. It also has a precise, clean, detailed and really musical sound. It is well worth to listen and recommended". - AudioVideo Poland
It is not easy to identify what I liked most about the Primare combination. Was it the unique design, the solid workmanship, the touch and feel of quality materials or the high-tech electronics with their excellent measured performance? In the end I think it was the sheer joy of playing the combination that exited me most. - HiFi Test - Germany
Reviews of Primare CD32 CD Player
CD32/I32 is Europe's Best Music Systsem - HiFi Choice
"The citation that appears in the UK's EISA representative magazine, Hi Fi News, says: "Designed to be the perfect pair...their deceptively simple and elegant appearance belies their versatility, as all functions, including volume control and display brightness, are accessible via Primare's system remote. Audiophiles will be keen to learn of the CD player's balanced outputs and the amp's inputs, the latter employing a bespoke Class D technology to deliver a rated 2x125W/8ohm and with plenty in reserve to drive some very difficult loudspeaker loads...most important of all, this pair offers a crystal clear sound, always bubbling with engaging musical detail."
CD32/I32 system in Music Emotion magazine (Holland) December 2010
“Primare is one of the relatively few brands that has a deep understanding of how important it is to be different and especially to stay different. It has a very strong character that manifests itself in these new models as a wonderful, almost irresistible combination of elegance, modesty, high-quality build and advanced yet easy operation. In the new I32 we have real evidence of the technical progression that drives Primare’s desire for change, for despite the recognisable Primare design signature outside, the design inside has clearly been transformed in comparison to its predecessor…the I32 is a totally modern amplifier with the tonal quality that is characteristically Primare in spite of the use of the modified D class technology. If anything that familiar rhythmic coherence and smoothness has been enhanced by a more grown-up and realistic representation of low level information and more powerful dynamics. In the end the I32 and CD32 have become devices through which everybody will find an involving music experience. They’ll make you smile with their user-friendliness and excellent quality at such a reasonable price.”
CD32/I32 system in Audio-Video magazine (Poland) January 2011
"I had formed my opinion of the amplifier’s sound when I learnt that it works in Class D (but) what is interesting is that this, the first Class D amplifier from Primare, also features a sound quality that is unique to this company – a sense of analytical detachment, a feeling that it is presenting the sound in the most objective way…this creates a very interesting effect. You’re surprised by tiny musical resonances that were always present on the disk but now reproduced with honesty. Although at first this seems cold and impersonal, eventually it proves to be very complex and rich. What is perceived as lacking in emotion at the start becomes more engaging with every album played. It is the micro detail that is responsible for inspiring new emotions...to tell you the truth I did not think that sound of this character could be so musical.”rimare 32 is a system that's not only pleasant on the eye. It also has a precise, clean, detailed and really musical sound. It is well worth to listen and recommended". -
CD32/I32 system in Stereo magazine (Germany) March 2011
“Primare uses a high-efficiency Class D amplifier technology for the I32 known as "Ultra Fast Power Device ": UFPD in short. There is no question that you can produce high performance in this mode, and the Swedes prove it again. However, Class D amps must still defend themselves against the suspicion that they are only partially audiophile. With UFPD, Primare wants to circumvent all the pitfalls of standard Class D and provide the highest quality by realising stable gain and a high damping factor…particularly noticeable in the high performance of the I32 was the way that it handled B&W‘s 802 Diamond without a hint of trouble. It’s not a flashy sounding amplifier: despite all the speed and lithe playfulness, it does its job discreetly and inconspicuously, yet with real commitment. The Primare components are not only able to keep up with their peers, they’re at the head of the list and are a powerful statement from the Swedes. A genuine recommendation for Nordic design in sound.”
CD32/I32 system in AudioVideo Magazine (Czech Republic) February 2011
Power amplifiers operating in class D are often referred to as digital, but this is not completely true with reference to the nature of the analogue processed signal…the sound reproduction through this system is spectrally balanced with a deep velvety bass and a non-distorted treble. Spatial localisation is stable and clear. Playback of CDs with a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz is concrete and "tight", and sounds quieter and more ‘open’ with increasing sampling frequency reproduction. The properties of the amplifier will force even an average loudspeaker into "brisker motion". The bass has adequate power with an unlimited dynamic range and solid contours for high-volume listening. Both Primare devices also afford excellent quality of reproduction.”
CD32/I32 system in Hi Fi Test Audio Video (Germany) February 2011
It is not easy to identify what I liked most about the Primare combination. Was it the unique design, the solid workmanship, the touch and feel of quality materials or the high-tech electronics with their excellent measured performance? In the end I think it was the sheer joy of playing the combination that exited me most. Performance, dynamics and precision without limits, coupled with open, honest timbres and a touch of individuality: just like a Swedish Turbo! CD32/I32 system in Hi Fi Choice (UK) April 2011
"Close your eyes and you’re convinced that with just a couple of steps towards the speakers you’ll be in danger of impaling yourself on the end of a cello spike or copping a drumstick on the nose. Images are simply superb, immaculately spread out in all directions and utterly stable, fully vindicating the 80-year-old confidence trick that is stereo. It’s a finding we repeated over and over as we trawled through the widest selection of recordings, old and new, from jazz to rock to classical to unclassifiable. Cue up some operatic monster and the panoply of 200 players and singers is there before you: play the simplest voice and guitar ballad and the intimacy is immediate." Hi Fi & Home Theatre Audio, Korea, March 2011.
"If you have a high quality amplifier and loudspeakers, the CD32 will give you a more precise and richer high-end sound." Gramophone
Primare's CD32 and I32 system has impressed Andrew Everard, the Audio Editor of the UK's revered classical music title Gramophone. In a two page eulogy in the May 2011 issue, he says of the CD32 that "Allied to impressive handling of both microdynamics and really big swings in level, it opens up even the most complex recording to expose its components, which will appeal as much to score followers as audiophiles."
HXOS magazine, Greece
“With the I32 and CD32, Primare from Sweden is introducing a special combination at the cutting edge of technology, which addresses the performance needs of even the most demanding audiophile. The combination produces very high resolution, huge reserves of power, excellent tonal balance and graduation. But if you were to ask us which is the main protagonist of this test, we would tell you without hesitation that it is the CD32, which is a real bargain in this price level because it combines excellent build level, hypermodern aesthetic design and a sound which nails it in terms of resolution, transparency and speed in every musical style.” HiFi News
"In a group test of its peers the CD32 has achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ badge from Hi Fi News. This special status gong, the second to come Primare’s way from the magazine in as many months, joins an ‘Outstanding Product’ award for the I32. As the review states “needless to say Primare’s CD32 can be regarded the de facto choice for partnering with its eco-friendly I32 Class D amplifier that featured in last month’s group test. With their matching OLED displays (very classy) and common remote control handset the two components will make a lovely couple.” Of the CD32 itself the review concludes “you’d need to spend a small fortune on a very esoteric high end player to better it.”
The sound from USB memory stick was excellent. The USB was loaded with MP3 music files, but the clarity and freshness of the sound was still very good. There was a slight reduction in the stereo image compared to lossless music files, which is down to the limitations of MP3, but it was noteworthy that the CD32 improved the sound of MP3 very much. In fact, sound reproduction through the USB connection is very convenient, and even though the compatibility of CODEC may matter in some cases, this feature makes CD32 far more flexible than competitors. The performance of the CD32's twin PCM174 DAC chips was fully satisfactory, and its sound good enough to compete even against high-end outboard DACs, The resolution of the CD32’s front display was also superb, and its readability was excellent compared to previous products. The chassis and the panels were very substantial, designed to combat resonances. All these features support the reputation of Primare for high quality construction. Multi-function CD Players like CD32 are very rare yet in the market, but the debut of CD32 will get a good response from many audiophiles.
HiFi Stars - Germany
To the point, the Primare combo consisting of CD player CD32 and power amplifier I32 has what it takes for a true dream team. The Swedish manufacturer Primare shows that with regard to sound, ease of use, workmanship, design and sustainability (through the optional media module) a really fair price is possible.
CD32, Hi-Fi i Muzyka, Poland, December 2011
"At the price the Primare has all virtues of good CD player: great sound stage, dynamics, accurate bass, neutrality and details. Can you ask for more? Yes, but not at this price point. This is a very, very good player with excellent build quality. You have to try it."
CD32/I32 Hifi Test , Germany, February 2013
Hi Fi Test announces Primare CD32/I32 as amongst the BEST HIFI PRODUCTS EVER. With unique design, massive build quality, high quality materials and excellent measurements, combined with the great joy of playing this combo is a Swedish duet with turbo. The performance has dynamism and precision without limits.