So many DACs are available today. Finding one that touches your soul are nearly impossible. As Hi Fi Plus proclaims this DAC has "grace, poise and bass"The DAC 30 is a fully balanced high performance 24bit /192kHz stereo DAC designed to render the best possible audio quality from computer-based high resolution music files, upgrade existing high-end players like the CD31 and transform the sound of set-top boxes and games consoles . Equipped with a wide array of inputs including asynchronous USB-B, stereo balanced AES EBU and three pairs of S/PDIF coaxial and TOSLINK connectors, the DAC30 uses the processing engine of the celebrated Primare BD32 universal player to convert and convey very low distortion analogue signals to a high quality music system via a pair of balanced XLR and single-ended RCA outputs. There is also a S/PDIF digital output.
• 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
Reviews of Primare DAC30
Hi Fi News (UK), February 2013
Reviewer John Bamford says “With Primare’s DAC30 in the replay chain, using its asynchronous USB output, I was utterly blown away by the playback of a 24bit/96kHz file of a recording by Norwegian pianist Helge Lien…the transient attack of the keyboard notes was startlingly real, the natural decay of the reverb creating a palpable image of a piano at the end of my room as my monitors seemed to ‘disappear’…This is a great sounding D-to-A converter that can be strongly recommended for audiophiles looking for a straightforward-in-use DAC for a high resolution computer audio system setup.”
Hi Fi Plus (UK), February 2013
Editor Alan Sircom has listened to many DACs at the price point but none has the "grace, poise and bass" of our converter. In February's issue he says: "The Arcam is clean and detailed and has its sights firmly set on the highest possible resolution, possibly more than is needed from a two-grand DAC. The April Music Eximus is all about expanse and midrange. The Naim DAC is all about temporal precision and the Ayre’s leading edge accuracy all make their cases well. The Primare has the grace and the bass. For myself, I’m finding this to be perhaps the best balance of the lot…Amid a lot of exceptional DACs at the price, the Primare DAC30 is an exceptional DAC. The bass energy and depth, the refinement, the precision of the converter makes it a perfect addition to the pantheon of upmarket converters. This one’s a real keeper.”
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".
Stereo Prestige & Image, France No76
T. Gluzman and P. Vercher said; "We have extended our listening to several days,rediscovering many files with the DAC30. While comparing the CD media with those decoded by this converter, we found that it clearly goes much further in the precise decoding of the digital stream. Unless you are completely deaf, it is instantly noticeable because the difference is really striking, not only in relation to other digital decoders in this price category where the DAC30 knocks out everyone but also in the upper price category where it pushes out the established references. The DAC30 reconciles both the analogue and digital worlds so that interpretations find their true musicality. At this price, this is a real bargain."
Gramophone, UK, July 2013
Audio Editor Andrew Everard said " There’s effortless power here, making the dynamics of a piece truly thrilling, while at the same time the Primare always sounds entirely within its capabilities. It delivers a big-boned, beautifully detailed sound with well-recorded CDs, and really comes into its own with higher-resolution ‘Studio Master’ recordings."
'The Ear', UK, August 2013
"The Primare DAC 30 is a subtle and expressive converter that does justice to all manner of musical flavours in the context of a self effacing, music serving character. It’s at the smoother end of the scale which will suit some tastes/systems better than others but if you enjoy both the finer points and the heart of the music it’s a very strong contender for your budget."