Note: Due to Primare losing its U.S. Importer, all products will become special order until a new Importer is chosen.
The Primare I32 is an upgradable two x 120 watt integrated amplifier utilising proprietary UFPD power technology. It is designed to provide high power output with very low distortion and system control for Primare’s new 30 series range of hi-fi separates. UFPD’s instantaneous rise time results in a naturally fast, clean and agile sound over a much wider frequency range and with exceptional headroom. Ecologically the Primare I32 is far superior to conventional Class A/B designs being extremely efficient without generating excessive heat. In addition it provides a special eco-friendly standby mode of just 0.2 W.
The option of a MM30 upgrade board offering MEDIA/streaming connections such as USB, iPod, LAN etc. Please go to the 'Primare App' section of the 'Streamers' product category and click 'Technical Guide' menu button to download the video about how to install the latest firmware on I32 and PRE32 with MM30 streaming boards.
• Analogue Inputs: 2 pair XLR (L & R) 3 pair RCA (L & R)
• Input Impedance: both RCA and XLR 36k&8486;
• Analogue Record Output: 1 pair RCA (L & R)
• Pre Out : 1 pair RCA (L & R)
• Output Impedance: RCA 94&8486;
• Frequency Response: 10Hz – 20kHz, -0.5dB
• THD + N: < 0.05%, 20Hz – 20kHz, 10W at 8&8486;
• Signal to Noise: -100 dBv
• Power Consumption: Standby: 0.2W; Operate: 31W
• Dimensions (wxdxh): 430 x 420 x106 mm
• Weight: 22 lb
• Colour Options: Black and Titanium
• Optional Media i/o module (in development)
• Output Power: 2x 120W at 8Ω 2x 230W at 4Ω
Reviews of Primare I32 Integrated Amplifier
CD32/I32 is Europe's Best Music System
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 Audio Video 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."