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NUPRIME AUDIO IDA-16
A WORLD-FIRST IN DIGITAL INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER DESIGN FOR THE ULTIMATE IN HIGH-RESOLUTION SOUND
You will be proud to showcase the NuPrime IDA-16 in a place of prominence within your room as its sleek, low profile chassis and understated elegance are sure to draw the attention of your most discriminating guests. Whether your preference is black or silver finish, the NuPrime IDA-16's simple, modern style is certain to find broad approval as it politely augments any decor.
Starting with complete integration of all necessary stages within one chassis, the design inherently ensures the shortest possible signal path, which thereby results in vanishing levels of noise and distortion to create a jet-black backdrop upon which your recordings literally unfold before your ears. Mere vocals are transformed nigh unto emotional experiences while the upper registers of instruments become the shimmering highlights of a live performance. In all, its crystalline transparency, holographic imaging and fatigue-free sound will allow you to finally relax and experience the music as it was meant to be, while almost forgetting the NuPrime IDA-16 is even there.
As you continue through the product description and reviews, you will see that the NuPrime IDA-16's many innovative features and exemplary specifications are truly impressive. More importantly though, just one listen and you are certain to discover the NuPrime IDA-16 to be a true hallmark of audio performance by elevating music playback and visual style to a level seldom experienced at any price.
FROM HI-RES TO EXTREME RESOLUTION
Following in a long tradition of world-renown audio excellence, the NuPrime IDA-16 combines leading-edge audio technology with unprecedented innovation, style, and value. As the world's first fully integrated digital amplifier offering 384K & DSD decoding (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz), from its digital or analog inputs to its 200-Watts/Channel speaker outputs it delivers the purest, most natural sound modern audio technology can provide, while also providing the widest support for the latest High-Resolution music formats.
Such deafening silence is further augmented by the NuPrime IDA-16's innovative volume control; a feature based upon advanced, thin-film switched-resistor technology that places only a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting. Volume adjustment is conveniently achieved in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments and is further complimented by providing individually adjustable volume for each input. Precise level matching of your various sources becomes a breeze and makes comparison between them equally so.
Completing the ensemble is NuPrime's proprietary variable frequency Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) technology. For thundering, authoritative bass performance, the NuPrime IDA-16's innovative supply and its Cross-Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor bank are capable - upon demand - of delivering extremely high current to the amplifier's output stages. In addition, the supply's 600 kHz switching frequency and output voltage actually vary in real-time based on the instantaneous demands of the music. The result is unprecedented transient speed and an almost shocking level of dynamic impact that renders percussive instruments as though they were suddenly attacking outward from beyond the blackest depths of a phantom stage.
Such highly responsive behavior achieves extremely low Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N) levels of less than 0.004% while attaining a maximum system efficiency of up to 93%. Adding the NuPrime IDA-16's stratospheric frequency response up to 80 kHz.
- Full microprocessor control with memory retention
- Five digital inputs & one stereo input for complete system flexibility
- Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 and DoP method
- Theater-Mode pass-through (fixed volume control) function
- Ultra low noise JFETs employed in input stage for the lowest possible noise performance
- Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments
- Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume - only a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting
- Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise level matching of all sources
- High-standard parts: USB (DSD): XMOS DAC: ESS9018 and OPA2134 for high-quality sound.
- Cross-Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor module
- Exclusive driver software for Windows
- Standard driver software for Mac
- Asynchronous transfer mode
- Very Low Power Consumption on Standby Mode
- Available in stylish black or silver anodized aluminum finish
Included remote control for full convenience
"...when you consider the NuPrime IDA-16 has an advanced DAC built in, which will play virtually any digital recording available today, it’ s an even better value. Of course, if it didn’ t sound good, it wouldn’ t be a good value, no matter how low the price was, but it sounds excellent...The NuPrime IDA-16 DAC/amplifier along with the KEF LS50 speakers made a system that, if you’ll pardon a tired reviewer cliché, punched far above its weight. So to return to the question left open in the first paragraph: Yes, the NuPrime IDA-16 DAC/amplifier can indeed be called a bargain. Highly recommended..."
The Absolute Sound - Vade Forrester, editor
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"...This quietness was a particular advantage when I listened at low volume levels, something I usually find uninvolving. Not through the IDA-16 -- my music was just as captivating as at high volumes. Against the NuPrime’ s jet-black backgrounds, all of the dynamics of my recordings were present at all volume levels, making the IDA-16 one of the few amps I have enjoyed for late-night listening... IDA-16 is an exemplary integrated amp-DAC with rock-solid imaging, transparent sound, and tight control of bass..."
SoundStage access - Vince Hanada, editor
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"Well there you have it. A little story about how the NuPrime Audio IDA-16 became a part of our living room where it plays great music, non-stop, every day for our enjoyment. It offers fantastic sound and the new digital technology is far superior to the sound of the old equipment."
User Review - Mike Rowe, musician and audiophile
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(1) USB Digital
(2) Coaxial Digital S/PDIF
(2) Optical Digital S/PDIF
(1) Analog Stereo RCA
(1) Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)
(1) Stereo RCA (Line out)
(1) Stereo Speaker (Binding Posts) Output
USB Sampling Rates:
44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz and DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz,11.2MHz
S/PDIF Sampling Rates:
44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96, 176.4KHz, 192KHz
Maximum Sampling Rate:
200W x 2 (8-Ohm)
Peak Output Power:
10Hz to 80kHz
Smart Home Control & Firmware upgrade
17 in W x 15 in D x 1.97 in H (2.56 in H include feet)
Worldwide AC voltage:
(90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select Switch
Slow-blow, 5A, 250VAC
This was my first venture into the Nuprime brand and it really only took about five minutes of listening to sell me on the idea that this brand is doing something quite special.
The clarity and control this integrated amplifier produces is apparent to even those who don't really care about hi-fi. I remember the first day I connected it to my system and one of my friends was completely taken aback by the sound quality improvement over my earlier class AB amplifier. She wasn't even in the same room when she heard it for the first time and she could definitely tell the difference.
Aesthetically I think the unit is fantastic. It's profile is discreet and unassuming which makes its sound even more impressive.
Two things I didn't love about it was that it does not have tone controls (and I understand why) and I'm not a huge fan of the remote but at the same time I think the remote is stylistically unique. Also, some of the remote codes are so generic that they will operate some of my other devices in the room. I can't hold that against the IDA 16 because this minor gripe will not be applicable for most and because it does so well in all other areas it's almost a nonissue.
After owning the product for about a year I was once again impressed by its sound when I tried a few other integrated amplifiers from other manufacturers. That experience only further justify my belief that the sound that the IDA 16 produces is incredible at this price point.
I received the IDA-16 about 3 weeks ago and have to state it is amazing!!
Regarding features: most importantly, the volume of each channel (1 USB, 2 Coax, 2 optical, 1 analog) can be preset. This means no trouble anymore with sometimes ridiculously different output levels from sources like CD players, Apple-TV or TV. Soundwise, the IDA-16 was right out of the box slightly better than my Micromega IA-400 integrated (that is already REALLY good). Now, after about 150 hours, the performance changed to a 4-dimensional Hi-End Nirvana soundwall (if the source provides sufficient resolution). Almost none of my Bluesound-ripped CDs sound harsh anymore and instruments + voices are very close to live-like. I strongly assume the unit will perform even better after further 150 hours. As a side effect, all inputs sound identical in my system. This means, a 5$ TOSLINK cable sounds like the analog input via a 1000$ Cardas Golden Reference or the Coax input via $1000 upstream setup including a W4S remedy clock. I can now happily sell a number of cables. (Though, the USB input might have the potential to sound better with some upstream tweaking. But, I am not in a hurry to check this out.)
I also like to mention that Aamir almost forced me to buy the unit for an amazingly low price after he had heard that I had bad luck with a NuPrime DAC-1H/ST-10 combo I bought on Canuck Audio Mart. While the combo was really good, I made the mistake to send one component out for an upgrade. It returned defective and from then on things went worse. Aamir said, he will make sure that I still like NuPrime and he was right: I love NuPrime (again). From memory, I am not sure whether the IDA-16 or the DAC-10H/ST-10 combo is better. Here my advice: Buy both systems from Summit-HiFi. Keep the one you like more in your 2 channel (wo)man cave and use the other one in conjunction with a TV/Home Theater system.