‘Delivers a level of performance that could be considered exemplary regardless of cost’ – The Absolute Sound
AFFORDABLE DAC/PREAMP OF THE YEAR (2015) – The Absolute Sound
Within their product categories the NuPrime DAC-10H DAC/preamp and ST-10 basic power amplifier are priced at the lower mid-level, yet they both deliver a level of performance that could be considered exemplary regardless of their cost. The DAC-10H has the capabilities, sound, and feature set that should keep it current for a number of years, while the ST-10 produces a level of sound quality that unless you absolutely must have more power output capabilities, will make “upgrading” to anything but a far pricier and more powerful amplifier more of a sideways proposition than an upward one…
…As it is a relatively new firm, NuPrime has yet to develop the reputation and visibility of more venerable audio companies. But given the quality of its first three products, the IDA-16, DAC-10H, and ST-10, it’s hard not to predict that NuPrime will be a force to be reckoned with now and in the future.”
– Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound
“I could talk about the DAC and preamp capabilities of the DAC-10H all day—they’re that good. But what I really want to focus on most is the headphone amplifier. It’s really something special!
…as a DAC, it equals anything I’ve heard in its class. Add in the exceptional preamp stage, the cutting edge format support, the very generous connectivity, and of course that killer balanced headphone amp, and it seems NuPrime is ahead of the game.”
– John Grandberg, InnerFidelity.com (read the review)
The NuPrime DAC 10 and 10H (Digital to Analog Converter AND Preamp)
The Ultimate Desktop DAC/Preamp (Also available with optional Headphone Amp in the 10H model)
The NuPrime DAC-10 combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding with a high-power balanced headphone amplifier. To excel beyond high performance DACs cluttering the marketplace, NuPrime recognizes that merely supporting standard sampling rates and hi-res music formats using state-of-the-art chips or proprietary digital signal processing is not sufficient. To satisfy the most discerning audiophiles, the NuPrime DAC-10H must do three things exceptionally well: 1) drive any headphones with ease; 2) deliver the utmost detail during a symphony’s quietest passages or a soundtrack’s heart-pounding explosion; and 3) all of this in the most natural sound. Simply put, the DAC-10H is a truly musical device.
A Reference LE Class Preamp
To meet the requirement of customers who want to eliminate extra components in their system, a high-end preamp capable of driving the power amplifier directly is an essential part of the design. The DAC-10H includes features borrowed from the Reference class P-20 preamp:
•Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, i.e., a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting.
•Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise source level matching.
•Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments.
As the heart of an audio system, the DAC-10H supports an extensive number of inputs and formats. Utilizing the world’s best performing 32-bit audio DAC is only a first step for designing the ultimate DAC. When state-of-the-art solutions are readily available to all vendors, the experience and proprietary know-how in designing many Editor’s Choice and Product of The Year award-winning products elevate the NuPrime DAC-10H above the competition.
Several notable features:
•Five digital and two stereo inputs for system flexibility.
•SABRE32 Reference ES9018 from ESS Technology is the world’s best-performing 32-bit audio DAC solution for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With ESS’s 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, all of which put the DAC-10H at the industry’s cutting edge.
•Symmetrical signal processing with exact signal transmission over the entire frequency spectrum and extremely low harmonic distortion, ensuring an unadulterated musical presentation.
•Asynchronous transfer mode.
•Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage for the lowest possible noise level.
•Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 (up to 11.2MHz) and DoP (up to 5.6MHz) method.
•Sample Rate Display – 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz and DSD64 to DSD256.
•Unique dual gain settings for RCA with 2V or 4V outputs, XLR with 4V or 8V outputs; and each of the balanced and unbalanced headphone outputs with four different high power output settings.
•Exclusive driver software for Windows. Standard driver software for Mac.
Headphone Amplifier (10H Model)
Today’s best headphones can cost as much as a high-end DAC. Their owners demand a headphone amp that fully exploits their potential. Key features of the headphone amp:
•A 4-pin balanced and a standard 6.2mm stereo headphone amplifier outputs.
•Output circuitry designed for use with up to two dynamic headphones. Consistent wiring and the use of XLR-4 sockets ensure excellent channel separation.
•A gain switch for use with in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.
•Linear power supply with multi-rail toroidal transformer.
•Independent left/right channel power supplies.
•12V trigger output
•Full microprocessor control with memory retention
•Included remote control for full convenience.
•Available in stylish black or silver anodized aluminum finish
The NuPrime Sound
Just one listen confirms the DAC-10H as a true hallmark of audio performance:
•Lightning-fast, wide-range dynamics
•Ultra-low distortion and noise
•Music emerges from a pristine background, with delicate details and nuances intact.
•1 x USB Digital
•2 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF
•2 x Optical Digital S/PDIF
•2 x Analog Stereo RCA
•Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)
•Stereo RCA (Line out). Output impedance < 100 Ohms.
•Stereo Balanced (XLR-3 socket pre-out ). Output impedance < 100 Ohms.
•Balanced headphone amplifier in 10H model (XLR-4 socket )
•Unbalanced headphone amplifier in 10H model (6.3 mm jack socket )
•USB Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz and DSD 2.8MHz (DSD64) , 5.6MHz (DSD128) 11.2MHz (DSD256)
•S/PDIF Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96, 176.4KHz, 192KHz
•Maximum Sampling Rate: 24-bits
•Bit Resolution: 16-24-bits
•Frequency Response: 10Hz to 80kHz
•Max. output power: 680 mW @ 1 kHz and 600 ohm load at the XLR-4 output
•Frequency response: < 10 Hz to > 100 kHz
•Crosstalk attenuation: min. 93 dB @ 1 kHz
•THD+N: < 0.0003% •Dynamic range: > 115 dB @ 600 ohm load (A-weighted)
•Dimensions: Height: 59mm Width: 215.4mm Depth: 382.6mm
•Weight: 10.5 pounds ( 4.8 kg )
•Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select Switch
•AC Fuse: Slow-blow,T2.5A, 250VAC
•With 110V outlet, the standby power consumption is below 1.17W.
•With 230V outlet, the standby power consumption is below 2W.
•With 110V outlet, the idle power consumption is below 13W.
•With 230V outlet, the idle power consumption is below 14W.