The latest advanced digital audio component from NuPrime combines leading edge digital to analog conversion with a statement grade preamplifier and a new hybrid Class A preamplifier with a Class D power amplifier. It is a new type of hybrid integrated amplifier that sounds far superior to anything that came before it. The purity and naturalness of Class A with the efficiency, authority and clarity of Class D. With the NuPrime IDA-8, your music has never sounded better.
The NuPrime IDA-8. An ultra-low noise Class A+D integrated amplifier with DAC and wireless port that offers exceptional sound quality and features.
The NuPrime IDA-8 consists of an ultra-low-noise integrated amplifier and digital-to-analog converter that decodes USB PCM 384 and DSD 256 with the convenience of wireless audio in a small, handsomely designed home stereo component. NuPrime's new Class A+D hybrid amplification technologies deliver the substance and warmth of Class A amplification and the efficiency and speed of Class D technology in a milieu of un-measurable noise. The IDA-8's spacious, transparent, dynamic and luxuriously textured soundstage has to be heard to be believed. It's an investment that will provide years of musical enjoyment.
Inspired by the the expression 'less is more', the IDA-8 from NuPrime is a truly modern audio component. A beautiful chassis finished in either silver or black with only two control knobs and a discrete information display makes it look more sculptural than traditional stereo components of the past. It's discrete and elegant. Refined and sophisticated, while being straightforward and intuitive.
Connect your laptop or computer to the provided USB port and the built-in DAC is ready to accept digital music files stored locally or through the streaming music service of your choice. Tidal, Spotify, Songza, Deezer and others put you in touch with millions of songs. For a high fidelity experience, high resolution downloads from ProStudioMasters, HD Tracks or Pono will recreate the music that the artist created in the studio or at the live event.
Connect a NAS drive to the IDA-8 and your own unique digital library is now at your fingertips. Studio quality master recordings and the convenience of digital playback. Your music has never been more accessible.
For wireless convenience, you can connect an optional bluetooth module and connect your iPhone or iPad music to the IDA-8. For more traditional sources the IDA-8 can accept RCA jacks from your CD, DVD or Blu-ray player.
Connect a pair of speakers with the option of a dedicated subwoofer and the IDA-8 is capable of recreating everything from the deepest bass notes to soaring highs with authority and crystalline purity.
With all stages in one chassis, the IDA-8 avails itself of the shortest possible signal paths in order to facilitate vanishingly low levels of noise and distortion for a black-velvet background to music. The listener’s initial reaction might very well be “I can’t believe my ears!”
The IDA-8’s low noise floor is further complimented by an innovative volume control based on a thin-film resistor design that positions a single resistor in the signal path for each volume setting. Volume changes occur in 99 precise 0.5dB increments for each input’s individually adjustable volume level. Precise level matching is a breeze, as is the user’s ability to make comparisons of music sources.
By utilizing discrete components in NuPrime’s ULCAM circuit, the signal can be fine tuned to reduce noise and provide maximum power. The NuPrime amp circuit improves on traditional class-D design by using a self-oscillating circuit to generate pulse-width modulation. The amplifier switches at a frequency of 600kHz, well beyond the compact disc’s 44.1kHz sampling rate. Most class-D amps switch at 300kHz or lower. In addition, NuPrime’s SRC IC chip provides FPGA processing for ultra-low jitter and distortion rates. Completing the ensemble is NuPrime's new linear power supply with its high-efficiency toroidal transformer for reduced high-frequency noise and strengthened low-frequency performance. The damping effect of the NuPrime isolation feet (patent pending) absorbs and cancels vibrations that degrade audio performance. The overall result is unprecedented transient speed and an almost shocking level of dynamic impact.
The IDA-8 achieves Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N) levels of less than 0.005% while achieving a system efficiency of up to 93%. The IDA-8's frequency response to 50 kHz elevates vocals into emotional experiences; similarly, instrumental upper registers mimic a live performance’s shimmering heights.
The IDA-8's features and specifications have few equals. Just one listen will convince you that the IDA-8’s performance and sophisticated styling are rarely duplicated at any price point.
The end result is that your music is perfectly reproduced and you will hear the music the way your favorite artists recorded it. The NuPrime IDA-8 faithfully recreates the music. It brings you closer to the live event than you have ever experienced before.
The NuPrime IDA-8 delivers the absolute best sound imaginable.
Sonic Unity presents the ENCORE Audio mDSD USB Powered Digital-to-Analog Converter & Headphone Amplifier. The ENCORE mDSD USB powered DAC and high-performance headphone amplifier will bring greater realism and clarity to the music you love.
The ENCORE mDSD is ultra-compact and connects easily to your computer or mobile device. Capable of PCM 32/384 and DSD 256 decoding, it supports playback of high-resolution, studio master audio formats.
The ENCORE mDSD DAC outperforms anything in its price class and compares favorably to digital-to-analog converters and headphone amplifiers costing significantly more. It provides the listener with truly full-range sound with commanding bass and an impressive full-frequency response. The improvement in sound quality is easy to hear.
Many low cost portable DACs can only decode up to 24-bit/96kHz PCM and do notsupport DSD decoding. The ENCORE mDSD is capable of decoding sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM) as well as native DSD decoding ranging from DSD 64 up to DSD 256, making it the most capable USB-powered portable DAC on the market today!
The ENCORE mDSD is compatible with a wide range of devices -- Apple computers and iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, all PCs and many Android devices.
It can drive many headphones with ease including some top audiophile brands. Of course our own ENCORE RockMaster on-ear and in-ear headphones are an excellent match for a killer combo that won't cost a fortune!
The ENCORE mDSD is the smallest high performance USB DAC available on the market today. Measuring just 2 - 3/8" x 1 - 3/16" x 3/8" the ENCORE mDSD can travel easily in your pocket, backpack or briefcase.
With a USB cable that connects to your iOS device or Android, it's a great way to get improved sound quality from your smartphone or tablet.
If you've only listened to music through your existing computer sound card or the built-in DAC in your iOS or Android device, you will find this USB powered external DAC an unmistakable improvement in sound quality. If you have an older external DAC that can only decode 24-bit/96kHz PCM, the ENCORE mDSD will allow you to hear and feel more of your favorite music. The superior sound will provide a definite upgrade to your listening experience.
The ENCORE mDSD has been designed by NuPrime Audio, designer and manufacturer of some of the best audio products available on the market today. NuPrime has been awarded four, 2015 - Product Of The Year Awards from The Absolute Sound and SoundStage! Network, an unheard-of achievement in high-end audio.
Encore mDSD has received the highest award by Qobuz:
"...Unlike other USB DAC sticks though the Encore mDSD decodes at fantastically high rates including 32-bit/384kHz PCM and native DSD 256 decoding which puts it out there almost in a league of its own in terms of future proofing and reproduction capability compared to the other mere mortal sticks in the market... "
"...Power and control is also equally impressive. Noise is absent on highly sensitive IEMs and there is enough power for most mid-tier and modern planars to sound excellent and in the case of planars pretty good for the price. The Ether C hates thin signatures and this isn’t one of them..."
This product does not include any accessories. An Android OTG cable can be purchased online for as low as $2 and it connects between the Android device and Encore mDSD. The Apple USB Camera Adapter cable is used to connect iOS device to Encore mDSD. Both a PC and Mac have a USB port for the mDSD to connect directly without any cable.
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Please Note: You should connect your earphones to the mDSD before connecting to the mobile device.
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A DAC, a headphone amplifier and a preamp in one easy to use portable device. The NuPrime uDSD connects your personal computer to your home stereo, desktop sound system and headphones. The uDSD features direct DAC out, i.e., fixed-analog out, in order to provide better overall sound quality, and in particular, better-sounding DSD playback. The headphone circuit, built on a sophisticated balanced design, provides the uDSD with the ability to drive almost any of today's headphones -- a feature that can also be used to drive active speakers. This makes the NuPrime uDSD incredibly versatile and powerful allowing you to enjoy your music to the fullest.
The uDSD is capable of supporting up to DSD256 and PCM384 with incredible specifications offering the highest quality sound. Compared to similar DACs in the marketplace, the uDSD has far greater capability and improved sound and it comes in a beautiful jewel-like enclosure. The uDSD is one portable DAC and headphone amp you will want to experience for yourself.
The NuPrime uDSD is a next generation desktop DAC/amplifier and is often compared to the NuForce uDAC which many audio enthusiasts have loved for years. If you want to enjoy the latest in high resolution formats with less distortion, greater dynamic range, impressive signal to noise ration and great headphone output, then consider upgrading you older model uDAC to the new uDSD. With greater capability and improved design, the uDSD provides excellent sound.
NuPrime audio products are high-performance audiophile components that offer sound quality well above their price point. Indeed, NuPrime's other audio products have been reviewed in Soundstage and The Absolute Sound and are considered some of the current best in the audio world, regardless of cost. The most recent DAC-10H and ST-10 combination as reviewed in The Absolute Sound are said to be some of the best audio components reviewer Steven Stone has ever heard, price no object. It perhaps not surprising then, that the NuPrime uDSD high resolution digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp also performs well and far better than it's $179 suggested retail price would imply.
The uDSD is a new "audiophile-grade" DAC/headphone amp, built to connect to your computer via USB. Music is typically recorded in 24- or 32-bit PCM or DSD format at the recording studio and then converted to a lower resolution format for distribution, typically via CD or MP3 download. Those CD quality digital files, are recorded in 16-bits with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz, but PCM-encoded WAV audio files stored on a computer's hard drive might have a resolution of up to 24-bit/192 kHz or beyond.
The uDSD is certainly capable of supporting the latest high resolution digital music formats at up to 24-bit/384 kHz, but is also capable of native Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) decoding up to DSD 256 (Quad-DSD). This small device is capable of decoding virtually any known high resolution audio format in either PCM or DSD. An increasing number of download sites provide both high-resolution PCM and DSD in a number of sample rates but with the uDSD, you will be able to play them all. DSD, which was originally designed as an archival format for studios, has been making a comeback in recent years thanks to the introduction of computer audio systems.
The headphone circuit of the NuPrime uDSD offers a stereo output of 140 mW at 32 ohms, which is more than ample for most of today's headphones, a dynamic range of 98 dB, signal-to-noise ratio of 112 dB and total harmonic distortion of less than 0.01 percent. With these impressive specifications, the NuPrime uDSD can outperform all comparable products offered on today's market. As a start to a new desktop, an office headphone stereo, a home audio system or as an upgrade to those who love the original NuForce uDAC, the uDSD offers more in every department.
The NuPrime uDSD is quite small and can easily fit in the palm of your hand or in a pocket to transport it wherever you need your music. It's machined all metal finish is exceptionally good and the quality of the volume control and the connections are fantastic. It's rugged yet nicely finished and it feels solid and well constructed, as all NuPrime products do.
The uDSD comes with Coaxial S/PDIF and 2V RCA Analog outputs for compatibility with a broad variety of systems. With its native DSD-format decoding capability, uDSD is ideal for upgrading existing high-end non-DSD DACs. With the USB port on the side the uDSD is powered by the computer and requires no additional power supply.