A World-First in Digital Integrated Amplifier Design for the Ultimate in High-Resolution Sound
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.
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.
Such deafening silence is further augmented by the 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.
The NuPrime amp circuit improves on the class-D amp by using a “self-oscillating circuit to generate pulse width modulation.” The amplifier switches on and off at a frequency of 600kHz, well beyond the 44.1kHz sampling rate of CD. Most class-D amps switch at 300kHz or lower. Completing the ensemble is NuPrime’s proprietary variable frequency Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) technology. For thundering, authoritative bass performance, the 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. 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 IDA-16’s stratospheric frequency response up to 80 kHz, and now 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 IDA-16 is even there.
Although, when the music stops and the lights are on you definitely won’t forget. Rather, you’ll be quite proud to showcase the 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 IDA-16’s simple, modern style is certain to find broad approval as it politely augments any decor.
As you continue to review below, you will see that the IDA-16’s many innovative features and exemplary specifications are truly impressive and have few equals. More importantly though, just one listen and you are certain to discover the 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.
- Full microprocessor control with memory retention
- Five digital inputs & one stereo input for complete system flexibility
- Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 (up to 11.2MHz) and DoP (up to 5.6MHz) 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
- 1 x USB Digital
- 2 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF
- 2 x Optical Digital S/PDIF
- 1 x Analog Stereo RCA
- 1 x Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)
- 1 x Stereo RCA (Line out)
- 1 x 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: 24-bits
- Bit Resolution: 16-24-bits
- Power output: 200W x 2 @ 8 Ohms; 200W x 2 @ 4 Ohms
- THD+N: 0.004%
- Peak Output Power: 400W
- Frequency Response: 10Hz to 80kHz
- RS232 extension: Smart Home Control & Firmware upgrade
- Dimensions: 17 in W x 15 in D x 1.97 in H (2.56 in H include feet)
- Weight: 16 lbs.
- Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select Switch
- AC Fuse: Slow-blow,7A, 250VAC
Fantastic product, thanks to Aamir for all his help. What stands out for me about this product is the tremendous detail that is present a low volumes. The volume control with the .5 dB increments is a nice touch as is the mute feature ramping up volume slowly to the previous listening, a very nice feature . Did some DSD listening with the Telarc CD's I have and they sounded fantastic. Also did some A/B testing comparing the built in DAC with my 20 year old outboard MBS Link DAC but of course the IDA-16 is just that bit more transparent. Glad I chose this over the Hegel H-120.
Excellent clean sound. Loads of power. Paired with pair of KEF LS50 for near field listening, it is the best sound I've ever heard. Detail is 10/10. The dynamics seem to be improved compared to using my Yamaha amplifier. Would recommended. My only gripe is the lack of a volume control knob; I'd actually prefer the appearance and usability of the IDA-8 for that matter.
premierement , j'aimerais remercier Amir pour son excellent service !Livraison rapide et bonne communication !Pour ce qui est de l'amplificateur je suis entierement satisfait .Puissant et d'une grande précision tout en restant dans une certaine douceur , dure de trouver mieux pour le prix a mon avis.
I am rather an audio freak rather than audiophile who has enjoyed listening to good hifi music for decades. My quest began several years ago to find the best audio components whether it be separates or integrated.I have lavishly spent astronomical price tags on Hifi separates. What is best is very subjective topic, ultimately it comes down to personal taste and affordability. There is nothing called the best and all the raving reviews you read is very personal experience ,most of the time paid audio reviewers get freebies . All the sugar coated words, adjectives , using scientific terminology is rather confusing. Everyones ears are different and with age it makes it more difficult.
I was looking out for 2nd system for my summer camper. I short listed few brands of integrated to match with descent pair of book shelf. I alway wanted to try Nuprime. Originally I was keen on getting the IDA8, by then Aamir from Summit Hifi knew my taste and my main Hifi set up, which was Tube mono blocks with tube pre amp and Focal Sopra N3 speaker. Amir insisted I should try the IDA 16. I ordered the IDA 16 along with dynaudio Emit 10, as this was the perfect size for my camper.
This is my personal experience and 100% for my ears only.Gave it time to break in. Wow!!! Sounds better than many amps costing several times more.!!! It has an amazing DAC that plays virtually any digital format.It uses a patented analog switching amplifier technology , very efficient class D amp that sounds pretty complicated. I was stunned that class D amp can sound this good. Excellent power, I even tried to hook up Sopra N3 - couldn’t believe how it could drive these big speakers. I am very impressed with the sonic quality. It is definitely not fair to compare it with my Tube components which cost at least 20 times more than the IDA 16. At the same time my tube set up does not sound 20 times better!!!!!I I wouldn’t doubt with all the patents, research/ technology whether Class D hybrid wo...
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.