Primare unveils NP5 Prisma network player

Bijou network player provides Prisma functionality

by Andy Bassett

Primare unveils their NP5 network player and claims that it can provide their Prisma connectivity and control platform to virtually any system with a digital input.

UK availability of Primare’s compact NP5 from Karma-AV now allows users to extend the brand’s proprietary Prisma network technology to any system and the NP5 is specifically designed to be small enough to slip inconspicuously into any system. It represents a great solution to add functionality for owners of any past non-Prisma Primare products with digital inputs, both stereo and multi-channel.

However, the NP5 will work happily with non-Primare products too and will impart Prisma functionality, including multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control for playback of stored and streamed media, wired or wireless, if connected via a digital input. It’s all managed from any mobile device through a dedicated system control app.

The NP5 Prisma incorporates all the functionality found in Primare’s award-winning Prisma enabled models, including AirPlay 2*, Bluetooth, Roon Ready* and Spotify Connect. In addition to network connected hard drive control, it also allows for volume adjustment and input selection for previous Primare models with RS232 inputs, all using the comprehensive Prisma application.

Note: *AirPlay 2 and Roon Ready capability will be available after launch in a subsequent update.

Prisma also features Chromecast built-in, a unique streaming portal allowing effortless direct connection to hundreds of streaming applications for the best possible performance and user experience.


Physical output connections include an RCA digital out and an optical digital output with a choice of 48kHz, 96kHz or 192kHz output for connection with any digital to analogue converter, while a USB-A port allows music libraries on laptops and external hard drives to accessed from which high resolution music files up 24 bit/192kHz PCM and DSD128 can be played. There's network connectivity is via Wi-Fi or Ethernet LAN port and Bluetooth enables easy connection to smartphones and tablets.

There’s also voice control through Google Home devices and Google Assistant.

Those that follow AVForums may have seen our recent review of the Primare I15 integrated amp and so might already be aware of the Swedish company’s Prisma system.

The Primare NP5 Network Player costs £450 and will be available from Nov 2019.

Owners of PRE60, NP30, I32 MM30, PRE32 MM30, SP32, SP33, SPA22 and SPA23 models from the Primare range can take advantage of the NP5 Prisma Update Program Price of £225 on presentation of an original invoice and/or verifiable serial number to authorised Primare dealer.

Source: Press release, www.primare.net
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