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Testimonials (on all Nuprime Integrated Amplifiers)

"From the very first listen, the IDA-8 elicits a big 'wow'. Simply that the Nuprime IDA-8 is easily the best sounding amplifier we've ever heard under $2000 by a wide margin. - (read the review)

"I finally set up my bedroom system with the IDA-8 and the KEF LS50s with the new subwoofer. With the Bluetooth dongle the sound is pretty impressive. … It is pretty amazing what that amp can do for that money-that amp is easily the equal of some 2k amps I have heard. … The LS50s really continue to amaze and really benefit from the sub in the system." - Jeff K, VT (a happy IDA-8 owner)


"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." - Vade Forrester, The Absolute Sound (read the review)

"The NuPrime IDA-16 Integrated Amplifier is an exemplary integrated amp-DAC with rock-solid imaging, transparent sound, and tight control of bass. It doesn't impose a sonic signature on the sound -- I was enthralled with every recording I played through it. There are similarly priced integrated-DACs out there, from Bel Canto and Wyred 4 Sound, among others, but none offers the IDA-16's power or support of native DSD. I highly recommend that you give the NuPrime IDA-16 a listen if you're in the market for a modern integrated-DAC." - Vince Hanada, (read the review)

"The NuPrime IDA 16 Integrated Amplifier delivers more sound quality, power and sophistication than any other DAC and amplifier combination, digital or analogue we've heard regardless of cost. This isn't a statement we make without a lot of consideration and listening. NuPrime has delivered a remarkable product at a better-than-fair price that you'll be thrilled to own, both now and for years to come." - (read the review)


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.

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 audition will convince you that the IDA-8's performance and sophisticated styling are rarely duplicated at any price point.


•Ultra-Linear Class A Module (ULCAM) achieves audiophile-quality sound with Class-D's dynamics, speed and efficiency. Extraordinary result of THD+N lower than 0.0015% and S/N ratio of -130dB for the preamp stage.
•NuPrime SRC IC chip provides FPGA processing with ultra-low jitter and distortion
•NuPrime vibration-free isolation feet (patent pending*)
•State-of-the-art DAC supporting USB PCM 384 and DSD256, that is also capable of decoding DoP formats via coaxial and optical inputs
•Analog line-out (Sub Out), with 3X the standard output power, provides impressive lows and a wide sound stage specifically designed for subwoofers
•Extension port for Bluetooth dongle (included) or future release of optional Wi-Fi dongle
•Full microprocessor control with memory retention
•Four digital inputs and one stereo input for complete system flexibility
•Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 and DoP method
•Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage for the lowest possible noise floor
•Volume adjustment in 99 precise 0.5dB increments
•Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, with a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting
•Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise level matching of sources
•Exclusive driver software for Windows
•Standard driver software for Mac
•Asynchronous transfer mode
•Very low power consumption on Standby Mode
•Available in black or silver anodized aluminum finish
•Includes remote control
•Hi-Res bluetooth dongle for wireless streaming is included.  



•1 x USB PCM / DSD Digital (PCM up to 384kHz & DSD up to DSD256 )
•1 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF (PCM up to 192K supporting DoP format DSD64)
•1 x Optical Digital S/PDIF (PCM up to 192K supporting DoP format DSD64)
•1 x Bluetooth or WiFi receiver module (optional).
•1 x Analog Stereo RCA

•1 x pair of stereo speaker (binding posts) output
•1 x pair of stereo RCA (6V)


•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, 384KHz (Coaxial)
•Maximum Sampling Rate: 32-bits
•Bit Resolution: 16-32-bits
•Power output: 100W x 2 (8-Ohm)
•THD+N: 0.005% •SNR = 95dB
•Peak Output Power: 280w
•Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz
•Dimensions: 235 mm W x 281 mm D x 55 mm H (including feet)
•Weight: 4.3Kg
•Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select Switch
•AC Fuse: Slow-blow, 3A, 250VA

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Audience Au 24-e (SE version) Enhanced Interconnect Cable- Elegant, Coherent and Musical.

New Enhanced "e" version offers an increase in low level resolution, clarity and dynamics with the same natural harmonics, tonality and musicality!

Audience .5 meter SE RCA Interconnect pair, dealer demo, approx. 2 yrs. old, 9/10 condition, FULL WARRANTY! This is the SE VERSION of the Au 24-e which has an improved RCA plug with center pin made of a tellurium-copper alloy for better signal transfer and better grounding. Retail $1390, sell for $835.

Audio Revelation is a full line Audience dealer with many Audience products in stock and ready for your audition.  


"We usually associate an increase in detail or resolution with some unwanted side effect, such as dryness, thinness, brightness, or some other negative "-ness" that is a definite compromise. Get more of "this", but less of "that". With the new "e" cable, there is more of the "this", but no less of the "that". There is an increase of smoothness, detail and resolution all across the frequency range without any sense, even a subtle one, that any compromise has been made. But make no mistake, for a small increase in cost the higher level of musical enjoyment is substantial." - 10 Audio, Rated 10+ out of 10 LPs - 1st ever 10+ ever awarded on 10 Audio! (read the review)

"A few comments about the new "e" version of the Au24 interconnect after an initial listen. The basic character of the cable is retained. Tonally very neutral. Timbrally accurate. Just gets out of the way. Where I hear the big difference is in what I'll refer to as speed or timing. To me the cable sounds very fast-perhaps warp speed. By this I mean leading edge transients on instruments like cymbals, acoustic guitar and piano are portrayed with speed and clarity adding a sense of realism. On acoustic bass the leading edge of notes seem crisper and tightly controlled. The initial slap heard before the thud of a kick drum is more apparent. Sibilants are not exaggerated but seem clearer and more natural. Sounds seem to emanate with clarity from a more focused space within the soundstage. Harmonics are portrayed without excessive bloom which will probably make for a good match with tube based systems such as mine. I suppose this all hinges on getting leading edge transient information timed properly so that the ear/brain mechanism can interpret it as more lifelike. Overall, very impressive!" - Robert Townsend, Audience Cable Customer

"I have used Audience au24 cables as my reference cables for over three years. They are so good I just haven't thought about them... These are cables of exceptional value, holding their own with or exceeding the musicality of cables that cost several times their price." - Jack Roberts, Constantine Soo's, (read the review)

""I spent a lot of time going back and forth between the Au24 and my reference Valhalla, and ended up preferring the Au24." - Brian Damkroger, Stereophile Recommended Component "I could say this ten different ways and possibly still not effectively communicate this cable's large improvement over any other speaker cable I have heard... If you have the opportunity for an audition, please check them out." - Jerry Seigel, 10 Audio, (read the review)

"Can you tell that I like this stuff? My customers certainly do. But don't trust me -- I'm only one set of ears. Find a dealer and take some Audience cables home for a try."
- Bill Brooks,, Jan. 2006 (read the review)

"I have used many brands of cable over the past three decades, including, but not limited to; Monster (the entire gamut of their products), Fulton, Polk, Cardas, JPS, D.H. Labs, Kimber, MIT, Audio Quest, Straight Wire, Herron Audio, Transparent, Gortz Alpha-Core, Silver Audio, Silver Circle Audio, Analysis Plus, Harmonic Technology, and now, the Audience Au24's. While I am able to note the differences every cable makes when inserted into my system, the Au24 marks the most fundamentally musical shift in performance I have yet to experience. In addition, that transformation has been universal in my experiments across equipment with price tags ranging from $200 to $8000. Don't let these skinny little blue cables escape your attention. These are world-class cables that, given the price tags of some of their portentous peers, represent an excellent value as well." - Greg Weaver, Positive Feedback Online, Writers' Choice Award Winner (read the review)

"The Audience Au 24 and powerChord cables share a family resemblance -- they balance tonality extremely well, have superb detail (again, in balance; neither too much nor too little of it), and they're smooth. Not colored-smooth, but just-right-smooth." - Wes Phillips, On Hi Fi (read the review)

"I find that the system as a whole with Au24 interconnects and speaker cable running from one end to the other now sounds more natural than it did with Valhalla. I am significantly less aware of "The System" and its sonic virtues, and more aware of musicians and music". - Robert Neill, Positive Feedback Online (read the review)

"They (the Audience Au 24-e Enhanced Interconnect Cable) are among the best cables at any price... given an honest chance (as honest as they are in their signal delivery), you very well may find yourself regarding them as cables that put a smile on your face and joy before your ears." - Jim Merod, On Sound and Music

"If your goal is to achieve a sonic signature that is balanced from top to bottom with that elusive truth-of-timbre, then the Audience line belongs on your short list".
- Henry Wilkenson, Stereotimes (read the review)

"The Audience Au24 interconnects and speaker cables are commendably neutral and natural, and they help you forget about chasing the pot o' gold at the end of the audiophile rainbow. These are attributes that the best cable should embody. - Doug Blackburn, (read the review)

Audience Au 24-e Enhanced Interconnect Cable


Enhanced "e" version of Audience Au24 cables Audience has developed proprietary technology to improve the conductivity of Audience Au24 cables, Conductor cables and powerChords that results in a more refined product. The basic musical character of the cables is unchanged; however they are enhanced. This technology results in the seeming removal of a veil resulting in the improvement of a world class product. In addition to the standard Au24 and powerChord cables, this new technology is available as an "e" enhanced version.

Audience Au 24-e Enhanced Interconnect Cable The Au24 cables attain the elusive goal of combining exquisite sonic detail with the beauty of true musicality. This is due in large part to the Au24's incredible time domain performance. One look will tell you these are not "me too" products. The materials, design and construction techniques utilized in the Au24 cable line reflect the latest thinking in state of the art, high-resolution technology. Contributing to the excellent time domain characteristics of the Au24 cables are high quality materials and proper configuration. Most audiophiles are aware of the importance of good insulating and conducting materials.

Technical The Au24 cables are constructed of OHNO continuous cast single crystal copper conductors with polypropylene insulation and cross-linked polyethylene jacket material. Relatively few people are aware of the role geometric configuration plays. If a given cable is not optimally configured to perform the task it was designed to do it will never sound as good as a cable with the correct physical/electrical characteristics regardless of which exotic materials are used in its construction. All Audience cables and especially the Au24 series are designed for low eddy-current resistance. This is the key electrical characteristic for good time response. Eddy-currents are created by the magnetic field found around a cable when an electrical signal is present. This magnetic field builds up and collapses as the signal varies. When the field collapses it induces an opposing voltage back into the cable. This opposing voltage causes eddy-currents in the conductor. If they could be seen, eddy-currents would look like swirling water in a river. This late arriving, opposing voltage disrupts the original signal by inducing a time-smearing artifact. These effects are clearly audible. Cables that sound "detailed" or "powerful in the bass" are usually victims of high eddy-currents. Eddy currents plus high capacitance can cause a cable to sound overly "relaxed." The particular type of coloration caused by eddy-currents is dependent on the materials, construction techniques and the geometric configuration of the cable. The Au24 cables exhibit extremely low eddy-current resistance.

Many cables are designed for the lowest possible capacitance. Other cables are designed for the lowest possible inductance. Actually, for properly balanced sound reproduction these inductive and capacitive values should both be minimized and the ratio of inductance to capacitance (L:C) must be optimized. By designing for the lowest possible eddy-current resistance at the correct specific frequency, proper L:C ratio is naturally arrived at and both of these properties are minimized. The result is natural reproduction as heard in real life without added emphasis or editorializing.

The Au24 cables may not sound as exciting at first but the virtues become apparent as the listener becomes familiar with them. Perhaps even more importantly, the musical overtones arrive in their proper time relationship with the fundamentals. This creates a more convincing illusion of reality and improves sound staging. For example, when properly recorded, a drummer's cymbals will now be placed back with the rest of the drum kit instead of appearing to emanate from the speakers. In developing the Au24 line we discovered how important simplicity is when highest possible performance is the design goal. Fancier connectors and layers of cosmetic sleeve would have made the cable look more expensive. However every time we made it look better it sounded worse. We were truly amazed at the sonically detrimental effects caused by bulky high-end connectors. The lessons learned with the Au24 cables have now been applied to our lower and mid-priced cables as well. Audience Au 24-e Enhanced Interconnect Cable


Audience exclusive Au24 RCA connectors are used on all cables requiring RCA termination. These simple, high quality connectors are far less colored than bulkier, fancier connectors. They are an advanced, minimalist design and have excellent grip and low contact resistance.

Audience balanced analog and AES/EBU digital interconnects are terminated with Neutrik XLR plugs. Audience will provide custom lengths and termination. The Au24 cables will begin to sound good after 2 to 3 hours playing time and will continue to improve for approximately 50 to 100 hours. ___________________________________________________________________ California sales subject to sales tax. Audio Revelation, Carlsbad, CA 92010 760.434.2625. 9am-6pm PST Monday through Saturday. Visits by appointment only please.

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