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DAC-10H DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amp

  • Brand: Nuprime
  • Product Code: DAC-10H
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DAC-10H DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amp

NuPrime DAC-10H combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding with a high-power balanced headphone amplifier


The Ultimate Desktop DAC and Headphone Amp/Pre Amp

NuPrime DAC-10H DAC/pre-amp and ST-10 power amp are both selected by “The Absolute Sound” on-line journal (TAS) as the top picks of affordable High-end Audio components for 2015,  and included in the corresponding TAS Buyers Guide published.    Seven Stone, TAS editor has conducted a detailed review on both products, and the following are extracts of his conclusion:

"...over the years I’ve reviewed and used plenty of digital power amplifiers from Bel Canto, Wyred4Sound, April Music, and others, and I appreciate what a well-designed model can bring to a system. And it happens that the ST-10 is the best digital power amplifier I’ve heard to date..."

"......Within their product categories the 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…


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The NuPrime DAC-10H 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.

The Heart

  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 and DoP 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

  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.

   Other Features:


  • 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:

  • Vast soundstage

  • 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)

  • Stereo Balanced (XLR-3 socket pre-out )

  • Balanced headphone amplifier (XLR-4 socket )

  • Unbalanced headphone amplifier (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:   100 kHz

  • Crosstalk attenuation: min. 93 dB @ 1 kHz

  • THD+N: < 0.0003%

  • Dynamic range: > 115 dB @ 600 ohm load (A-weighted)

  • Dimensions: 59mm Height  x  215.4mm Width  x  394mm Depth

  • Weight: 10.5  pounds ( 4.8  kg )

  • Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select SwitchAC Fuse: Slow-blow,T2.5A, 250VAC

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