I15 Prisma MK2 – a compact streaming integrated amplifier to fit anywhere

I15 Prisma MK2 is an award winning compact integrated amplifier and network player providing remarkable power and featuring Prisma music streaming and multi-room/multi-zone functionality; with its three-quarter-sized cabinet, opening up even greater possibilities for providing the highest quality music performance and access to any and every room in the house.

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Key features

  • Stream hundreds of music services using familiar apps and devices, including high resolution platforms like Qobuz, Spotify, and Tidal HiFi
  • Complete control of network connected hard drives using the Prisma application
  • Advanced input, output and control options to satisfy virtually any system needs, including voice control and Roon media management software
  • Powerful amplification and sophisticated DAC sections deliver every detail and nuance with power and precise control

Compact, All-In-One and Just Right

“Compact and Powerful: The dimensions of the I15 say nothing about the performance, because the amplifier combines power and refinement and by the broad support of modern hi-res audio formats you can also enjoy the best quality music. The I15 Prisma indeed delivers, as Primare has already thought up, performance that matches the Swedish expression ‘LAGOM’. This is just right. Especially when you look at the price.”

HVT, The Netherlands, September 2018

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Prisma – network player and multi-room technology

The Prisma technology bundle was created to allow everyone in the household to explore, discover, and share the deeply satisfying experience of high-performance music playback – providing multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control of stored and streamed media, whether wired or wireless, all managed from mobile devices with familiar streaming apps and a dedicated system control app.

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Amplifier and DAC technology

The amplification section utilises a class leading Hypex all analog output stage providing 60 watts of power into an 8-ohm and 100 watts into a 4-ohm load for astonishing drive and control of virtually any speaker, completely belying the amplifier’s compact size. The digital to analog conversion stage is equally impressive, capable of processing music files with resolution up to PCM 384kHz and DSD 256 capabilities.

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Our design philosophy

Primare products embody the Scandinavian design ideal of lagom – that sense of not too much or too little, but just right; everything in balance, proportion, and harmony.

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  • Output power2 x 60W/100W 8/4 ohms
  • DACESS ES9028Q2M
  • RCA1 x stereo analog pair
  • 3.5 mm1 x stereo analog/digital
  • RCA1 x digital input
  • Toslinkx 3 digital inputs
  • USB-B1 x digital input
  • RCA1 x stereo pair variable analog output
  • RCA1 x digital output
  • C25 remoteIR system control
  • IR3.5 mm in/out
  • RS232outboard system control port
  • 12V Triggerout
  • Prismaconnectivity and control
  • USB-Ax 1
  • Ethernetx 1
  • WiFi
  • AirPlay 2
  • Bluetooth
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Spotify Connect
  • Dimensions350 x 73 x 329 mm (WHD)
  • Weight6.4 Kg
  • Finishblack or titanium

For more detailed specifications see the design brief and user guide.

I15 Prisma MK2 – integrated amplifier and network player

The I15 Prisma MK2 is a compact integrated system control center and amplifier – capable of providing exemplary performance whether the source is analog or digital, stored or streamed, wired or wireless.

Technology

Input Section – Carefully crafted input circuitry utilizes relays for input switching providing better isolation and sound than found in more conventional CMOS (Complementary metal– oxide–semiconductor) switches, and improved 2 x 4 channel balanced mode volume control IC selected for optimal channel balance and low listening level performance.

Amplification – The I15 Prisma employs a specially made Hypex UCD102 amplifier module, fed by our custom heavy duty switch mode power supply and carefully crafted analog input stage, provides a dynamic and detailed sound. The large scale mass production of this module allows us to provide the balanced and coherent sound for which Primare has become known at a more reasonable price than can be achieved with our limited production UFPD 2 amplifier module technology found in the larger I25 and I35, and A35.2 amplifiers.

Digital to Analog Conversion (DAC) – In order to allow for playback of virtually any digital source with absolute accuracy and musicality a high performance 32-bit stereo ESS ES9028Q2M reference DAC chipset was selected for the I15 Prisma MK2, which uses the critically acclaimed ESS patented 32-bit HyperStream technology capable of delivering a DNR of 129dB and THD+N of -120db S/N, while supporting up to 384kHz PCM and 256/11.2MHz DSD; performance levels that will satisfy the most demanding system needs and audio enthusiast.

 

 

 

 

Control

Front Panel Display – the latest generation OLED display technology used in the I15 Prisma MK2 was originally developed for the automobile industry to ensure long life in even the most hostile environments, and improved readability due to greater consistency of colour value and brightness level.

Control Configuration – either from the front panel, C25 IR remote control or Prisma app, the I15 Prisma can be configured to best suit system needs, including:

Inputs can be assigned as a surround sound passthrough for incorporating the amplifier into a home cinema. Auto sense input circuitry can be configured to wake up the I15 Prisma MK2 from standby and automatically select any input source, or if already operating select any source, as it is activated.

Prisma – Network Player and Multi-room Technology

Prisma is a bundle of technologies that provide the broadest range of network music player features and functionality. Essentially created to be a streamer that would allow everyone, and everywhere, in the household to explore, discover, and share the deeply satisfying experience of high-performance music playback – Prisma provides multi-room/multi-zone connectivity and control of stored and streamed media, whether wired or wireless, all managed from mobile devices through the dedicated Prisma system control app.

In addition to control of network connected hard drives using the Prisma application, Prisma includes AirPlay 2, Bluetooth®, Roon Ready*, Spotify Connect®, and Chromecast built-in, a unique streaming portal allowing effortless direct connection to hundreds of streaming applications and services, including voice control, for the best possible performance and user experience.

*by future update

Roon Ready

Roon transforms the experience of browsing music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable, searchable digital magazine about your music collection.

And Roon finds all the same links between your personal files and the millions of tracks available on TIDAL, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music from the world beyond your collection

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System Building

With the 15 Series, we offer a carefully considered array of models in order to allow for the best selection to fit any of your system needs. For example, the ultimate 15 Series system might be the DD15 CD transport, SC15 Prisma preamplifier and network player, I15 analog integrated amplifier, and R15 MM/MC phono preamplifier, allowing for the best performance, analog or digital, with the greatest number of connection options. However, there may be no need for additional digital inputs, MC phono preamplification may not be requirement, or simply to address budget or size considerations, a system composed of CD15 Prisma CD and network player with an I15 MM integrated amplifier with MM15 MM phono module installed could be assembled. This compact and reasonably priced system provides multiple analog source playback, including vinyl disc, as well as digital disc, stored or streamed media playback, with remarkable power, control, and connection flexibility. And finally, for those without the need for either CD or LP playback, an I15 Prisma with a pair of speakers may be all that is needed to build the perfect system.

 

 

 

The look and feel of Scandinavia

We believe that every aspect of our products – the way they look, the satisfying feel of the controls – contributes to the overall experience of living with Primare. As a result, Primare products exude the hallmarks of Scandinavian design – simple, elegant designs, with approachable and easy to understand functionality.
An example of this is the idea of being inconspicuous, of not drawing undue attention, which is inherent in the physical design of the I15 Prisma MK2, both in its compact size as well as minimal display and button array providing all the information and control necessary; simply and elegantly.

For more details read the I15 Prisma MK2 Design Brief at this link or the videos below:

I15 Prisma Integrated Amplifier and SC15 Prisma Network Player Video

In this video we review the features and functionality of both the I15 Prisma integrated amplifier and SC15 Prisma network player that may make them the perfect addition to your system.

15 Series System Building Video

In this video describes some of the system options available with 15 Series models.

  • Sound & Vision, USA, May 2019
    I15 Prisma Integrated Amplifier/DAC Review

    Flexible streaming options enhance the appeal of this sleek-looking integrated amplifier/DAC with serious audiophile pedigree and performance.”

     

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  • Stereo+, Norway, October 2021
    Stereo+ I15 Prisma MK2

    I15 Prisma MK2: Practical and Sounding (Praktisk og Vellydende)

    The sound of the Primare I15 Prisma has impressive control in the bass area providing a very good foundation on which the rest of the sound image can be built. The bass is also deep and powerful, and it cannot really be tipped off balance even on such grandiose speakers as Triangle Number 40th. Given that you do not play loud all the time.

    The midrange has something of the same playing style as the bass. It is precise and very controlled, while being detailed and open. The treble can best be described as neutral, and it plays fine and detailed without anything sticking out in the soundscape or becoming synthetic and artificial. The amplifier in combination with the built-in digital converter has an analog character that makes it easy to listen to music and which is nimble and flattering. The amplifier is still suitably detailed and open, and it has more than enough energy in all situations, but you never get it to fall on the bright side of neutral almost regardless of the choice of music.

    9 points / 5 Stars / Impressive

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  • HiFi+, UK, October 2021
    HiFi+ Innovation Award 2021

    Primare have received an Innovation award from HiFi+ with the following citation:

    First founded in 1985 by industrial designer Bo Christensen, Primare’s is perhaps one of the most recognisably Scandinavian brands in audio. Its combination of minimalism and good performance all point to a Swedish brand.

    So, when Primare uses a Swedish word to describe its ethos, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised. That word is ‘Lagom’ (pronounced ‘laah-goam’) and roughly translates to ‘just the right amount.’ In Primare’s world this means keeping everything in balance, harmony and proportion, and that the music – rather than the technology or the box in which it comes – should be the focus of audio.

    To this end, Primare employs a very modular approach to its product design, such as its latest Ultra Fast Power Device module (used throughout the range), which shows what Class D can do in the hands of very competent design engineers.

    Link to announcement: HiFi+200 Innovation Award 

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  • FWD, The Netherlands, July 2021
    Primare I15 and CD15 Prisma – a wonderful duo

    “We have experienced the Primare I15 and CD15 Prisma as a wonderful duo. We praise the balance that the manufacturer has managed to find in construction, optics and performance… The Prisma App is one of the best streaming apps on the market and soon all streaming Prisma products will even be ROON certified. When we weigh everything up, this Primare 15 Series reviewed by us is hard to beat. The sound quality is of an amazingly high level and the sound character particularly appeals to us.”

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  • Qobuz Store Magazine, USA, June 2020
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma: the best streaming amplifier on the market?

    “Primare’s integrated network amplifier is decked out to the brim and includes numerous functions within a reduced format and exhaustive connectivity. Such products are made to replace each and every component within an entire HiFi system: nothing more is required than to connect it to your speakers. This is what HiFi in 2020 looks without making any concessions in musical quality… A real catch, a Qobuzissime worthy of the name.”

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  • AVTech, United Kingdom, December 2018
    AVTech Media Award 2018/2019: Best Stereo Integrated Amplifier I15 Prisma

    “This small-footprint integrated amplifier combines DAC and streaming capabilities with a Class D output stage inside a remarkably clean-looking chassis. It puts out a claimed 2x60W into 8ohm and delivers a sound that is more potent than its three-quarter-width dimensions might suggest. In use, its majestic grace, poise and control is matched by a measured and even tonality. Smooth, couth and sophisticated, Primare’s I15 Prisma proves that you can have the convenience of app control, stylish elegance and musical satisfaction all in one.”

  • EISA, International, August 2018
    EISA AMPLIFIER 2018-2019 Award: Primare I15 Prisma

    “Primare’s industrial design speaks volumes in this stylish, slimline amplifier. Despite being just three-quarters the size of conventional separates, it punches way above its weight in sound and features. Alongside conventional analogue inputs, there’s a hi-res PCM/DSD DAC plus Prisma connectivity and control technology that includes Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Chromecast (with Roon) functionality. It sounds surprisingly good for its size – super-smooth and creamy with detail aplenty and satisfying stage depth. The proven Class D power amplifier is meaty enough to drive most loudspeakers, while the fascia’s crisp OLED display keeps track of source and volume settings. Factor in the svelte alloy casework and the I15 Prisma makes great sense for those seeking something out of the ordinary.”

  • Stereolife, Poland, July 2019
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma

    “The Swedes have followed a fairly obvious path here – if you can hear more, it means it’s better. It’s hard to disagree with that, because listening to their basic amplifier you get the impression that the music reaches you without artificial barriers and delays.”

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  • Audio Stereo, Poland, April 2020
    I15 Prisma: “Toddler” with huge possibilities

    “So if you are looking for a small amplifier with virtually unlimited possibilities for the world of digital streaming and a wealth of connections, if you are looking for an immersive sound that consistently reveals subtle shadings and details – the I15 will be the perfect partner for long evenings.”

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  • Audiophile.fr, France, October 2019
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma

    “We feel that Primare masters its subject. With this amplifier, the music takes shape: it is devoid of any “artistic” blur or overly “insistent” colouring, or displacement. The emphasis was placed on smoothness with a deep sense of detail and consistency that I would not have suspected at first. Also, I recommend without restriction that you get to know the musical flavour of the I15. Good tasting!”

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  • ON-MAG, February, March 2019
    I15 Prisma: A small high-end HiFi amplifier, ultra-square and ultra-connected

    “The sound reproduction is particularly clean, pure, square with a notable absence of all forms of coloring. The Primare I15 Prisma is not a demonstrative, exuberant amplifier that imposes its personality. On the contrary, it is very neutral, both soft and precise.”

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  • Stereo +, Norway, May 2018
    I15 Prisma: Cool and Compact

    “For anyone looking for a complete amplifier for a smaller system, it is near perfect. It plays brilliantly, has a sensible and well-functioning equipment package, and as long as it is not pressed into completely senseless circumstances, it also delivers great and engaging sound with true presence. Five Stars.”

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  • Alpha Audio, The Netherlands, April 2019
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma amplifier streamer

    “The Primare I15 Prisma is a modern all-rounder with high user-friendliness. The sound is balanced, entirely according to the philosophy of this Swedish manufacturer. The amplifier, the DAC and the streamer are all excellent. The small Primare I15 Prisma can be the digital heart of a beautiful set that takes up little space but still plays big. We say: Alpha Approved!”

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  • HiFi News, United Kingdom, October 2018
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma networked amplifier

    “Such is the elegant industrial design of this compact, network-capable integrated amp that its versatility might, on very brief examination, be missed. For alongside its fine sound there’s extensive functionality including Roon and Chromecast. Decidedly not a minimalist product, the Primare I15 Prisma is a lovely listen that packs a wealth of technology into a small box, and does so with great elan. HIGHLY COMMENED.”

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  • HiFi Choice, UK, May 2019
    I15 Prisma: Beautiful System – Primare / Falcon Acoustics – Emotional content

    “What we have here is a system that consistently shows that character is not a polite excusing of flaws or faults. It is utterly vice-less to live with and has a specification that allows it to perform almost any role you can envisage from an audio system in 2019. Thanks to the materials involved and the care and effort in their construction, the result is an almost perfect physical manifestation of equipment that generates the feeling that has me referencing kung fu movies. Every time I’ve sat down to listen to this system, I’ve ended up happier than when I started… and it doesn’t get much better than that.”

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  • Audio Video, Poland, May 2019
    I15 Prisma: Swedish Integration

    “I15 behaves like a pure audiophile amplifier with normal dimensions. In the sonic sphere, there is no indication that the housing is half as big as usual. I was surprised by the maturity and richness of the sound – its scale, momentum, and power. And amazingly low compression.”

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  • HiFi Musik, Sweden, April 2019
    Effortless streaming – Primare’s new talents

    “I have myself never heard a amplifier in this price class that sounds so explosive and powerful in the low end, yet sounding so subtle and detailed with precision.”

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  • On Magazine, France, March 2019
    I15 Prisma: Primare I15 Prisma test: a small hi-end amp, ultra solid and ultra connected

    “The sound reproduction is particularly clean, pure, solid with a notable absence of all forms of coloration. The Primare I15 Prisma is not a demonstrative, exuberant amplifier that imposes its personality. On the contrary, it has great neutrality, at the same time soft and precise. But that does not stop it from being strong.”

    View full review

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