PRE35 DAC Preamplifier User Guide

Connecting sources

To play music from a source

  • Connect the source via a suitable cable:
Source Cable
Balanced analogue XLR cable
Unbalanced analogue Phono RCA cable
Digital optical Digital optical cable
Digital Digital coax cable
  • Select the source from the front panel, or using the remote control.

To use the PRE35 as a PC/Mac sound output device

  • Connect the Mac or PC to the PRE35 via a USB-A to USB‑B cable.


Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 (32/64-bit) is required. You need to install the Primare xmos audio driver, available on


OSX 10.4 or later is recommended. No driver is required.

  • Connect the computer’s USB port to the USB B input on the PRE35 using a USB A to USB B cable. 

The PRE35 will then appear as a sound output device called Primare USB Audio DAC in the Sound control panel (PC) or Sound system preferences panel (Macintosh).

  • Select the PC/MAC source on the PRE35.
  • Select the Primare USB Audio DAC as the sound output device in the Mac Sound system preferences panel or the PC Sound control panel.


Printing or saving as PDF

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Alternatively, you can save a user guide as PDF files, to refer to when are you not connected to the internet.

To do so, simply choose Print, or Print followed by Save as PDF, from your browser’s File menu.

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