NP30 Network Player – Design Brief
April 2017
The NP30 Network Player M30 adapts any high quality music system for audiophile
streaming, Internet radio, aptX Bluetooth, and gapless audio playback, through
integration with UPnP devices such as PC/Mac/NAS iPod®, iPad®, iPhone® or USB thumb
drive. It’s a genuine 24/192 DAC including 3x optical, 1x SP/DIF, USB-A, USB-B, WLAN,
LAN inputs (incorporating an asynchronous master clock for low jitter), and XLR, RCA,
Digital (192 kHz), IRout, TRIGout outputs.
What we define for File Based Audio:
• Streaming: ‘live’ download for Internet radio and Music services like Spotify and
playing music over a network from NAS or PC
• Playback of Audio files: Playing music files directly from laptop or PC over a USBB connection. This means using programs like iTunes (Amara) and JRIVER as user
· Use of a high quality wireless router
· Use of high quality CAT7 Cables
· Use of a switch between the Primare MM30, NP30 or PRE60 and computer or NAS
· Use of good quality files such as WAV, AIFF or FLAC-uncompressed
· Primare App is available for both iOS and Android. (iOS version supports Voice Over for
visually impaired people)
· For High Res streaming LAN is needed.
· WLAN: 802.11b, g, n; 2.4 GHz band; WPA, WPA2 security – Ethernet: 10/100 MBit/s –
DHCP and AutoIP support
· Advantage of an asynchronous USB connection is that the clock, present in the DAC, controls
the flow of audio data from the computer to avoid the imprecise clock used in the computer.
· Please use a high quality USB-B cable for connection and make sure to check your audio
settings in your computer
· Also try the different USB connections on your laptop as they do sound different.
· Please make sure to download the PC audio driver from the SUPPORT section on our website
· For playing music from PC over USB-B please download the Primare PCaudio driver from
the SUPPORT page from .
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· From MAC it will play automatically.
· Over USB-B will give best sound quality from Spotify PREMIUM. (please set audio setting in
Spotify on Extreme)
· Firmware updates can be done from the device's MENU or from Primare App.
Supported Audio Formats
Audiophile Topology
Consistent with Primare design philosophy, the NP30 incorporates multiple power supplies to
ensure that optimum levels of clean power reach the digital and analogue sections -a master
switch mode power supply feeds a total of six analogue and three digital power supplies. To
further protect the purity of the analogue output signals, digital and analogue signal paths
have their own dedicated ground planes. Sound quality is preserved to the output with a fully
balanced output stage incorporating discrete FET amplifiers. An audiophile relay-controlled
MUTE circuit ensures super-quiet input selection.
24/192 USB Interface
For reliable 24/192 operation, Primare has chosen XMOS because it offers an integrated
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communication hub hosting the MCU. XMOS and Primare’s developers in Sweden, have
collaborated to optimize XMOS firmware for better performance from Primare’s XMOS
The NP30 uses a SRC4392 sample rate converter in conjunction with a Burr Brown PCM1792
24/192 DAC, running continually at 24/192. Incoming data at rates other than 24/192 are
up-sampled to 24/192 to ensure the optimal operation of the DAC.
Volume Control
Digital volume with default, fixed or variable selection is possible. The VC allows direct
connection to a pair of active loudspeakers or power amplifier.
Primare Control App available for iPhone/iPad and Android.
The Primare App allows you to choose and play media (including Internet radio) at resolutions
up to 24bit/192kHz from network shared music sources and storage through NP30, PRE60
and from I32 and PRE32 with installed MM30 board.
Primare App will:
Establish network connections and play from any network shared music source
Play from USB-A, (stick, iPhone etc.)
Play files up to 24bit/192 kHz resolution
Play internet radio (vTuner – )
Display and save playlists
Display format, bit rate and sample rate of the song playing
Provide fast forward and back navigation of the song playing
Provide volume control including default at start-up (fixed or variable on NP30) more….
Allow source selection of devices connected to inputs of the I32, PRE32, PRE60 and NP30
Allow the renaming of inputs on I32, PRE32 and PRE60
Give the I32, PRE32, PRE60 or NP30 a name on the network
Manage software updates on I32, PRE32, PRE60 and NP30
Please download the guide here:
Using a standard UPnP App
Any standard UPnP application on Android or IPhone/IPad can be used to access the
streaming functionality. However, while UPnP will allow you to browse a media server with
playlists, tracks, album-art and transport controls, some features are not available (USB-drive,
IPod, IPad, IPhone-USB devices). Also no radio is supported with a standard UPnP App.
Firmware upgrade
If a network connection is available, the NP30 can connect to a Primare server to download
new firmware. The Primare App offers an auto-upgrade feature, which automatically notifies
the user when an upgrade is available. Simply activate the upgrade from the App. New
Firmware can also be upgraded using a USB flash memory.
For compatibility with Primare’s high-performance audio design, the Bluetooth receiver-only
module supports high quality Bluetooth via aptX (android), AAC, MP3 but rather than use an
integrated DAC (as employed by other Bluetooth upgrades) the output is fed to the product’s
own Sample Rate Converter and up-sampled to 192kHz for optimum performance through the
existing high resolution DACs. In this way Primare’s Bluetooth the MM30 provides excellent
Bluetooth sound quality to the convenience of wireless Bluetooth connections.
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NP30 Features and Specifications
Audio formats: WAV, LPCM, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG,
Sample rates: 32-192kHz
WLAN: b, g, n mode; WEP (64 and 128Bit), WPA &WPA2 (TKIP & AES)
Connections output XLR, RCA, Digital (192 kHz), IRout, TRIGout
Connections input 3x optical (96kHz)
1x SPDIF (192kHz)
USB-B (192kHz)
WLAN (48kHz)
LAN (192kHz)
Weight 8.5 kg
Dimensions 430 x 370 x 95 mm
Power consumption Max 20W
Standby 0.5W
Output impedance RCA 100 Ohm; XLR 110 Ohm
XLR/RCA output both 2.2V
Signal to Noise 120dB
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