I love the NuPrime IDA-8. It sounds fantastic, has plenty of power to drive any reasonably efficient loudspeaker to room-filling levels, it’s compact, and, best of all, it costs less than $1000. It also has a built-in DAC that can play hi-rez PCM files with sampling rates up to 384kHz, as well as DSD files. The Optoma NuForce DDA120 is still an excellent value at $699, but for me, the significant step up in performance with the IDA-8 is well worth $296 more. Pair it, as I did, with such speakers as the GoldenEar Triton Five — or, perhaps, the more expensive but still extremely high-value Revel Performa3 F206 or KEF R500, both of which come highly recommended by Doug Schneider — and a true high-end audio system based on the IDA-8 may be more affordable than you think. In fact, the NuPrime IDA-8 was so good that it seemed almost a shame to extract it from my reference rig and reinstall it in my second system, where it will remain as my new budget reference amplifier. It’s one of the best deals available in audio today.
. . . Roger Kanno
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