Primare R15 – MM/MC phono preamplifier

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R15 – MM/MC phono preamplifier

R15 is a award winning compact MM/MC phono preamplifier, providing the ideal interface between the low-level output of a moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge and the line-level inputs of your hi-fi system.

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EISA PHONO PREAMP 2020-2021 Primare R15

“It’s the ideal interface between a high-quality record player and the line input of your amplifier.”

We are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, one of our new models have been honoured with a prestigious EISA award. It is satisfying to note that the EISA Hi-Fi panel not only recognised the R15 MM/MC Phono Preamp for its superior performance, but also acknowledged the flagship R35 on which its circuit design is based, identifying in each Primare’s signature sound as a “mix of weight and substance allied to detail and resolution.”

Primare R15 MM/MC phono preamplifier technology inside

Technology

R15 MM/MC phono preamp is designed to amplify with honest fidelity the delicate signal from any cartridge it is paired with.

Although housed in our compact three-quarter sized 15 series cabinetry, the same care and craft that informs the design of the larger and somewhat more capable R35 MM/MC phono preamplifier has informed the design of the R15, allowing all circuits to work sympathetically together for superior sound and greater fidelity. With sufficient gain to amplify the signal from virtually any moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge, and very flexible input adjustment allows for ideal system matching.

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 standby button discretely placed within the Primare logo on the faceplate of our R15, R35 and A35.2 models – or as we say lagom, not too much not too little, everything in balance, proportion, and harmony.

Primare R15 MM/MC phono preamplifier front black
Primare System Building CD15 I15 R15

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.

R15 and R35 Phono Preamplifiers

In this video we review the features and functionality of both the R15 and R35 MM/MC phono preamplifiers that may make them the perfect addition to your system.

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DD15, SC15 Prisma, R15, I15 MM: Primare 15 System

“For my part, I’d be happy with the system whichever way it was put together… In other words, if you want to keep your options open and have all of those options sound good, don’t be surprised if all your electronics end up with a Primare logo on the front.”


HiFi+, UK, September 2020 ,   Download PDF

R15: Simple & Moving

“The R15 masters the art of combining transparency with tonal cohesion, which makes a significant contribution to the sophisticated aura exuded by the pleasantly discreet Primare, whose equally unaffected and stylish design found an equivalent in the sound. The R15 performs beyond its price range and was also not overwhelmed by high-quality pickups – regardless of the type. So, the supposedly simple Primare turned out to be quite moving in the end. Price/Performance – Outstanding.”


Stereo, DE, August 2020,   Download PDF

R15: Prime Candidate

“Nine minutes of “Comfortably Numb” isn’t just atmospheric but utterly mesmerising with a sense of air and unfettered bandwidth that captures the scale and magic of the music and the venue… This has nothing to do with the hyped presence some phono stages employ to pep up proceedings, but a precision and focus that doesn’t blunt edges, blur textures or drag tempos and presents the solid and the spacious as a coherent whole with the full spectrum of tonal colours and accurately rendered instrumental timbres. Recommended, Five Stars.”


Hi-Fi Choice,. UK, May 2020,   Download PDF

R15: Schwedenhappen

“But the R15 enchanted us. It was warm, soulful, quick, brilliant – the best of both Worlds. By the standards one would have our best list quite double for that quality. Therefore, a highlight and a loud one. Buy recommendation.”


Stereoplay, Germany, February 2020,   Download PDF

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Awards and Reviews

We are not the only ones convinced that Primare Products create a remarkable sound experience. Read what journalists around the world have to say.

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MSRP 1000 €
Price may vary due to differences in currency, sales and import taxes.

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  • MM/MCmoving magnet and moving coil
  • Gain adjustmentup to 45db MM and 65db MC
  • Load adjustmentcapacitive and resistance
  • RCA1 x stereo pair input
  • RCA1 x stereo pair output
  • Dimensions350x73x339mm (WHD)
  • Weight6.5 Kg
  • Finishesblack or titanium
  • HiFi+, UK, September 2020
    DD15, SC15 Prisma, R15, I15 MM: Primare 15 System

    “For my part, I’d be happy with the system whichever way it was put together… In other words, if you want to keep your options open and have all of those options sound good, don’t be surprised if all your electronics end up with a Primare logo on the front.”

    View/download full review as PDF

  • Stereo, DE, August 2020
    R15: Simple & Moving

    “The R15 masters the art of combining transparency with tonal cohesion, which makes a significant contribution to the sophisticated aura exuded by the pleasantly discreet Primare, whose equally unaffected and stylish design found an equivalent in the sound. The R15 performs beyond its price range and was also not overwhelmed by high-quality pickups – regardless of the type. So, the supposedly simple Primare turned out to be quite moving in the end. Price/Performance – Outstanding.”

    View/download full review as PDF

  • Hi-Fi Choice,. UK, May 2020
    R15: Prime Candidate

    “Nine minutes of “Comfortably Numb” isn’t just atmospheric but utterly mesmerising with a sense of air and unfettered bandwidth that captures the scale and magic of the music and the venue… This has nothing to do with the hyped presence some phono stages employ to pep up proceedings, but a precision and focus that doesn’t blunt edges, blur textures or drag tempos and presents the solid and the spacious as a coherent whole with the full spectrum of tonal colours and accurately rendered instrumental timbres. Recommended, Five Stars.”

    View/download full review as PDF

  • Stereoplay, Germany, February 2020
    R15: Schwedenhappen

    “But the R15 enchanted us. It was warm, soulful, quick, brilliant – the best of both Worlds. By the standards one would have our best list quite double for that quality. Therefore, a highlight and a loud one. Buy recommendation.”

    View/download full review as PDF

Primare Bent Nielsen, Chief Engineer at Primare since 1986

Bent Nielsen

Chief Engineer at Primare since 1986

Engineers notes:
R15 Preliminary Specifications

R15 MM/MC phono preamplifier although housed in our compact three-quarter sized 15 series cabinetry, the same care and craft used to design the larger and somewhat more capable R35 MM/MC phono preamplifier informs the R15, allowing all circuits to work sympathetically together for superior sound and greater fidelity. With sufficient gain to amplify the signal from virtually any moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge and flexible input adjustment available for ideal system matching, the small size belies the big capabilities and sound of R15

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Gain MM RCA 1KHz            Adjustable 40, 45dB

Gain MC RCA 1KHz             Adjustable 60, 65dB

 

Resistance loading MM         Adjustable 2.5, 47 K Ohm

Resistance loading MC         Adjustable 30-500 Ohm (6 steps)

 

Capacitive loading MM        Adjustable 100, 200, 300, 400pF

Capacitive loading MC         Adjustable 100pF, 1nF

 

 

Subsonic filter                      -3dB/12Hz, 12dB/octave

 

Maximum output level                     11V rms

Output impedance               100 Ohm RCA

 

RIAA Correction                   +/- 0.2dB

 

Channel separation MM        80dB 1kHz

Channel separation MC        77dB 1kHz

 

THD + Noise MM                 <0.02% 20Hz -20kHz

THD + Noise MC                 <0.03% 20Hz -20kHz

 

Signal to Noise MM             83dB 1KHz A-weighted 5mV input Gain

Signal to Noise MC              74dB 1KHz A-weighted 0.5mV input Gain

 

Power Consumption

Standby                             <0.5W

Operating                          <20W

 

Dimensions

Width                                350mm

Depth                                313mm with knobs and connectors

Height                                73mm

Weight                                        6.5Kg 

 

 

Note: features and specifications are preliminary and subject to change.