Due to New Primacy’s very warm signature, I find the best source to be one that is dead neutral, or has a little extra energy in the treble region. These IEMs don’t need any additional warmth from a player.
Shanling’s newest DAP, the M3s ($279) is a perfect pairing for New Primacy. It’s much closer to neutral than most players I’ve tested, with a very clear, clean sound. Especially out of its balanced port. It gives NP more air and light, which in turn gives you deeper insight into the elements within the track. The bass has nice tight attack and is not bloated in any way. The vocals are absolutely liquid. M3s>Affinity>New Primacy is a brilliant system, and won’t break the bank.
The Opus#1 by theBit (Currently $288.93 Review HERE) is still the best player I’ve heard under $600. In spite of what it’s going for now, I consider it an honest upgrade over the M3s. Tuning is about the same: neutral, with maybe a touch of treble brightness. But with Opus, the details really come forward in an expression of higher fidelity. The music takes on new dimensionality and depth, bolstered by insane dynamics. New Primacy’s notes hold extra weight and authority. Soundstage may be a little larger, too.
The Cayin N3 ($149, Review HERE) is a low-budget, small-profile, warmth monster. Audio refinement takes a hit at this price-range, but you’ll be hard pressed to care. New Primacy glories in unbridled warmth and musicality. Not the best pairing, but still highly enjoyable. Clarity goes down a notch, as does resolution, but in return you get bass and lushness for days. It’s hard not to love it.
My reference player is the Opus#2 ($1,149, Review HERE). I’d call it neutral-warm. Just a hint of warmth over a very resolving, powerful source. It’s the most natural DAP I’ve ever heard. Opus brings New Primacy to its full potential, with intense dynamics, meaty notes, and the widest of soundstages. There’s good clarity and a perfection of balance. All frequencies are under tight control, working at peak efficiency.
Boy, how I love these IEMs. Both the Oriveti New Primacy and Basic are a pleasure to the ears. No matter how many top of the line earphones I get my hands on, Oriveti reminds me what wonders abide at the lower and mid-tier when a company truly knows its craft. They’ve forged splendid monitors for on the go use. The ergonomics, combined with sound quality, makes these an easy recommendation, and two IEMs I shall reach for again and again.