Audio Aero Prima

I was looking on AA website and I noticed that the prima is different looing than all the ones I have seen in reviews (much nicer IMO). Is the player still the same in every other aspect? Does it still have a digital volume control and Balanced XLR? Thanks!
AA just gave it a new face plate. Everything else is the same as the MKII. I agree that it does look better than the older version. I beleive the remote has been changed too......
Zenieth is incorrect (or at least he was given incorrect information :-)

A friend of mine who is buying a new Prima called the distributor in Canada to ask about it. He was told it has, among other things, a completely different transport (Sony instead of Philips), a new, better power supply, Black Diamond Racing cone feet (which they didn't have before), and, yes, new looks with sculpted face plate.
It's supposed to sound noticeably better than the previous Prima model.

Thanks for the clarification. I was repeating what I heard. It's obvious since the proof is in what the distributor said. With all of those cahnges I've got to hear one myself.
I have spent some quality time with the Prima MK II SE DAC, which is more like the D/A section of Capitole II than the Prima CD player. It is one of the better DAC's out there.
Ill jump in on this thread as Im looking at the AA Prima.

Zenieth..You had made a post over on my thread... as Im looking to upgrade from my Jolida 100, and you highly recommended the AA Prima 24/96 MkII as the one to beat,and you mentioned you just got one on Audiogon..( was that the basically new one for the best offer??..if probably got a great deal.


as they dont come up often, I may inquire about a new unit..who is the distributor for the US market or do I have to use the Canadian dist?? I know there is a guy in NYC(Avantgarde) who advertizes them.Thanks..Ken
According to AA in France the 24/192 dac in the new MK II cd player is also different from the Mk I version.
Experience Audio in Seattle or Audio Federation in Denver are AA dealers.
Thanks for the info Islandear.

Yes that was the one that I was lucky enough to get. I previously owned a MKII Prima. I thought it had very good sound too. We'll see what the new changes bring to the ear. I still say that this is the one to beat! I will not disclose the purchase price on this thread. But if you email me off the board I'd be glad to share the information.

Globe Audio Marketing in Canada is the distributor for both Canada and the USA
They have a Representative in the USA. All of the info can be found on their website.
I owned a Prima for about a year. Although it's a good and competent player, it is not a great one. The transport unquestionably leaves a lot to be desired and it is not a particularly well built machine. Perhaps the new transport will change that. At the time it was a great bargain vis a vis the competiton. However, in the last couple years other players have surpassed it in both sonics and build quality.
Which players have surpassed it for sonics and build? If there is better price/performance player that's in its price range that betters the new Prima..I am interested in knowing before I make a purchase..Thanks
Kehut - I went from a Jolida JD100 to a Prima Mk2 and I am very happy with the improvement. Check out my "system" page for details and comparisons with other CD players.

Personally, I am happy to have a Prima with the Philips CD12 transport instead of the basic Sony one.