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Nubert nuControl X - The new preamplifier for perfect sound management

Two hearts should beat in it, says Nubert electronic GmbH about the new Nubert nuControl X preamplifier, which was presented for the first time at the High End 2023 in Munich. Analogue and digital are not a contradiction, but rather combined in an optimal form for flexible use.

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  • With the new Nubert nuControl X, Nubert electronic GmbH aims to offer a particularly versatile preamplifier that performs at the highest level.

s the new high-end preamplifier that implements many customer wishes and is a particularly flexible solution for the outstanding control centre of every hi-fi chain, regardless of whether analogue or digital is used, because the new Nubert nuControl X is ideally prepared for all tasks, according to Nubert electronic GmbH.

The new Nubert nuControl X was presented for the first time at the High End 2023 in Munich and was said to have the potential to set new standards in its field.

Nubert nuControl X – Two hearts beat within it

From the point of view of the manufacturer from Schwäbisch Gmünd, the new Nubert nuControl X is a solution with two hearts beating in it, because it is equipped for digital as well as analogue.

Analogue or digital, that is not a contradiction, rather they have done everything to unite these two “worlds” optimally in the new Nubert nuControl X, said Nubert electronic Gmbh in conversation with at the High End 2023 in Munich.

It is interesting that Nubert electronic GmbH itself does not speak of a pure preamplifier, but rather of a combination of analogue preamplifier, state-of-the-art media player and D/A converter, as a network-capable multi-talent paired with intuitive operation.

Nubert nuControl X as an analogue preamplifier

If you consider the new Nubert nuControl X as a purely analogue preamplifier, there are two pairs of XLR sockets in addition to three pairs of RCA sockets, so the Nubert nuControl X has both unbalanced and balanced analogue inputs.

And that’s not all: an integrated phono preamplifier for MM and MC cartridges is also available, and directly at the front there is an integrated headphone amplifier via a 6.3 mm jack and a 4.4 mm Pentaconn, which is also unbalanced and balanced.

In addition to a pair of RCA sockets as record out, two RCA connections for connecting subwoofers and a pair of RCA sockets as line out, there is also a pair of XLRs as balanced analogue output.

Nubert nuControl X as digital preamplifier

The new Nubert nuControl X is well equipped for digital sources with two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF interfaces as well as an AES/EBU and a USB-A port as well as a USB-B port, so that USB storage media can be used as a source and a direct connection to a PC or Mac is possible.

An optical and a coaxial S/PDIF interface are available as digital outputs, which should not be forgotten to mention.

The Nubert nuControl X is capable of processing signals with a resolution of up to 32 bits and 768 kHz as well as DSD up to DSD512.

Nubert X-Connect is also available here, of course, to integrate appropriate solutions on this wireless standard, supporting send and receive via the new preamplifier.

Flexible streaming client

As already mentioned, Nubert electronic GmbH also refers to the new Nubert nuControl X as a media player, thus referring to the streaming functionality that is available through the support of UPnP, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast as well as Spotify Connect. The integration into the network is done optionally via WiFi or RJ45 Ethernet interface, whereby a second RJ45 socket is offered for the connection of further network components.

In addition, the new preamplifier also supports Bluetooth via the SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD and aptX LL codecs.

Versatile customisation options

The DSP-based signal processing of the new Nubert nuControl X allows for individual adjustment to the respective requirements and, of course, especially to the individual taste of the user.

Not only is there a tone control based on the Nubert tone scale, an adaptive loudness function and a 7-band equaliser, but also a balance control.

Simple operation

The front of the new Nubert nuControl X preamplifier features a very generously dimensioned 4-inch touchscreen colour display, a rotary encoder and, of course, a matching remote control. In addition, there is the Nubert X-Remote App for Apple iOS and Google Android. Of course, all settings of the preamplifier, including all DSP functions, can be made particularly easily via this app.

Elegant appearance

It goes without saying that the new preamplifier is presented in the well-known elegant, discreet design line of electronic components from Nubert electronic GmbH. This means that it can easily be combined with the Nubert nuPower D or Nubert nuPower A, depending on personal preference.

It should also be noted that the new Nubert nuControl X weighs in at 11.2 kg with dimensions of 43 cm in width, 39 cm in depth and a height of 11 cm.

Prices and availability

Nubert electronic GmbH still considers all information about the new Nubert nuControl X as a pre-announcement, it is not yet available and cannot be ordered at the moment. However, it has already been revealed that the new preamplifier will cost € 4.490,-.

Getting to the point

Analogue or digital, that is no contradiction for Nubert electronic GmbH, they want to prove this with the new Nubert nuControl X pre amplifier, which will be presented at the High End 2023 and which is perfectly equipped for both worlds, even more, which they call a true high-end solution, which has what it takes to set new standards in its class. In fact, one can speak of a multi-talent here, a solution that is an analogue preamplifier, streaming client and D/A converter in one.

Price€ 4.490,-
ManufacturerNubert electronic GmbH
DistributionNubert electronic GmbH
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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