PrimaLuna at the CES 2016!


The PrimaLuna room at CES was playing an animal of a system!  Featuring VPI IndustriesKisekiManley LabsPS AudioSonus faber this room was both a visual and sonic statement!

The Kiseki Blue & Kiseki PurpleHeart NS cartridge (also represented by Kevin Deal and a creation of Herman van den Dungen, founder PrimaLuna) were mounted on the great and beautiful VPI Avenger turntable. This room brought a lot of great vinyl alive in the room. They busted out a vintage Nautilus Half Speed Master of Neil Young Harvest and watching some old hippies rocking back and forth was a joy!

PrimaLuna CES 2016

In our other room we hooked up our “Recommended” PrimaLuna DiaLogue HP Premium Integrated Amplifier with the YG Acoustics Carmel Two loudspeakers.

Showgoers were amazed at the powerful output and dynamics that were achieved by this combination. The system delivered rich tonality, excellent bass slam and a holographic soundstage.

In December 2015 John Atkinson of Stereophile Magzine has reviewed this great combination! Read the full review HERE.

YG Acoustics PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier

For us the CES 2016 was a big succes! A lot of people have visited our rooms and they LIKED it! We want to thank Kevin Deal and his great team for making the CES 2016 a big succes and all that he is doing for PrimaLuna in the USA and worldwide. Also we would like to thank our partners during the CES 2016. VPI Industries, Manley, PS Audio and YG Acoustics. Thank you veru much! And last but not least… We thank everybody that have visit our rooms during the CES 2016!

Below you visit the website of the brands that were represented in our room.

PrimaLuna

KISEKI

VPI Industries 

Manley Labs

PS Audio

YG Acoustics

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PrimaLuna features in TAS Illustrated History of High-End Audio Volume Two.


Illustrated History of High-End AudioRecently, the American publisher The Absolute Sound, released the 2nd book in the series Illustrated History Of High-End Audio.

The first book highlights people and brands that played an important role in everything related to the development of loudspeakers. The 2nd book deals with the same but for the audio electronics.

In the 2nd Edition PrimaLuna and the man behind this beautiful Dutch brand, Herman van den Dungen, are highlighted. Along with his USA distributor Kevin Deal.

As a company and as a team Durob Audio is very proud that we represent The Netherlands in this prestigious book.

Herman van den Dungen

” Proud to be in there! Thanks to my family and friends, my team, our clients and suppliers, the audio-press, not to forget partner and friend Kevin Deal and of course all the consumers who trusted us enough to buy a PrimaLuna product for enjoying their favorite music at home. Thanks again everybody! ”

Herman & Kevin PrimaLuna

 

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NEW review of our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier by The Speaker Shack!


We had a GREAT start of the week! Mr Giancarlo Massironi of The Speaker Shack has been testing our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier for several weeks. While testing he has shared his thoughts and photo’s of the HP amplifier on his website and Facebook page and now the full review is available online!

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier

The Speaker Shack (the text below is from the website of The Speaker Shack)

The Speaker Shack Forum is a website which is for AV and HiFi followers and when the site first started it mainly focused on KEN KREISEL (the man Ken Kreisel is a dear old friend from Herman by the way :-)) who is a legend in the Speaker industry but is now opening up to all brands and all types of equipment associated with AV and HiFi.

I myself have had many dedicated AV and HiFi set ups over the years and some being very High End to some being very basic but it does not matter as long as you get the meaning of what this hobby is all about and that is the pleasure of Music and watching movies on systems that can recreate a cinematic experience at Home and most of the time is better than what you get at the Cinema. I do hope you all enjoy my site and you are all welcome to join whether it be a passion for HiFi or you are crazy about AV it does not matter, this is meant for everyone and that’s you the enthusiast!!! I do many Equipment Reviews on my site and focus in on what I feel are the strongest points or features of certain products rather than going over old ground where other people have already reviewed the said equipment, I try and make my reviews more to the point and what I feel is more suited, anyway I hope you enjoy them!!

As you will read in the review Giancarlo is new in the world of tubes! He starts the introduction of his review with:

“This is my first introduction into the world of tube amplification and I was somewhat hesitant at first because I have always been a loyal follower of solid state amplifiers and never thought for once that you would need to use anything else as it seemed to do just fine. I suppose ignorance is bliss but you need to dip your toe in the water from time to time to test other types of kit otherwise you will never learn, and boy what a learning experience this has been for me and what an introduction the PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier has made.” 

“I feel that this introduction into the world of tube amplifiers has been made all that more easier with PrimaLuna as the products are so easy to operate and the functionality of the HP Amplifier is one of the smartest that I have used in my systems for a long time.”

These words mean a lot for us because this is why we started more than 10 years ago! In the review Giancarlo takes you in his NEW world, the world of PrimaLuna tubes!

The PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifer is reviewed with the KEFReference One speakers. He says:

“I have now heard how good my KEF Reference One Speakers can sound on the end of a quality tube amplifier and it is an eye opener for all those people who are using solid state amplifiers.”

Click HERE for visiting the website of The Speaker Shack and read the full review!

Click HERE to follow The Speaker Shack on Facebook.

More information about our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier you find HERE.

Absolute Sounds is the distributor for PrimaLuna in the UK. Visit their website HERE

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New! The Conrad Johnson CA 150 Control Amplifier!


Conrad Johnson CA 150 Control AmplifierThe NEW Conrad Johnson CA 150 Control Amplifier has arrived at Durob Audio!

The CA150 control amplifier represents a distinctly different approach to
high-performance home audio. In many ways it is the ultimate embodiment of our
corporate design philosophy that simple circuits yield best results.

Similar in function to an integrated amplifier, a control amplifier offers the significant potential improvement of eliminating extra connections, external cabling, and inter-device connection considerations that limit conventional audio systems. But the control amplifier also eliminates an entire stage of audio circuitry (the line stage) and its inherent colorations.

The CA150 audio circuit is similar to our highly regarded MF2550 and MF2275
power amplifiers, with fet voltage gain circuit for tube-like transfer function and a high-current bi-polar output stage to achieve a high damping factor with limited negative feedback. The CA150 adds a sophisticated level control circuit that allows for precisely repeatable level and balance settings made in 1.0 dB increments.

Most integrated amplifiers not only forgo the advantage of eliminating redundant
circuits, but also are cheapened by stripping out features and sacrificing parts
quality to offer a low cost entry into a prestigious brand, thereby failing to achieve even the performance gains that could be afforded by integrating preamp and amp into a single package.

By contrast, the CA150 is a full featured control unit with seven line-level inputs including a theater loop, and its circuits incorporate the kind of top quality parts for which conrad-johnson is known. All resistors in the audio circuits and related power supplies are precision metal film types. With the exception of the large power supply reservoir capacitors (which are specially chosen electrolytic capacitors bypassed by polypropylenes), all capacitors in these circuits use polystyrene and polypropylene dielectrics. The over-sized power transformer would not seem out of place in an amplifier with much higher power rating. Even the machined gold-plated connectors have been selected for their sonic-excellence.

The use of carefully selected, high-quality parts enables the CA150 to properly
exploit the dramatic potential of a control amplifier to enhance the immediacy
of musical experience afforded by fine recordings. As a result, the CA150 is
notable for its resolution of subtle dynamic shadings and palpable imaging, for
a natural harmonic tonality, and extraordinary resolution.

Specifications

Power:135 watts per channel RMS both channels driven into 8 ohms from 20Hz to 20KHz at no more than 1% total harmonic distortion or intermodulation distortion.
Small Signal Distortion: less than .1% at mid-band
Sensitivity: 2.0 Volts rms to rated power
Frequency Response (at 10 watts): 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- .5 dB
Hum and Noise: 100 dB below rated power
Input Impedance: 10k Ohms
Phase: speaker output is phase correct, sub-woofer output is phase correct

Mechanical

Dimensions: 14.625″D x 19″W x 4.5″H
Weight: 33 lb.

If you want more information of the NEW Conrad Johnson CA 150 Control Amplifier or other products of Conrad Johnson contact Durob Audio HERE

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NEW!! SONOMA SERIES MERLOT DAC AND SYRAH MUSIC SERVER FROM PLAYBACK DESIGNS


Playback_Designs.jpg.648x460_q85Playback Designs is launching a new series of components under the Sonoma name—in reference to the eponymous pro audio DSD workstations—and the first two introductions are the Merlot DAC and the Syrah Music Server.

The Merlot DAC is a state-of-the-art D/A converter with AES/SPDIF/USB/PLink digital inputs that support any sample rate and format up to quad DSD. Its discrete architecture is software upgradeable for future Playback Designs updates. In addition to balanced and unbalanced line-level analog outputs, there’s also a headphone output on the front panel with discrete volume control. An easy-to-use recording software application allows the creation of wave or DFF/DSF files on a computer from digital sources connected to Merlot.

The Syrah Music Server is the companion product to the Merlot DAC. It provides internal storage, but can be connected to external storage and networks. The Syrah supports DLNA streaming, rips CDs automatically from an external drive, and offers extensive metadata capabilities. Able to be controlled via iPad/Android tablets, it supports any file format and native sample rate, and connects to Merlot via USB for native file playback. Also on offer is the “OpBox” modification kit for Oppo players, which allows a direct connection to the Merlot DAC via ST optical cable. This permits digital audio data sourced from any disc (CD, SACD, DVD or Blu-ray) to be transmitted natively via the Oppo’s optical output to Merlot for direct conversion to analog. The conversion is an easy install and can be performed either by a dealer or end user directly.

Durob Audio is the distributor for Playback Designs in the BeNeLux. More news will follow soon! For more information please contact Durob Audio HERE

 

 

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The Absolute Sound magazine 2015 EDITORS’ CHOICE: PREAMPLIFIERS


The Absolute magazine have released their 2015 Editors’ Choice Awards in the category PREAMPLIFIER.

We are happy & proud that “The Absolute Sound magazine” awarded the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Three amplifier & Mystere CA 21 amplifier & Conrad Johnson ET3 SE amplifier with the Editors’ Choice Award 2015!

Mystere CA 21

Built like a tank, the CA21 is a fine example of the minimalist approach: a line preamp with an input selector and a volume control, but no balance control. A giant killer in clarity, soundstage transparency, and detail resolution, its slightly closed-in treble highlights the midrange. Tonally, the center of gravity is the lower midrange, enabling a big-tone portrayal of cello and upright bass.

PrimaLuna DiaLogue 3

With its massive toroidal power transformers, this true dual-mono, point-to-point-wired preamplifier is unflappable, reproducing music effortlessly and with wonderful dimensionality even through complex, dynamically challenging musical passages. While it may make many recordings sound better than they should, you can listen to it for hours without any aural fatigue.

 

Conrad-Johnson ET3 SE

Despite its entry-level status, the ET3SE is a low-distortion, high-resolution line preamplifier that delivers timbral accuracy and phenomenal bass control. The overall presentation is clean, smooth, slightly laid-back, yet highly detailed, with an emphasis on harmonic accuracy. It can certainly hold its own in elitist company.

Durob Audio is the distributor for PrimaLuna – Mystere & Conrad Johnson in the BeNeLux! If you want more information please contact us HERE. Check on the website of The Absolute Sound the full category preamplifiers HERE

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Audia Flight Three S versterker icm Franco Serblin Accordo!


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Zoals al eerder gemeld staat de nieuwe Audia Flight Three S bij DE Hifiwinkel te Beek-Ubbergen.

Al heel snel merkte Rob dat deze geintegreerde versterker echt heel erg goed is. De match met o.a. de Franco Serblin Accordo luidsprekers bleek bijzonder. Er kwam een klant luisteren naar diverse systemen. Ook de Italiaanse set werd beluisterd. Zowel Rob als de klant waren zeer onder de indruk.

Ook bij de klant thuis klonk de combinatie geweldig! Hij heeft ‘m dus aangeschaft en …..

De Audia Flight Three S en de Franco Serblin Accordo’s staan inmiddels een week bij hem te spelen. Zijn eerste  ervaring heeft hij in  een kort bericht gedeeld met Rob.

Beste Rob,

De set draait nu ’n week, dus ik dacht misschien leuk om een klein verslag te sturen.

Je had gelijk dat het de eerste dagen leek of het indrukwekkende beeld van de eerste avond minder werd. Het was iets vlakker, minder dynamiek en minder breed.

Ik heb het systeem toen 3-4 dagen 24 uur per dag laten spelen en merk dat het steeds mooier gaat klinken.

Prachtige plaatsing van verschillende instrumenten, veel dynamiek en veel details. Ook het laag is erg fraai, zuiver en loopt diep door. 

Ook bij deze set speelt de opname een cruciale rol. Een mindere opname valt snel door de mand, een mooie komt daarentegen fantastisch tot z’n recht.

Kortom een prachtige combinatie waar ik nu al veel plezier van heb.

Met vriendelijke groet, 

Joost

Heeft U interesse om de combinatie Audia Flight Three S & Franco Serblin Accordo te zien en te beluisteren. Bezoek dan De Hifiwinkel te Beek-Ubbergen.

Audia Flight Three S versterker is vanaf 2590,- euro verkrijgbaar!

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