The PrimaLuna ProLogue 8/Classic CD Player: The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Award 2015!


TAS 2015Conclusion editor:

An amazing value! Unique tube-based clock. At its best, with the board upgrade, the Eight closes in on even the most expensive competition. It’s blessed with plenty of boogie factor, superb clarity, sensuous mids, and lovely harmonic bloom. Its portrayal of the soundstage is wonderfully transparent.

Out of the box, upper octaves are a bit grainy and bright. Tube dampers significantly help , as do vintage preamp tubes. DO, 183

Information from the website

Revolutions are born in bold ideas. In true PrimaLuna fashion, the stunning ProLogue CD Player will revolutionize the audio industry by introducing the world’s first tube-based data clocking device: the SuperTubeClock™

PrimaLuna ProLogue EightBy incorporating a low-noise mini-triode vacuum tube into the digital clock, this boldly conceived design provides vastly superior resolution, detail retrieval, improved clarity, increased definition and detail from top to bottom.

The ProLogue CD player is a true dual-mono design, right down to the dual vacuum tube rectification — another first in a CD player. The power supply is adapted from the award winning ProLogue Three preamp, as are its high quality resistors, mosfets, and Solen capacitors which yield superior transient response, detail, and channel separation. The ProLogue CD Player comes equipped with:

  • TRUE DUAL MONO OUTPUT STAGE Using one 12AX7 and one 12AU7 per channel.
  • VACUUM TUBE RECTIFIED POWER SUPPLY Adapted from the award-winning ProLogue Three preamp that incorporates eleven separate power supply regulation circuits.
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART Utilizing Burr Brown SRC4192 24bit/192kHz upsampling circuit with accompanying Burr Brown PCM1792 DACs.
  • THE SUPERTUBECLOCK™ An ultra-low jitter clocking device that replaces the solid-state oscillator with a vacuum tube. Yields incredible detail retrieval and dynamics throughout the entire audio spectrum.
  • SUPER I/V BOARD The Super IV board incorporates a new type of op-amp that to our knowledge has never been used by any audio manufacturer before. The Super I/V Board also upgrades the bypass caps and power supply caps, so with the increase of speed, detail, and quietness you get above, you get a prettier “picture.”
  • PREMIUM PARTS Including polypropylene coupling caps, triple pi power supply filters, custom designed isolation transformers separating the analog and digital devices, resulting in decreased signal degradation and improved sonics from top to bottom.
  • True Dual Mono output stage using one 12AX7 and one 12AU7 per channel.
  • Beautiful heavy-gauge anodized brushed aluminum remote control. Controls all important CD operations and will even control functions on the DiaLogue components. Comes with rubber rings on both ends to protect furniture.
  • Chassis made of finely finished heavy gauge steel, and five step automotive quality finish. Each coat hand rubbed and polished. Removable tube cage included no charge.
  • Conservative design runs tubes easy for long life.
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NEW!! Audia Flight Three S Integrated Amplifier!


 

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Audia has introduced the Audia Flight Three S Integrated Amplifier!

After achieving big experience with the Flight Three and also with the Strumento line, Audia Flight is proud to introduce the Flight Three S integrated amplifier.

It’s an incredible component, where every small detail is carefully thought out for the discriminating high-end audio enthusiast, and yet, offering exceptionally high value.

To thank you the optional USB 24bit 192KHz DAC board converter and the optional MC / MM phono board, the Audia Flight Three S is an investment for years!

The headphone output will give you the chance to listen your music with your headphone! The front panel, the knob and the remote control are masterpieces crafted from solid aluminium. The input selector allows the user to choose among four unbalanced and one balanced input(s), featuring sealed relays in inert atmosphere and gold terminations.

The logic control, with an independent toroidal transformer, as in our philosophy, is independent from the analogue section and connected by photo-couplers only.

A by-pass feature, selectable by remote control, allows the user to turn the Flight Three S into a power amplifier through a specified input. You may include the amplifier in a multi-channel system as front speakers power amplifier, while using the same speakers for two channel listening with stereo sources connected to the amplifier.

Rec input, Monitor and Preamp output achieve the full flexibility for this Hi-End integrated amplifier.

Two 100Wrms amplifiers with 600VA toroidal transformer, dual mono design, current feedback and sophisticated preamp section allow the stunning sonic picture of a truly high-end system, with a deep and incredible bass control.

Eight stabilized power supplies give energy to all stages until the driver and four hi-current power supply (72000µF) for the output stages only and 13200uF total capacitors for the stabilized power supply to supply the gain stage until driver transistor

A large display will inform you about the input choice and the main sets as you select them.

More, the ALPS blue potentiometer, mute function with memory, aluminium remote control with full control and the optional, internal MC / MM phono board and internal USB 24bit 192KHz DAC board converter are only few characteristics of this amazing Hi End integrated amplifier 100% made in Italy.

Technical Data

Output power Wrms 8 / 4 ohm 100 / 160

Amplifier stage gain 26dB

At maximum volume:

Frequency response (1Wrsm, -3db) 1Hz – 450KHz

Slew Rate (on 8 ohm) >80V/µS

THD <0,05%

S/N ratio >95dB

Unbalanced input impedance 51Kohm, 150pF

Balanced input impedance 30Kohm

Stand-by consumption less than 0.5W

Maximum consumption 400W

Dimensions and weight 450 x 110 x 440 (W x H x D), 16,5 Kg

Shipping dimensions and weight 540 x 250 x 590 (W x H x D), 18,5 Kg

INPUTS and OUTPUTS: 4 unbalanced input, 1 balance input, 1 monitor input, a possibility to have one input as a “direct”, 1 pre output, 1 rec output., 1 output for headphone

OPTIONAL BOARDS:

Phono MC-MM

USB 24bit 192KHz DAC

Note:

The USB input has insulated to prevent any noise from the PC.

When the USB is used together with a player application such as FooBar or WinAmp (available for free on Internet), you can transfer stream music files to internal converter at 192kHz/24bits maximum frequency/resolution, avoiding undesired PC or MAC audio mixer data processing during the data transfer from hard disk to interface.

Not drives are required for MAC or LINUX. Windows only required own driver.

Durob Audio is the distributor of Audia products in the BeNeLux. For more information please check the website of Audia HERE. The retailprice of the Audia Flight Three S is 2600,- Euro.

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PrimaLuna ProLogue Six “The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice Award 2015″


TAS 2015The ProLogue Six is an EL-34 based vacuum-tube mono power amplifier, hand-made with the finest point to point wiring, using workmanship that is equal to or better than any product you can buy at any price.

The amplifier is built using finest premium parts. A toroidal transformer for the powersupply. Custom designed -in conjunction with one of the most prestigious transformer-designers in the USA- encapsulated output transformers for lowest hum, wide bandwidth for great bass and extended highs. Ceramic tube sockets. Nichicon and Realcap capacitors. Gold plated heavy duty speaker terminals and gold plated input jacks.It is enclosed inside a heavy gauge steel, fully vented chassis with five coats of finish. Each coat hand rubbed and polished.

PrimaLuna ProLogue SixThe Adaptive AutoBias™ circuit, an exclusive to PrimaLuna, monitors and smoothfully adjusts bias constantly and instantly, reducing maintenance and increasing performance because of a dramatic reduction in distortion. For extended life of tubes and switches plus a reduced chance of tube failure/shorts, the amplifier uses a soft-start circuit.

Tube plate fusing is used to protect the output stage. Other amps might need a trip to the shop if a tube fails. Not this one. Just plug in a new tube and fuse, and go

Check out www.primaluna.nl and www.primaluna-usa.com

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PrimaLuna ProLogue Five: The Absolute Sound Editors Choice Award 2015


TAS 2015Conclusion editor: 

The 36Wpc vacuum-tube- powered ProLogue 5 is more authorative than its rating would lead you to expect, and offers a warm, rich presentation, yet really does not sound “tubey” in any traditional sense, producing clean, deep, tight bass and grandsoundstaging. A synergistic match with the companion ProLogue 3 preamp. SR, 156

Information from the website of PrimaLuna

primaluna prologue 5The ProLogue Five is a KT-88 based vacuum-tube stereo power amplifier, hand-made with the finest point to point wiring, using workmanship that is equal to or better than any product you can buy at any price.

The amplifier is built using finest premium parts. A toroidal transformer for the powersupply. Custom designed -in conjunction with one of the most prestigious transformer-designers in the USA- encapsulated output transformers for lowest hum, wide bandwidth for great bass and extended highs. Ceramic tube sockets. Nichicon and Solen capacitors. Gold plated heavy duty speaker terminals and gold plated input jacks.It is enclosed inside a heavy gauge steel, fully vented chassis with five coats of finish. Each coat hand rubbed and polished.

The Adaptive AutoBias™ circuit, an exclusive to PrimaLuna, monitors and smoothfully adjusts bias constantly and instantly, reducing maintenance and increasing performance because of a dramatic reduction in distortion. For extended life of tubes and switches plus a reduced chance of tube failure/shorts, the amplifier uses a soft-start circuit.

Tube plate fusing is used to protect the output stage. Other amps might need a trip to the shop if a tube fails. Not this one. Just plug in a new tube and fuse, and go.

The ProLogue Five makes a great combination with PrimaLuna ProLogue Three.

Check out www.primaluna.nl or www.primaluna-usa.com.

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Three: The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Award 2015


primaluna-dialogue-threeTAS 2015Conclusion Editor:

With its massive toroidal power transformers, this true dual-mono, point-topoint-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. JH, 21

Below information about the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Three from the website of PrimaLuna.

Continuing with PrimaLuna’s founding principle of offering sophisticated components with advanced features for an exceptional price, the DiaLogue Three Preamplifier is yet another winner in PrimaLuna’s string of first place finishers.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Three is its size: the dual-mono designed preamp weighs in at a hefty 24kg… that’s some serious iron! Much of that comes from its new, heavy-duty, DiaLogue class power transformers – already recognized as a reference in the industry – that provide increased control and detail.  And in the unlikely event that one of the transformers should overheat, DiaLogue’s innovative new PTP-circuit cuts the primary power, allows the unit to cool down, and then resets itself.

The preamp also features another protective measure, a SoftStart circuit that powers it up gently and extends the life of tubes and other sensitive components.

However, unquestionably the most significant feature is DiaLogue Three’s front end, a complete re-design of the award winning ProLogue Three. Utilizing all 12AU7s, it combines with the new transformers to lower noise and increase low level resolution in ways not thought possible.
In fact, distortion levels in the first stage have dropped by a factor of five at low levels, to at least 20 at higher levels, above one volt.

The DiaLogue Three is tube rectified, utilizing two 5AR4 vacuum tubes. And it employs all premium parts, including a motorized Alps Blue Velvet potentiometer; Nichicon, Swellong and  Solen capacitors (including some tinfoils); fast-recovery diodes; ceramic tube sockets; and gold-plated, panel mounted input and output jacks that provide a more secure connection.

Further, the DiaLogue Three has five line level inputs for maximum versatility, one RCA tape out and two RCA pre outs as well as a home theater pass-thru circuit that promises to keep everyone in the family happy. Finally, it comes with a stunning, heavy-gauge, anodized aluminium remote that controls all functions of the preamp as well as those of the Prologue Eight  CD player and the DiaLogue Eight CD player (coming soon).

All these exceptional features come encased in the exquisite DiaLogue chassis, with its five- stage, hand-rubbed, high-gloss, black-sapphire finish

Check out www.primaluna.nl or www.primaluna-usa.com

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Three: The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Award 2015


PrimaLuna Dialogue ThreeTAS 2015

Conclusion Editor:

With its massive toroidal power transformers, this true dual-mono, point-topoint-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. JH, 21

Below information about the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Three from the website of PrimaLuna.

Continuing with PrimaLuna’s founding principle of offering sophisticated components with advanced features for an exceptional price, the DiaLogue Three Preamplifier is yet another winner in PrimaLuna’s string of first place finishers.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Three is its size: the dual-mono designed preamp weighs in at a hefty 24kg… that’s some serious iron! Much of that comes from its new, heavy-duty, DiaLogue class power transformers – already recognized as a reference in the industry – that provide increased control and detail.  And in the unlikely event that one of the transformers should overheat, DiaLogue’s innovative new PTP-circuit cuts the primary power, allows the unit to cool down, and then resets itself.

The preamp also features another protective measure, a SoftStart circuit that powers it up gently and extends the life of tubes and other sensitive components.

However, unquestionably the most significant feature is DiaLogue Three’s front end, a complete re-design of the award winning ProLogue Three. Utilizing all 12AU7s, it combines with the new transformers to lower noise and increase low level resolution in ways not thought possible.
In fact, distortion levels in the first stage have dropped by a factor of five at low levels, to at least 20 at higher levels, above one volt.

The DiaLogue Three is tube rectified, utilizing two 5AR4 vacuum tubes. And it employs all premium parts, including a motorized Alps Blue Velvet potentiometer; Nichicon, Swellong and  Solen capacitors (including some tinfoils); fast-recovery diodes; ceramic tube sockets; and gold-plated, panel mounted input and output jacks that provide a more secure connection.

Further, the DiaLogue Three has five line level inputs for maximum versatility, one RCA tape out and two RCA pre outs as well as a home theater pass-thru circuit that promises to keep everyone in the family happy. Finally, it comes with a stunning, heavy-gauge, anodized aluminium remote that controls all functions of the preamp as well as those of the Prologue Eight  CD player and the DiaLogue Eight CD player (coming soon).

All these exceptional features come encased in the exquisite DiaLogue chassis, with its five- stage, hand-rubbed, high-gloss, black-sapphire finish

Check out www.primaluna.nl or www.primaluna-usa.com

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PrimaLuna has received 8 “The Absolute Sound Editors Choice awards 2015″


TAS 2015The Absolute Sound magazine presents the gear that their editors and writers have selected as most worthy of your consideration. These are the components they themselves would buy—or recommend to friends and family.

 

 

The following PrimaLuna models have received “The Absolute Sound Editor Choice Award 2015″

 

ProLogue Three - Silver - Front with no cover - HR-17PrimaLuna ProLogue Three

The vacuum-tube-powered ProLogue 3 preamp makes an ideal companion to PrimaLuna’s ProLogue 5 tube power amp.

Like the power amp, the preamp combines tube warmth and richness with a clear, crisp, precise presentation reminiscent of                                                                                           the best solid-state designs. Bass, too is taut                                                                                     and clear. SR, 156.

ProLogue Five - Silver - Front, side with cover - HR-16PrimaLuna ProLogue 5

The 36Wpc vacuum-tube- powered ProLogue 5 is more authorative than its rating would lead you to expect, and offers a warm, rich presentation, yet really does not sound “tubey” in any traditional sense, producing clean, deep, tight bass and grand soundstaging. A synergistic match with the                                                                                       companion ProLogue 3 preamp. SR, 156

 

ProLogue Six - Black - Fro copyPrimaLuna ProLogue 6

These beautifully built, affordable, and “hassle-free” 70Wpc monoblocks will alter your preconceptions about tube gear. Indeed their transcient quickness and ability to drive difficult loads may fool into thinking you’re listening to a very good hybrid. Yet they still have that wonderful tube magic.                                                                                           JH, 169.

ProLogue Eight - Black - Front with no cover - LR-08PrimaLuna ProLogue 8/Classic

An amazing value! Unique tube-based clock. At its best, with the board upgrade, the Eight closes in on even the most expensive competition. It’s blessed with plenty of boogie factor, superb clarity, sensuous mids, and lovely harmonic bloom. Its portrayal of the soundstage is wonderfully transparent.

Out of the box, upper octaves are a bit grainy and bright. Tube dampers significantly help , as do vintage preamp tubes. DO, 183

Prologue Premium Integrated Amplifier - silver - special shot - HR - JPG

PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium

Sonically, the 35Wpc ProLogue Premium does not have the rosy colorations of traditional triode or SET tube varietals. True, there is a glimmer of romance and softness, but tonally it’s a thoroughly contemporary tube amp that walks a mostly neutral line yet still seasons the lowest level details of music with delicacy and resolution. NG, 212

DiaLogue Two - Silver - Front, side with cover - LR-02PrimaLuna DiaLogue 2

The first product in PrimaLuna’s higher performance line of tube units is a real honey, surpassing the ProLogue Two across the board. Rated at only 38 watts in Ultralinear mode, its sounds much more powerful due to its outstanding transformers, but requires speakers that are at least moderately efficient. JH, 195

 

DiaLogue Seven - Silver - 2 units - Front, side with cover - LR-13PrimaLuna DiaLogue Seven

The 70W (40W in triode mode) PrimaLuna DiaLogue seven monoblock employs a unique output stage -two discrete amplifier channels are paralleled at the loudspeaker terminals. This technique preserves the purity of a low-powered design while imbuing the amplifier with higher current capability. “No tube amplifier I’ve auditioned comes close to its performance for anywhere near its modest price,” said Jim Hannon. JH, 199

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Integrated Amplifier

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Integrated Amplifier

The Premium version of the DiaLogue incorporates select parts, an all-12AU7-based front end, and an EL34 pentode output stage, but KT88 and even KT120 beam power tubes may be substituted. (DO opined that the KT120 produces the best sonics in either ultralinear or triode modes.) A tube-roller’s delight that, thanks to autobiasing, the DiaLogue Premium can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness and operational flexibility. DO, 233

The coming days we will give you per model all the information you need.

 

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