PrimaLuna’s new DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier is the first PrimaLuna model featuring a headphone output. So what? Is this so special? Yes uhh No. What answer you want?
Make a hole in the faceplate, mount a headphone connector with built in on / off switch, route some wires from the output and off you go. Correct. That’s the easy way. But … PrimaLuna never goes the easy way, we go the better way, if such a way is available.
Here our analog solid state engineer / designer Jan de Groot comes in to give us the better way solution: “The headphone output in the PrimaLuna amplifier has been designed with one goal in mind: best possible output for the customer. This is done by placing a voltage divider at the output of the amplifier to optimize the output level. Switching between speaker and headphone is now equalized on the same level for the volume control. Disconnecting the speakers from the output is done by a specially selected relay. Specially in the meaning of best quality. A relay with multi gold plated silver tin oxide contacts, which is able to handle high currents at high voltages. 8 Amps / 250 Volts. The headphone output connector is a high end quality gold plated 6.3mm jack connector. A heavy duty, high quality switch on the side of the amplifier allows you to choose for headphone or loudspeaker output. Voilà. That’s it.”
No, this is not “travel-to-the-moon-and safely-return-technology”. That’s true. It is just the better way to do it. Our choice since 10 years. The PrimaLuna way. Quality is not an act, it is a habit – according to our friend Aristotle !