Review: PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Poweramplifier by Christiaan Punter – HFA

Six months ago Christiaan Punter of in the Netherlands reviewed our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Poweramplifier. One of the strong statements he made is:

“Everyone knows that tubes have their special way with voices and midrange in general and I have my fair share of experience in this field too, but I really did not expect this. Apparently, this is one of those rare occasions where a magical match is made. After 20 minutes of playing time (the amp was brand new) involvement was raised to the point where it became hard to walk away. In spite of the low absolute power, the sound was incredibly captivating and dynamics were now seemingly more expansive than with either of the big transistor amps as well as the Ref 75. I couldn’t suppress a smile while I cued some vicious Madonna tracks while cranking up the volume. Smooth as smooth can be, but boy now the Sabrinas sure rocked!”

Christiaan was so excited about our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Poweramplifier that he requested to review our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Poweramplifier.

His full review is now online on his website. With the following link you can read his entire review:…/…/primaluna-dialogue-premium-hp



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Interview Herman van den Dungen

In the issue of Hi-Fi + magazine “Guide to Audio Source Components 2018, you can find and read an interview with Herman van den Dungen.

The full review you can read HERE

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“It all sounded FANTASTIC!”

The message below + photo’s we received from our Kiseki distributor Stephen Seque of Soul To Sole Audio in New Zealand.

I have just attached a couple of photos of the Kiseki Purpleheart being used in a demo at Soundline Audio in Christchurch with the brand new Audio Research Corporation amplifiers, the new Sonus faber speakers and the VPI Industries Avenger Reference Turntable I have just imported to New Zealand.

It all sounded FANTASTIC!


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Kiseki Blue N.S. “Highly Commended” by Hi-Fi News magazine.

Mr. Ken Kessler and Mr. Paul Miller of Hi-Fi News magazine have reviewed our KISEKI Blue N.S. and “Highly Commended” it.

The entire review can be read HERE

A very big thanks to Nigel Crump and his team for their efforts and making this possible. Also a big thanks to Mr. Ken Kessler and Mr. Paul Miller of Hi-Fi News magazine for the great review.

If you live in the UK and you are interested in our KISEKI cartridges please contact Mr. Nigel Crump of Symmetry Systems.


En if you live outside the UK, check HERE for your local KISEKI distributor.

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Recommended by Stereophile magazine: Syrah Server & Merlot DAC from Playback Designs

The Syrah Server & Merlot DAC from Playback Designs are listed by Stereophile magazine as “Recommended Components 2018”

Playback Designs Syrah Server

Andreas Koch, who managed the development of the original eight-channel DSD recording console (dubbed the Sonoma) and went on to found Playback Designs, created the Sonoma Syrah server as part of a multichannel system, to be used in tandem with up to three of his company’s Sonoma Merlot stereo DACs see elsewhere in this edition of “Recommended Components”), with a separately available Playback Designs USB-XIII Digital Interface acting as a master clock. The Syrah measures 12″ wide by 3.25″ high by 9″ deep, and the only distinguishing features on its faceplate—one surface of an aluminum casting that also serves as the enclosure’s top—are three small LEDs; apart from those, all user interactions are performed via tablet (iPad or Android). An RJ45 jack is provided for network connection, and two USB-A jacks for input/output. The Syrah comes with a 1TB internal drive, upgradable to 2TB. KR found setup—as described above, with Playback Designs DACs and interface—”uncomplicated,” but had reservations about the Sonoma Syrah’s somewhat dated user interface. He was pleased by the system’s “transparent and unrestrained sound,” and its “extremely deep, detailed soundstages and very articulate bass.”

Playback Designs Merlot DAC

Designed and released at the same time as Playback Designs’ Sonoma Syrah music server (see elsewhere in this edition of “Recommended Components”), and housed in a similar-looking enclosure 12″ wide by 3.25″ high by 9″ deep, the Sonoma Merlot stereo DAC offers the usual USB, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU inputs, plus Playback’s proprietary PLink, for connection to their USB-XIIIDigital Interface which acts as a master clock in multichannel systems. On its USB and PLink inputs, the Sonoma Merlot provides up to 24-bit/384kHz PCM resolution, and does DSD up to DSD256; the remaining inputs are limited to 24/192 and DSD64. A headphone amp with a front-panel ¼” jack is also provided. After borrowing and using three (!) Sonoma Merlots—the extra two were required for surround sound—with the above-mentioned server and digital interface, KR praised the system’s “beautiful sound.” Using the Sonoma Merlot with his Baetis Prodigy X server and comparing that combo with his exaSound e38 multichannel DAC, KR found that “soundstage detail was equal” between the two, but that “the exaSound was a bit more forward,” and the trio of Merlots “more naturally arrayed.”

The Syrah Server en Merlot DAC are available at the Dé HifiWinkel Beek – Ubbergen ( nearby Nijmegen )



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Stereophile’s Recommended Components 2018

Stereophile magazine has published their annual list of “Recommended Components”

We are thankful that two of our products are awarded as “Recommended Component 2018”

PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Poweramplifier

“Using the ProLogue Premium with his Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a minimonitors, HR found that it “made a tight, glorious, extremely communicative partnership—exactly as the LS3/5a forum folk said it would.” He also discovered that the PrimaLuna supplied “the most impactful bass I have yet heard from the KEF [LS50]” speakers, and that the ProLogue Premium driving the Zu Soul Supreme speakers created “a system that sounds as if it should cost at least $21,000, not less than $7000.”






PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Preamplifier

“The ProLogue Premium preamp impressed HR with its “feminine and seductive” sound. Herb observed that the owner of a properly set up ProLogue Premium preamp will enjoy “tangibly luminous presence in every recording you play. Punch and drive should be obvious. . . . Most of all, you should notice [its] liquid transparency.”






KISEKI PurpleHeart N.S.

And last but not least….As most of you all know our company, Durob Audio, is next to PrimaLuna also responsible for KISEKI phono cartridges. We are proud that our KISEKI PurpleHeart NS is awarded as “Recommended Component 2018”






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