A while ago, my colleague Rob was surfing on the net and discovered this thread http://www.martinloganowners.com. Rob sent me the link with this very nice comment: “It is amazing indeed how the combination PrimaLuna’s and Martin Logan sounds well”. Rob knows what he talks about, he has the CLX in his store in Beek-Ubbergen
That statement was not unknown for me since I have heard it already many times in different part of the world. I started to read the different posts and Todd was so enthusiast about his system, that I decided to contact him and to ask the authorization to publish his story on our blog.
His reaction was great and I thank him for that.
So let’s discover this fantastic set-up
1. Name: Todd V
2. Location: Southern Maine (USA)
3. ML Model(s): Summit X (2 channel system), ReQuest (HT system) + Logos + Script
4. Year Purchased: Summit X purchased in 2009, ReQuest etc. purchased about 10 years ago.
5. Mods/Changes: None
6. Associated Electronics: (I’ll focus on my 2-channel setup here)
– Source: McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD (migrating to a music server soon though)
– Pre: Prima Luna Dialogue 3 (wow!)
– Amp: PrimaLuna Dialogue 7 monoblocks (wow! wow!)
– Speakers: Summit X
– Power Conditioning: PS Audio Premier Power Plant (couldn’t live without it)
– Rack: Mapleshade Samson V3 (with additional maple platforms and isofeet)
– ICs: Morrow Audio Grand Reference MA6
– SCs: Morrow Audio Grand Reference SP6
– PCs: Lessloss DFPC (all components including Summit X)
Todd strayed for a while away from stats, sampling grass that was never quite as green as it first seemed (i.e. dynamic speakers), and even though he really liked my 3.6r Maggies – he always found himself comparing their articulation to ML. So here he is back again in Stat heaven, running the Summit X daily… basking in the glow (and he means that literally as you will see).
I run Pass in my HT, but have recently made the change to tubes in my 2-channel setup, i.e. swapped out my solid state amps (Bel Canto Ref1000Mii) for the Prima Luna Dialogue 7 monos. Man, those Dialogue amps are amazing on so many levels. I could go on and on about how they reveal so much inner detail in recordings I *thought* I knew really well. That’s what makes this hobby/addition/sickness so much fun though, no? Discovering new configurations and new component match-ups that just stun you.
The Summit X are pretty amazing. The bass integration is nothing short of genius… not perfect, but waaaay better than any other hybrid I have ever heard, hands-down. And all that additional bass control with the 25 and 50Hz crossovers… makes room matching pretty easy (at least it was for me).
I’ve made up my mind that I will be migrating to CLX next, it’s just a matter of deciding which ones and where to buy. Everything I’ve read/seen/heard on the CLX leads me to believe they will elevate my dedicated 2-channel system to new all-time highs in terms of performance and realism. I can’t wait! One thing I need to investigate more though is whether or not the CLX trim boards can be easily removed and replaced with custom trim of my own. If that’s a fairly do-able process, then I’ll just pick up some used CLX for ~14K on Agon and go from there. I think I’ll need to start a forum thread here on MLC to get some expert advice before I pull any triggers though.
The PrimaLuna Dialogue 7 amps are rated at 40 wt/ch (triod mode) and 70w/ch (ultralinear mode). A really nice feature with these amps is the inclusion of a remote that allows you to instantly switch between modes real-time while listening. At first I didn’t think I would use the feature that much, but find myself using it often depending on what music I have playing. Fun!
Also, you may be wondering if 70W/ch is adequate to drive the Summits… well, the sound is nothing short of glorious from top to bottom. Plus, I tend more toward Correli than Creed, more Albinoni than AC/DC, etc etc… so the PrimaLunas are perfect (for me).
Don’t you love the PrimaLuna products?
I’m fairly new to this brand, but I am literally slackjaw over their finesse and articulation. Probably the best amp / pre-amp purchases I have ever made.
Thanks so much again for sharing with us.