PrimaLuna, the most awarded brand by The Absolute Sound magazine: 8 Editors’ Choice Awards


EDS CHOICE LOGO 2013 FINALmodThe 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.

Durob Audio brand selection has gotten this year 25 Editors’ Choice awards. We are very proud since it also rewards the quality of our brand selection and reinforces us into supporting those brands.

Within the coming days, we will introduce to you each awarded product.

ProLogue One - Black - Inside - LR-14PrimaLuna Prologue One

The sweet and affordable ProLogue One features a 12AX7, 12AU7, and a pair of EL-34s per channel in a very simple circuit.

In classic EL-34 style, the ProLogue throws a very wide and deep soundstage, and has a wonderful midrange. Jeff Dorgay, 151

ProLogue Three - Black - Front, side with no cover - HR-09PrimaLuna 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

Premium_Cage_TopPrimaLuna 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-01PrimaLuna 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

About hermanvandendungen

Almost 40 years of being with and in the world of high-end audio equipment. As distributor of Krell, Sonus Faber, Cello, Conrad-Johnnson and many more, initiator of brands like Kiseki, Cogelco, AH!, PrimaLuna, Mystère and maybe more to follow.
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