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Sound Image is pleased to introduce PrimaLuna to our portfolio of fine high-end audio products. This being our first foray into vacuum tube electronics, our goal was to find something that could deliver real musical performance at a sensible price, and yet be relatively maintenance free. We believe that PrimaLuna ticks all those boxes…..and more.
The origins of this company date back to 1998 when Dutch-born entrepreneur Herman van den Dungen released his first vacuum tube CD player, the AH! Njoe Tjoeb. One year later he enlisted the help of Kevin Deal as US distributor. After much deliberation, the two men went on to set their sights on the development of a complete range of tube electronics. Since that time, PrimaLuna has garnered accolades from enthusiasts worldwide, sealing their position as one of the leaders in this product category.
Being the tube neophytes that we are, it’s easy to like this brand for a number of reasons. For example, tubes wear out – it’s just a fact of life. Wouldn’t it be nice to be notified automatically when they need replacement? No problem! LEDs in front of each tube let the listener know when they are past their prime, taking any guess work out of the equation. Or how about this – most tube systems need frequent bias adjustments in order to operate at peak performance. PrimaLuna’s Adaptive AutoBias™ circuit eliminates the need for manual bias adjustments, making sure your system always performs optimally at any volume setting. Let’s face it — when you sit down to listen to music, do you really want to spend time worrying if your tube bias needs calibrating?
PrimaLuna has included other niceties, such as thermal and short-circuit protection circuitry, features not always found in tube equipment. You can also mix and match tube types at will without fear of repercussion – again, a very rare trait indeed! Step up to the Dialogue Premium series and try switching between Triode and Ultra-Linear modes on the fly – all via the included remote control.
So what’s the Bottom line? If you have never tried tubes before, we think you will find PrimaLuna to be extremely musical and seductive, and at prices that have the competition scrambling to keep pace.