Triode and Single Ended Triode amps are popular for their warmer, fuller, and easy to settle into sound. Ultra-linear has more extension on the top and bottom, and greater power. They have greater “pop” with a bigger difference between light and dark and loud and soft.
The best option is to have both triode and ultra-linear. PrimaLuna engineers in Holland designed an ingenious circuit that lets you change from triode to ultra-linear with a push of a button on the remote control.
PrimaLuna custom-winds our own massive toroidal power transformers that are low in hum and EMI. Our engineers designed the AC Offset Killer to lower transformer noise.
If a tube fails, Adaptive AutoBias will instantly put the amplifier into protection mode so no parts can get damaged. A red LED will light up in front of the tube that needs replacing. Simply plug in another tube, and listen.
Power transformers generate two types of noise, magnetic and acoustic. Compared to standard transformers, toroids radiate about 1/10 the magnetic field that pollutes music and obscures detail. The absence of an air gap typically means toroids have an 8:1 reduction of acoustic noise. All PrimaLuna products use massive, potted toroidal transformers. Our transformers are enclosed in a metal housing and then potted in a non-microphonic resin to further reduce noise and to protect the windings from moisture and deterioration forever.
Input selector switches leak noise and signals from other sources, as they never turn off the other inputs completely. And they deteriorate with age, requiring the use of cleaners. Many are mounted on the front panel requiring long runs of wires to the back panel inputs. These wires pick up stray noise from RF and EMI.
PrimaLuna has a better way. Instead of a switch, input selection is done using premium quality sealed relays mounted in the rear where you plug in your components. When an input is selected, that relay closes giving you the best connection possible. All the other relays are left open, so noise and signals from other sources can’t leak in.
PrimaLuna's Adaptive AutoBias is a true, smart technology employing an array of sensors to monitor tubes and make adjustments seamlessly in real time. More important, it is the ONLY circuit of its kind that is truly adaptive by addressing "tube pinch off" at higher volumes, therefore reducing distortion by over 50% and greatly extending tube life. Adaptive AutoBias is completely passive and NOT in the signal path. The result is low to no maintenance, long tube life, and the lowest possible distortion for amazing sound.
Adaptive AutoBias provides unparalleled flexibility by allowing use of almost any tube on the market today. It even has a fine-tuning switch for EL-34 and KT88/KT120/KT150 tube types.
EVO 300 and EVO 400 models use Swiss-made, silver-plated, oxygen-free continuous crystal (OCC) copper with a Teflon dielectric in the critical signal path for superior signal speed and increased clarity.
Tube life is simply a matter of how hard you run the tubes. The only way to extend tube life is to run them as close to zero as you possible can, making sure it is not so low you go into crossover distortion. The life of a tube will depend on two things: Plate and screen voltage.
If the plate and screen voltage is high, you are more likely to get tube shorts when you turn the amp on and you get cathode stripping which greatly effects the cathodes ability to spit out electrons. PrimaLuna tubes run at just about 417 volts for the plates and screens.
PrimaLuna runs their output tubes at a minimum dissipation without going into crossover distortion. With KT-120’s as an example, a PrimaLuna will give you only 21 watts per tube. So running a pair of them you get 42 watts. That’s a lot of power, but the demands per tube are a fraction of some manufacturers that give you 100 watts from a pair of KT-120’s. To get more power the right way is expensive. It requires bigger transformers, sockets, wiring, resistors, capacitors, and the tubes to do it.
Ask any tube-head what the most musical output tube is and most declare it the EL34. Only PrimaLuna, through our proprietary output transformer designs, can give you EL34 midrange beauty with top-end air that goes on forever. And, bass extension with so much slam, our amps are used to power subwoofers.
|42 watts x 2 (EL34)
8Ω, 1% THD
|24 watts x 2 (EL34)
8Ω, 1% THD
RCA HT Bypass
|Outputs||4 & 8 Ω
RCA Stereo/Mono Subwoofer
Stereo RCA Tape Out
|Freq. Response||10Hz-65kHz +/- 1dB|
|THD||< 0.2% @ 1W
< 2% @ Rated Power
|S/N Ratio||86 dB, 95 dBA|
|Sensitivity||270 mV (EL34)|
|Power Consumption||290 watts: EL34
300 watts: KT88
330 watts: KT120
340 watts: KT150
|Tube Complement||6 - 12AU7
4 - EL34
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||15.2" x 8.1" x 15.9"|