PrimaLuna EVO 100 Integrated Amplifier
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Compare PrimaLuna construction to any other brand, at any price. You'll be amazed.
The Primaluna Evo 100 Integrated Tube Amplifier is the starting point in the highly-sought-after Primaluna Evo range. Modelled on the multi-award winning and widely-loved 'cult status' Prologue One Integrated Amplifier, the Primaluna Evo 100 is one of the best value valve amplifiers available anywhere.
True to Primaluna form, the Evo 100 houses some of the best tube amp componentry, construction and design imaginable - at a fraction of the cost of their nearest competitors. From the world-class toroidal power transformers and adaptive autobias function through to custom super-wide output transformers and point to point wiring - the Primaluna Evo 100 integrated amplifier is robust, reliable and ready to showcase all of the emotion and breath-taking detail from your most-loved tracks.
PrimaLuna engineers wanted to make owning a tube amp so simple you would have no excuse not to have your tube dreams come true.
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. (ProLogue Classic illuminates an LED on the front panel.) Simply plug in another tube, and listen. No guesswork. No smoking amp. No getting out the soldering iron or dropping your amp off at UPS.
Custom Toroidal Power Transformer
Power transformers generate two types of noise, magnetic and acoustic. That's why toroidal power transformers are used in the very best audio products. Compared to standard transformers, toroids radiate about 1/10 the magnetic field that pollutes music and obscures detail. Additionally, the absence of an air gap typically means toroids have an 8:1 reduction of acoustic noise. As transformers are the most expensive components in any audio product, manufacturers will even house cheaper C-core and EI-core transformers in an outboard power supply box with an umbilical cable rather than upgrade to an expensive toroid. The increased cost is significant, but PrimaLuna doesn’t cut corners. All PrimaLuna products use massive, potted toroidal transformers. PrimaLuna 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.
Custom Super-Wide-Bandwith Output Transformers.
Output transformers are the most important part of any tube amp. They determine how low the bass will reach and how high the top end goes. 250 watts of power will have no top and bottom extension if the output transformers don't have the bandwidth. We use lower power to extend tube life, and bandwidth to give you slam. Transformers are the most expensive components in an amplifier, so manufacturers save money by using ‘off the shelf’ units available on the market. PrimaLuna output transformers are custom-designed, wound in-house, and massive. One reason why no other brand sounds like a PrimaLuna. "The flat tops and bottoms of these squarewaves correlate with the amplifier's extended low-frequency response; PrimaLuna's output transformers are of excellent quality." -John Atkinson, Stereophile Magazine
What most companies call Auto Bias is actually "Cathode Bias"- A commonly used method that is cheap to make, and often found in guitar amps, but also $20,000 high end audio amps. It reduces the available power of the amp and runs the tubes hard, meaning shorter tube life and failures via "shorts".
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.
Point To Point Wiring
You spend a lot of money on interconnects. So why have the signal go right from the RCA jacks or speaker terminals into circuit boards with copper traces so thin you can hardly see them? What’s high-end about that
PrimaLuna employs Point to Point Wiring on all products. The entire signal path, including resistors and capacitors, is painstakingly hand wired with heavy-gauge cable by craftsman.
No Internal DAC / No Internal Phonostage
Never buy an integrated amplifier with an internal DAC. Why? Because digital changes, and history shows that integrated amplifiers with “old” digital become unwanted and have almost no resale value.
Built in phonostages are “throw in” and are rarely good quality because manufacturers assume 90% of buyers won’t use them. The external phonostage market is very competitive. You can get something much better for as little as $200, and buy one that actually meets your cartridges needs and YOUR budget.
Engineered With Care:
Our Amps Are Perfect. But Your System May Not Be
Ask any seasoned tube-head what the most musical output tube is and they will most certainly declare it the EL34. Other amp manufacturers would love to use it. 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.
However, every system is different. What if you bought a speaker with bass that overloads the room? Or, that is too dark? Or, too bright? What if you just want to have fun trying the different colors of sound from a vast pallet of tubes? With other manufacturers' products, you're stuck. They're a one-trick pony. How are you going to fine-tune your sound? Buy some different cables?!
With PrimaLuna, you get to choose. Go for it. 6L6G, 6L6GC, 7581A, EL34, EL37, 6550, KT66, KT77, KT88, KT90, KT120 (ProLogue Classic is not KT150 compatible). A future-proof design, PrimaLuna is compatible with NEW tube types not even thought of today!
Who's This Amp For?
If you'd like to see deeper into the mid-range textures, such as vocals and stringed instruments, the Primaluna Evo 100 integrated amplifier is a looking glass into the artist's emotional expression.
Pair This With:
With 40 watts of valve power, this integrated amplifier is a perfect match for a set of speakers that need a little bit more of a push to get the best experience out of them, and as such we recommend pairing them with the Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers.
|Power||Ultra-linear 40 watts x 2 (EL34) (8Ω, 1% THD)|
|Inputs||4x Stereo RCA|
|Outputs||4 & 8 Ω, Stereo RCA, Tape Out, 1/4" Headphone|
|Freq. Response||10Hz-32kHz +/- 1dB 10Hz-75Hz +/- 3dB|
|THD||< 0.2% @ 1W < 2% @ Rated Power|
|S/N Ratio||90 dB (EL34)|
|Input Sensitivity||260mV (EL34)|
|Power Consumption||270 watts (EL34)|
|Standard Tube Complement||2 - 12AX7 / 2 - 12AU7 / 4 - EL34|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||28 x 19 x 41|