Prima Luna Valve Amplifiers - The Sweet Sound of Valves
Back in the 1950's and 1960's we were wowed by the technology of valves in our electronics that powered our music and TV sets.That warm smooth sound provided entertainment in a way not experienced before.It did give way during the 1960's to the cost effective and convenient solid state electronics that became our world.Many of the famous valve amplifiers such as the Marantz 7 and 8 series are now selling for close to 10,000 dollars on Ebay when they come up.You might ask why so.The reason is that they provide a sound that is so much warmer than solid state amplifiers even today.And this leads to listening for longer as the atmospheric sound envelops you.
Fortunately there are still valve amplifier manufacturers that work tirelessly to emulate that rich sound of that era.Prima Luna is an American company that designs and manufactures valve amplifiers that not only reproduce that classic valve sound but have made several improvements that enhance the sound quality and reliability of valves.They have designed a sophisticated adaptive auto bias system while running tubes at the minimum dissipation or power and giving more slam and bandwidth through superior output transformer design.
One of the pitfalls of valve amplifiers for all their sonic sweetness is the lack of bass slam and definition.Prima Luna has solved this problem by being one of the only manufacturers in the world that actually designs and winds their own power transformers in-house.The transformer within an amplifier provides the "horsepower" that make the speakers perform to their maximum.In building their own transformers they maximise power quality not quantity and that is what gives bass performance.
Prima Luna's designs also feature point to point wiring.The entire signal path is painstakingly hand wired with heavy gauge cable by craftsmen.Prima Luna's Auto Adaptive Bias is a true smart technology.Not only does it result in low maintenance and long tube life,but the lowest possible distortion for amazing sound.