These are the words of Art Dudley, Stereophile Magazine’s resident tube expert, and former publisher of Listener Magazine. He went on and declared the DiaLogue Premium power amplifier “is among the four or five most enjoyable” amplifiers he has ever reviewed awarding an incredible Stereophile Class A rating, placing it’s sound quality firmly with amplifiers costing $50,000 and even $100,000.
Tone Audio publisher Jeff Dorgay agreed, declaring the DiaLogue Premium as the Product of the Year tube amplifier.
Speaker companies agree. Because our custom wide-bandwidth transformers are incredible for ribbons and electrostats, Martin-Logan used DiaLogue Premium monoblocks for their incredible displays at the biggest industry trade show in America: CEDIA. The sound was so incredible KEF asked PrimaLuna to provide electronics for three different systems at AXPONA, using this amplifier to power the incredible Blades. These companies invest over $50,000 each to display at these shows, and they don’t take chances when it comes to impressing the media and potential dealers.
All amplifiers get good reviews. But few are truly great. Look at what industry insiders choose when it comes to their own money.
REMOTE CONTROLLED TRIODE/ULTRA-LINEAR SWITCHING
Do you have some classic rock albums you used to love so much that have now ended up left on the shelf, un-played for years? How about jazz or classical recordings from the 60’s? Every audiophile has albums that they used to play, but stopped because they are harsh, brittle, or bright. There is a solution.
Triode and Single Ended Triode (SET) amps are popular for their warmer, fuller, and easy to settle into sound. But triode amps have limitations! Ultra-linear has more extension on the top and bottom, not to mention greater power. They have greater “pop” with a bigger difference between light and dark, and loud and soft. Having triode only is VERY limiting.
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 supplied remote control. No need to get up and stop the music. Make an instant comparison while you listen and choose what you like best for that song or album.
AC OFFSET KILLER – A PRIMALUNA EXCLUSIVE
DiaLogue Premium is about goose bumps. The ones you get when music comes out of a background so quiet, you may say to yourself “Just how is this possible?” PrimaLuna custom-winds our own massive toroidal power transformers that are low in hum and EMI. But we wanted more. Our engineers designed the AC Offset Killer to lower transformer noise to a place no other manufacturer dreams of going, regardless of how bad your electricity is. The result? Sense of space. Texture. The resonance of an acoustic guitar or violin string that seems to trail on forever. The AC Offset Killer will amaze you.
BAD TUBE INDICATOR
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. 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.
If you bought a lesser amplifier, you would pay hundreds to make this upgrade. Easy to identify through their pink color, these premium resistors from Japan are popular with those who rebuild and upgrade their gear. “Modders” love TAKMAN for their low noise, linearity, and musicality.
SCR TINFOIL CAPACITORS
Made in France, these capacitors are used in the critical signal paths and while they are expensive, the PrimaLuna team felt they could not be left out after careful listening comparisons with many different types.
STEREO OR MONOBLOCK OPERATION
It’s as simple as flipping a switch, and the DiaLogue Premium instantly switches from stereo to monoblock operation! Buy one, and as your budget grows your system can grow too. The benefit of monoblock operation is the amp now has dual output transformers for the best coupling with your speakers, and the addition of a 2-ohm speaker tap added to the 4 and 8-ohm taps. While all PrimaLuna amps are made for ribbons like Magnaplanars and electrostatics like Martin-Logan, you haven’t heard anything until you have heard a PrimaLuna monoblock!
DIALOGUE CLASS POWER TRANSFORMERS
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.
DIALOGUE CLASS 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. Our DiaLogue Class components feature the largest, widest-bandwidth output transformers we’ve ever made. 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 W/ SWISS MADE WIRE
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.
DiaLogue Premium 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.
- 2 x 36 watt power amplifier
- 1 x line-level input, 4 & 8 ohm speaker taps
- Power section: 4 x EL34 tubes. Pre section: 6 x 12AU7 tubes
- Can also support KT120 tubes, for 2 x 43 watt output (Same bias as KT88)
- Adaptive AutoBias, SoftStart circuit
- Power Transformer Protection & Output Transformer Protection circuits
- Bad Tube Indication circuit, with LED indicators
- Tube-plate fuse, for output protection
- Home theatre pass-thru, direct-line circuitry for connection to HT systems
- Hand-made with finest point-to-point wiring
- Premium parts such as ALPS volume control, Nichicon & Solen capacitors
- Heavy-gauge fully-vented steel chassis, with 5 coat hand-rubbed finish
- Includes quick release tube cage
Dimensions: 370mm x 200mm x 400mm (WxHxD)