PrimaLuna Evo 300 preamplifier and power amplifier

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PrimaLuna Evo 300

I haven’t heard the full new Evo range yet, but I can’t help feeling that this Evo 300 pre/power occupies the sweet spot in the range. Granted if you need more power the Evo 400 power amps (especially in mono form) are the logical choice, and if you need to put some distance between pre and power, then the Evo 400 preamp with either the Evo 300 or Evo 400 power amp, all running in balanced mode would be a more sensible option. But for many who are going to put less than five metres of wire between the two PrimaLuna products, and those who aren’t in the market for bigger, beefier power amps, I can’t help but think this is the perfect combination. That is based on a sample of precisely one product combination in the range, though... so maybe every PrimaLuna product is in that sweet spot! 

This might make me sound like a character in a Jane Austen novel, but I’m excessively diverted by the PrimaLuna Evo 300 preamp and power amp. I like the sound they make, and I like the reasons why they make that sound. I like that they are attainably priced, and I like that there is an easy mono upgrade path. I like that they aren’t built out of Bullshitted Credulum, and I like the ‘WYSIWYG’ approach to amplifier design. In short, I like ‘em! 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

PrimaLuna Evo 300 Pre

Dual mono valve line preamplifier

Line inputs: five single‑ended inputs, one home theatre bypass

Outputs: One stereo pair single‑ended preamp outputs, one tape monitor output

Valves: 6x 12AU7, 2x 5AR4

Bandwidth: 10 Hz–95kHz ± 1 dB

Output impedance: 256Ω

Gain: 10dB

Finish: Black or brushed aluminium

Dimensions (W×H×D): 396 × 207 × 403mm

Net weight: 24.4 kg

Price: £3,598

PrimaLuna Evo 300 power amp

Dual mono valve power amplifier

Inputs: RCA and XLR stereo inputs 

Output power: 44watts per channel (with supplied EL34 valves. pentode): 22watts (with supplied EL34 valves. triode operation)

Outputs: 4, 8, 16Ω

Standard valve complement: 6x 12AU7, 4x EL34

Valve options: 6L6G, 6L6GC, 7581A, EL34, EL37, 6550, KT66, KT77, KT88, KT90, KT120, KT150

Finish: Black or brushed aluminium

Dimensions (W×H×D): 386 × 203 × 404mm

Net weight: 30kg

Price: £3,798

Manufactured by: PrimaLuna

URL: primaluna.nl

Distributed by: Absolute Sounds

Tel: +44(0)208 971 3909

URL: absolutesounds.com

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