PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube Integrated Amp

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PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube Integrated Amp

 

Despite the EVO100's modest relative power of 40 W at 8 ohms, the subjectively perceived value is much higher. And the quality of the device's power supply makes it difficult for it to be intimidated. This little guy knows how to talk about music without ever giving up a remarkable sweetness of timbres from one end of his bandwidth to the other. With delicacy, the top of the spectrum reveals a great ability to express all the nuances of an interpretation ... The medium is homogeneous, fluid and graceful, it seems to flow from this small machine like the clear water of the stream. The bass goes down very low.
— VUMETRE (FRANCE), MAY-JUN 2019

Replacing beloved the PrimaLuna Classic, this entry into the EVO series offers an integrated with astonishing bandwidth and musicality, and a smaller, lighter footprint than the others in the series.

Compare PrimaLuna construction to any other brand, at any price. You'll be amazed.

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What PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube Integrated Amp owners think:

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(Optional) Internal Moving Magnet Phonostage

Freq. Response 10Hz-50kHz
Distortion & Noise -83dB
Input Impedance 50kΩ
Gain 42dB
Suggested Min. Cartridge Output 2.0 mV

EVO internal phonostage connects directly to one of the existing line inputs on your PrimaLuna EvoLution series Integrated Amp or Preamplifier. No extra plugs or cables required. Uses Surface Mount Technology implementation for the shortest signal path and reduction of parasitic capacitances and inductance.

Made in Holland to ISO 9001 standards, boasting selected components for the best sound quality. Miniature film capacitors, minimelf resistors, and a superior op-amp for lowest noise, highest speed, and robust drive. Low impedance electrolytics and a super low noise power supply results in a turntable experience with goose bumps!

Suitable for both moving magnet and high-output moving coil cartridges. Can be installed any time (requires basic soldering skills) or installed at time of purchase (no installation fee).

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 guessworkNo smoking ampNo getting out the soldering iron or dropping your amp off at UPS

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.

Custom Toroidal 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.

Custom Super-Wide-Bandwidth 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

Adaptive Autobias

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 (sub of p2p wiring)

Never buy an integrated amp with an internal DAC. Why? Because digital changes, and history shows that integrated amps 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.

SmartWatts - Extended Tube Life

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. The signal path is now almost non-existent, so there are no wires to pick up noise.

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, even the KT120 (the EVO 100 is not KT150 compatible). A future-proof design, PrimaLuna is compatible with NEW tube types not even thought of today!

PrimaLuna Integrated Amplifier Feature Comparison

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Headphone Amplifier
Swiss Made Wiring
Takman Resistors
DuRoch Tinfoil Capacitors
Subwoofer Output
Home Theater Bypass
AC Offset Killer
Triode/Ultra-Linear Switching
SuperQuiet Inputs
Remote Control
KT150 Compatible
Adaptive AutoBias
Point-to-Point Wiring
Bade Tube Indicator
Wide-Bandwidth Output Transformers
Toroidal Power Transformers
ALPS Blue Velvet Potentiometer