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PrimaLuna EVO 400 series

Shortly after the turn of the new millennium, PrimaLuna began manufacturing valve amplifiers for buyers hankering for an alternative to the stereotypical solid-state sound. The Netherlands-based company launched accessible tube designs with up-to-the-minute styling, starting with the ProLogue and then DiaLogue ranges. These played an important part in proselytising the joys of ‘glass audio’ to a new generation. Now, the company’s new EvoLution range – EVO for short – has taken over the mantle, with 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels. The EVO 400 pre/power amplifier combination you see here (£4150 apiece) is the company’s third-generation flagship.

There’s no mysticism to PrimaLuna, no pretentious backstory that warrants a high-end price tag. This pre/power is devoid of gimmicks, with a neat and uncontrived design allied to solid engineering. Although the preamplifier has no internal DAC, there’s a good selection of inputs – including, for the first time on a PrimaLuna amp, balanced XLR connections – that let it form the heart of a modern hi-fi system.

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