For those interested in the PrimaLuna Prologue One

I'm currently breaking in a Prologue One in my reference system (and I've also used Tylers Linbrrok Signature one piece system). I'm posting this because of the review in The Absolute sound which was very positive and minimized the value in rolling small tubes......they didn't mention the power tubes.

I found this amp to have a severe lower midrange suck out with the factory tubes using both sets of speakers and using both 4 and 8 ohm taps. The mid range was good, the bass was very good for such a small amp, but there was no connection between them. I changed the power tubes to Svetlana - absolutely huge difference!!!! The whole frequency spectrum is now there. Very nice sound now, especially for the price. Small tube rolling next.
I'm waiting for the Prologue One vs.TAD/Cayin tube integrated showdown. The reviews on both are positve.
Did anybody else find it strange that TAS reviews both (Primaluna and TAD/Cayin) in adjacent issues and completely fails to menton that they both are based on the same design and the same factory?

It would have really been nice if they would have compared the different amps, but that's probably asking too much of a professional hifi magazine.

Also comparing different tubes (power and small signal) in tube amp should be the minimum any reviewer should try. I didn't learn anything from either review that I have not read before here on Agon and on AudioAsylum.

Newbee, btw: how does the PrimaLuna cmpare to your sonic frontier setup?

Enjoy your new tube amp...

Rene, The ARC/SF combo is more refined, powerful, detailed/focused, warmer in tone and IMHO musical, throughout the whole frequency range. A comparison is really unfair though. But for casual listening the PrimaLuna is a very nice integrated amp. I bought it for a 2d system and I'm not at all disappointed. Its still not fully broken in yet and I haven't started to play with the small tubes.