PrimaLuna EVO 200
PrimaLuna EVO 200
PrimaLuna EVO 200

PrimaLuna EVO 200: Integrated amplfier delivering 2 x 44 W with EL34 tubes

The PrimaLuna EVO 200 Integrated is the third oldest integrated amplifier, delivering 2 x 44 W with EL34 tubes (or 2 x 45 W with the KT88).

In headphone amplifier mode, the PrimaLuna EVO 200 Integrated operates all powerful tubes, and the voltage divider reduces the signal power to a level acceptable for headphones. The elegant and well-designed circuitry also allows for instant switching between speakers and headphones, which can vary widely in impedance.

The proprietary adaptive auto-bias system – PrimaLuna Adaptive AutoBias uses an array of sensors to monitor the condition of the lamps and smoothly adjust modes in real time. But most importantly, this is a one-of-a-kind circuit that is truly “adaptive”, in that it solves the problem of non-linear behavior of tube characteristics at the highest volume levels, and therefore reduces distortion by more than 50%, while significantly extending life. Tube Life AutoBias is completely passive and stays out of the way of the audio signal, resulting in virtually maintenance-free amplifiers, long tube life, and the lowest distortion for amazing sound quality.

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The amplifier circuit uses only selected high-quality components, such as custom toroidal power transformers in massive housings, self-wound wideband output transformers, ceramic lamp sockets; ALPS volume control; Philips superfast diodes; massive gold-plated column terminals of the WBT design (all terminals are milled from copper and have no internal cavities – for better conductivity and increased reliability); Gold-plated RCA input connectors on the panel.

All transformers in the PrimaLuna EVO 200 Integrated are equipped with PTP™ (Power Transformer Protection) circuitry. If the power transformer overheats or is overloaded, this circuit cuts off power to the primary winding, allowing it to cool before damage is done. When the transformer cools down, the connection is restored and, if nothing has failed, the amplifier will turn on again and work correctly.

PrimaLuna engineers wanted to make life easier for tube amp owners so that they would never have to give up the tube dream. So they came up with a lamp failure indicator. In such a situation, the Adaptive AutoBias system immediately puts the amplifier into protection mode, so no parts can fail. The red LED lights up in front of the lamp that needs replacing. Just insert another lamp and listen again. No complicated diagnostics, no smoke from the amplifier, no need to take out a soldering iron or send the amplifier for service.

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The PrimaLuna EVO 200 Integrated uses point-to-point wiring and carefully thought-out component placement. The entire signal path, including resistors and capacitors, is painstakingly soldered by hand with a thick cable by masters of their craft.

With PrimaLuna amplifiers, you can freely select the type of tubes that sound best to you. Try the 6L6G, 6L6GC, 7581A, EL34, EL37, 6550, KT66, KT77, KT88, KT90, KT120, and even the huge KT150. The design of PrimaLuna amplifiers is future-proof – that is, it is compatible not only with existing ones, but also with new types of tubes that are just being conceived today!

Characteristics of PrimaLuna EVO 200 Integrated

Output power: 2 x 44/45 W (EL34 / KT88)
Inputs: 4 pairs RCA / 1 pair RCA – HT Bypass,
Outputs: terminals for speakers 4 Ohm and 8 Ohm, Tape – 1 RCA,
Output headphone: 6.35 mm (1/4″) Headphone
Frequency range: 10 Hz-65 kHz, +/- 1 dB, 9 Hz -95 kHz +/- 3 dB
THD distortion: < 0.2% at 1 W, < 2% at rated power
SNR: 86 dB,
Input Sensitivity: 275 mV, (EL34)
Input Impedance: 100 kΩ
100% shielded phono chassis for mounting optional MM PhonoLogue circuitry
SoftStartTM circuitry for increased longevity of sensitive components as well as reduced damage to lamps from thermal shock
Elegant, heavy-duty metal remote control
Hand-polished faceplate, black or silver
Quick-release lamp cage
Lamps: 4 – 12AU7, 4 – EL34
Consumption: 280 W
Dimensions (WxHxD): 385 x 205 x 405 mm
Weight: 24 kg