Ever since I reviewed PrimaLuna's ProLogue Premium
, for the June 2012 issue, it has been the model I would turn to when I wanted a moderately priced integrated amplifier to try with a new speaker. It never disappointed me, and never seemed outclassed, even when the speaker was the MartinLogan Montis
($10,000/pair). At $2399, the ProLogue Premium to me represents the "sweet spot" for systems in the range of $4000$10,000 or higher. Although its 35Wpc may not be enough for some speakers (depending on the room and personal preference), I never had any such problem, regardless of whether the speaker had a built-in powered subwoofer (eg
, the Montis or the GoldenEar Technology Triton Two
) or was a passive design (Wharfedale's Jade 7
or Focal's Aria 936
). With differences noted depending on whether EL34 or KT88 output tubes were used, the ProLogue Premium delivered sound that was always smooth and musically involving.