There’s just something about a tube amplifier that is incredibly wonderful. I could be the lovely orange glow from the power tubes, or the classic retro styling of many tube amplifiers. Maybe it’s the lovely, harmonically rich sound of good tube amps. Whatever lights your fire, tube amps are fantastic, even for those of us who mostly fire up electrons in a solid state. 

I’d like to introduce you to two of the best tube amplifier manufacturers on the planet:  PrimaLuna and Audio Research.

PrimaLuna Tube Amplifiers and Preamplifiers

Since 2003, PrimaLuna has created tube amplifiers with a unique construction found nowhere else. Their tube amplification technologies bring you closer to the music at a price you won’t believe.

PrimaLuna was founded on the idea of eliminating tube maintenance. They do this by using a sophisticated Adaptive AutoBias system while running tubes at the minimum dissipation (power) and giving more slam and bandwidth through superior output transformer design.

Soundings Fine Audio Video is pleased to be showing the following tube integrated amplifiers, tube preamplifiers, tube power amplifiers from PrimaLuna:

tube integrated amplifier stereo tube amp

Dialogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier – $4,399

stereo tube preamplifier stereo preamplifier

Dialogue Premium Stereo Preamplifier – $3,199

stereo tube amplifier tube power amp

Dialogue Premium HP Stereo Amplifier – $3,899

Audio Research Tube Amplifiers and Preamplifiers

Audio Research is one of the oldest continually operating tube amplifier manufacturers in American audio. The company was founded in 1970 in Minneapolis, MN with one goal in mind: to advance the state-of-the-art in music reproduction. 

Today, Audio Research philosophy remains focused on performance-oriented tube power amplifiers and stereo components. New product introductions are driven only by genuine advances in technology and performance — the HIGH DEFINITION that is the hallmark of the company’s products. 

Soundings Fine Audio Video is pleased to be showing the following tube integrated amplifiers, tube preamplifiers, tube power amplifiers from Audio Research:

Audio Research PH9 Tube Stereo Phono Preamplifier

PH9 Tube Phono Preamplifier

Audio Research REF6 Stereo Tube Preamplifier Front view, natural

ARC REF 6 Stereo Preamplifier

Audio Research REF75 Tube Amplifiers, front view

ARC Audio Research REF75 Stereo Tube Amplifier

Come visit Soundings Fine Audio and check out some of these great stereo pre amplifiers and amplifiers for yourself. See what you’ve been missing!



Is deep bass necessary or desirable? Yes, in our opinion it is not only desirable, it is a critical part of the audible spectrum. “High Fidelity” products are designed to reproduce the original sound of an instrument or soundtrack as accurately as possible by faithfully preserving the character of the “live” sound down to the last nuance and detail. When reproducing the sound of large bass instruments, such as organ pipes or the synthesized low frequencies present in film mixes, the sonic benefit of adding a sub-bass system is immediately obvious. Higher frequencies, you may think, are unaffected, because they contain no bass. In reality every note comprises a “fundamental” frequency and “harmonics” which embrace a much wider frequency spectrum than the fundamental, and combine to distinguish a note played on say a piano, from the same note played on a violin. All musical performances will produce very low frequencies in addition to those expected. A REL will ensure that your system is wide band width, ensuring that it more closely resembles the live performance. This principle is valid with all sound reproduction media. In all cases, deep bass is both desirable and necessary. Another example; walk into a large building, such as a cathedral. Immediately you sense you are in a large building simply by the way it “sounds” – it has a special ambience. Our ability to perceive this type of ambience comes in part from a subliminal awareness of the very long wavelengths (low frequencies) that are reflected all around us. These aural clues will be missing in a music or movie system of limited low frequency bandwidth.

REL Home Theater and Stereo subwoofer

“The REL shores up the organ entries in recordings of Mahler Second (Resurrection) or Eighth symphonies, and allows them to breath in a way you might not have expected to hear outside the concert hall. But the benefits reach much further than that. The REL equally contributes to space around and substance to the sound of solo piano.” – Alvin Gold, Gramophone

Have you gone looking for your favorite CD digging around through CD cases only to find the disc is missing? Are you tired of loading that old 300 disc CD changer with discs, wondering what might play next?

Sonos whole house music systemWith the VAST number of choices available for listening to digital music and streaming online content on your stereo system, may we suggest one that defies all others. If you love music, if you want that music now, and you want access to millions of songs easily at your finger tips, you might consider adding a Sonos to your stereo.

Sonos combines online internet content, such as Pandora Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Mog, iHeart Radio with your existing digital music library into one very simple to use system, AND you can play it all over your home, even if your home is not wired.

Sonos whole house music systemThe Sonos system uses a powerful mesh network to send music wirelessly all over your home in pristine digital quality with no loss. You can hook up Sonos components to your existing home stereo system or directly to a pair of stereo speakers in any room in (our outside) your home. And if you have a room where you simply want a 1 box solution for nice background music with no stereo components or speakers, Sonos has that too. See what others are saying:

In my opinion, this is the compact music system for the next decade.” – Brent Butterworth, Sound & Vision.

You will be able to tell from the tone of this review, that we are totally in love with the Sonos system. Having used it for a few months I can assure it is worth every penny and has actually changed the way we listen to music.” – Will More, Cult of Mac

For more information about the Sonos Wireless Home Music Systems come visit Soundings for a fun music filled demonstration.