Amplifiers, Preamplifiers and Integrated Amps
Prima Luna is the leading manufacturer of affordable, high quality tube amps. Their 35W/ch tube power amp is under $1000 & has a 2 year warranty. This amp drive Focal speakers to loud volumes. Gold Sound is Prima Luna's only Colorado dealer. We have Prima Luna tube integrated amps, preamps & 70W mono blocks. Prima Luna has received more rave reviews from STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND than any other amp company.
New PARASOUND P5 PREAMP in Stock!
Highly recommended by STEREOPHILE, 4/14!$1095, Remote Control
DAC: USB, RCA & Optical PHONO Input: MM/MC [100/47k ohms]
SUB / SATELLITE OUTPUT: Adjustable Xover, 20-140hz; HOME THEATER BYPASS
Line inputs: 6 RCA, one XLR bass & treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA black or silver.
The P5's feature set & sound quality is far above anything anywhere near its price. Most preamps many times its price do not include Parasound's DAC, home theater bypass, adjustable subwoofer crossover or 5 year warranty.
We now have on display:
*Asterisk means that this product has been favorably reviewed by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND, etc. Reviews are further down on this page.
STEREO INTEGRATED AMPS
PRIMA LUNA, all tube amps
Classic Integrated amp
Dialogue Premium Integrated amp
Stereo Pre + Power Amps
CAMBRIDGE 551P Phono preamp
651P Phono Preamp
A23* & A21* stereo power amps
P3, P5, JC2 & JC3* Stereo preamps
2100 Stereo preamp
PARASOUND Z - Only 9.5" wide!
Z Amp Stereo power amp
Z Speaker selector switch
Z Phono preamp*
CAMBRIDGE 551 phono preamp
651 phono preamp
MUSICAL SURROUNDINGS NOVA II
PARASOUND Z phono preamp*
Z phono USB preamp*
JC3 phono preamp
TUBE Amps & Preamps
PRIMA LUNA PROLOGUE, all tube
Classic Integrated amp, 35W/ch
Four power amp, 35W/ch
Six monoblocks, 70W/ch
PRIMA LUNA DIALOGUE PREMIUM, all tube
How to Improve your Home Theater System
Most home theater receivers have power ratings that melt away like a snow man in the hot sun. HOME THEATER, 12/12, tested a $600 Denon receiver rated at 125W/ch. With all channels running, the tested power is under 53 watts/ch. However, you can easily fix this problem.
If your receiver has preamp outputs, hooking up a good separate power amp makes your system come alive. Beyond getting a larger quantity of watts, you'll get far better quality watts. Power amps have more robust power supplies, which enable them to have richer & deeper bass, plus imaging that you can touch & feel.
HOME THEATER 10/08 compared $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receivers with a $2000 Marantz power amp. The amp "easily won in every department, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution, with an airy, open & extended yet sweet top end; far superior to Denon, which was closed in & opaque. The amp produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume; combined delicacy, detail, transparency & a velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than the Denon. I doubt any receiver at any price can match the amp's sonic performance."
Virtually every receiver is only rated at 8 ohms, yet many speakers are not 8 ohms, including Focal, B&W, Infinity & many more. The Parasound A21 stereo amp, 125W/8 ohm, 200W/4 ohm for $995, improves most receivers. The A21, 250W/8 ohm 400W/4 ohm for $2495 has far more wattage & better quality watts than any receiver. Parasound's new A31, $3295, has the same power as the A21, but has three channels, for the front left, right & center.
Parasound makes several fine five channel power amps. We have a special on the Parasound 5250vII five channel power amp, 250-385W/ch. The list is $2850, but we have only one left, reduced to $1798. This amp is new, in a sealed box, with a 3 year warranty.
MARANTZ AV PREAMP
Marantz AV8801 Surround Processor, $3,599
MARANTZ AV POWER AMP
Home Theater, May, "Marantz’s new top-of-the-line performed so well, it is our new reference."
MM8003, 8 channel power amp, $2399 "Tested power, one channel, 192W, 8 ohm; 289W, 4 ohm." BOTH RECOMMENDED, HOME THEATER 10/08
"Its network player easily shared music, photo & video files with Windows XP, a really worthwhile feature. Marantz had far superior spatial presentation & microdynamics, plus sounded more powerful, dynamic & definitely more supple & nuanced than $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receivers. Marantz easily won in every department, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution, with an airy, open & extended yet sweet top end; far superior to Denon, which was closed in & opaque. Marantz produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume; combined delicacy, detail, transparency & a velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than Denon. Marantz high-frequency air, transparency, delicacy & transient clarity rival high-end stereo amps. I doubt any receiver at any price can match its sonic performance." HOME THEATER 10/08
MARANTZ Stereo Integrated
PM5004, $449, "Silky midrange; enjoyed the rhythmic pacing; natural & clean transients. Sonic improvement over the PM5003 with even greater dynamic contrasts, more delicacy & an overall sound a touch more rich & involving." STEREOPHILE 3/11; exceptional value, 4/11
Z AMP, v.3 stereo power amp, $349, 45W/ch,
8 ohm; 60W/ch, 4 ohm, 90W/ch, 8 ohm, 20-20k
"I've used a couple of Zamps for years. They've powered my rear surround speakers, my officie & filled in for other amps around the house. The Z amps are totally reliable & sound nice."
"One helluva 45 watt amp, regardless of price tag & chassis size," THE AUDIO CRITIC
"The smoothness & naturalness of the Zamp's midrange was exceptional: clean, sweet, realistic & musical. If you're in the market for an inexpensive amp, run - do not walk- to check out this amp. It's a fabulous value for the money." audioXpress
PARASOUND Classic Amps
2100, $695, Stereo Preamp, "I don't know of another preamp with all these features - Subwoofer output with variable crossover; Phono input, switchable to moving magnet, coil or line; Remote control; Tone controls & Front panel MP3 input. Sound is clean, transparent, airy highs, tight & controlled bass. Distortion is so low we couldn't measured it." 11/07 ENJOY THE MUSIC.COM
"High-end stereo preamp with unique capabilities for integration into home theater systems & custom installs."
EXCITE AWARD, CUSTOM RETAILER 10/07
5250 II, list $2850, now on sale at $1798!!!
THX Certified. 250-385W x 5 channels BEST AMP UNDER $3000 "Parasound has always offered terrific value. Packs a tremendous punch with one of the best $ to watt ratios." HOME THEATER VISION 2007 annual
A21, power amp, $2495 "Very fine amp at exceptionally fair price. Midrange & bass excellent; sounded fundamentally similar to $20-40,000 amps." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Excellent amp, 250W/ch/8 ohm, 400W/ch/4 ohm." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
A23, power amp, $995, 125-200W/ch "Reasonably priced amp, musically quite involving." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
JC1 Power Amp $8988/pr, 400W, 8 ohm; 800W, 4 ohm; 1200W, 2 ohm, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; "Powerful, refined, smooth, dynamic, transparent; rated at 400W, does 586W." PRODUCT OF THE YEAR; IN SAME CLASS AS $55,000 AMPS. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/12
"The build & sound quality of my JC1 mono amps, my reference amps, is first rate. If they were made in America or Australia, it would cost a lot more. Thirty grand for a pair of Halcros? I'll take Parasounds. I heard both & I did." STEREOPHILE 12/05
"I [Sam Tellig] own a pair of JC1 amps. They're a steal. I've used the JC1's with 24 different speakers & never ran out of power. In a large room - especially one with cathedral ceilings & open space - you need increased power." STEREOPHILE 12/07
"A revelation; impressively coherent; transparent & detailed soundstage." STEREOPHILE 3/08
"Effortlessly powerful, silky smooth, crystal clear abundantly detailed." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
PARASOUND HALO PREAMPS
P3, preamp, $849 "Should be celebrated. Parasound has a solid reputation by offering high-value products that compete well with more expensive products." AVguide.com RECOMMENDED
A23 & P3 "A winning combination! Sexy in appearance, easy to use; sound solid & satisfying. Their sleek cases & glowing blue lights will make them showpieces in your living room & should earn them easy spousal approval." GOOD SOUND.COM 12/1/04
JC2 Preamp, $4295, PRODUCT of the YEAR; ABSOLUTE SOUND GOLDEN EAR AWARD; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"An extreme rarity; a near-reference-quality product that many of us can actually afford. Neutral & natural, transparent, quick & delicately detailed. Creating this little masterwork (it even comes with a serviceable remote control) at this price is another feather in Parasound's & designer John Curl's cap." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
"Like the JC1, the JC2 is up there with the best of them, but down to earth in price. Competes successfully against preamps, solid-state or tubes, that sell for twice the price or more. It excels at reproduction of space;
helps the JC1 amps throw a huge soundstage." STEREOPHILE 12/07
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; IN SAME CLASS as $30,000 PREAMPS "Excellent reproduction of space; music emerges intact with body, bloom & dynamics, with definition & detail form an utterly silent background. Perhaps the finest solid-state line stage I've heard." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/12
"Remarkably detailed & shockingly realistic sound. Rock solid build quality; parts quality absolutely first rate. JC1 & 2 sound strikes a keen balance between superlative resolution & sounding beguilingly sweet & natural. I'm totally absorbed by CDs that had bored me. Experience the Parasounds first hand. Bring your favorite music & hear it like never before." HOME ENTERTAINMENT 6/08
"The BEST BARGAIN in a HIGH END PREAMP. This is the closest I've heard solid state come to a fundamentally neutral sound. It preserves fine harmonic & dynamic detail, air & bloom in the midband; [plus] the frequency extremes, which is unique in a solid state preamp. EXTREME RARITY - A REFERENCE QUALITY PRODUCT THAT MANY of us can ACTUALLY AFFORD." ABSOLUTE SOUND 7/08
JC3 Phono preamp, $2350, JC3 midbass attack is timbrally & texturally ideal; bass tight & punchy; midbass attack timbrally & texturally ideal, performing well beyond its price. Superb musical grip & control. At $2350, the JC3 is a remarkably fine phono that easily held its own against preamps from $10,600 to $26,000. The JC3 represents the best current value in a phono preamp. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 3/11
STEREOPHILE EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, 4/12, in same class as $3900 preamps
PHONO STAGE OF THE YEAR "There's a riveting balance of extremes at play here - a kiss of romance through the mids & an ability to extract & define low-level information in acoustic space. There's a warm breadth of life in every musical image." ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/12
GOLDEN EAR AWARD "Curl's earlier efforts, the Halo JC-1 amp & JC-2 preamp, had been overwhelmingly well received & phono stages are one of Curl's passions. The JC-3 is a dual-mono design. Each channel is housed in its own extruded aluminum enclosure & further isolated from the power supply with thick, low-carbon-steel partitions. The JC-3 is fitted with top-quality parts throughout. What continues to strike me about the JC-3 is its balance of profound silence & kick-butt energy, its kiss of romance through the mids & its ability to extract low-level information & define it in acoustic space. There's a warm breath of life in every musical image."
BSOLUTE SOUND 11/12 & 9/11
Parasound Halo AV Amps
A51 $4795, Surround sound power amp, EDITOR'S CHOICE "Powerful power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS 2008
A31, $3295, 3 channel power amp "The A31 is rated at 250W/ch, 8 ohms or 400W/ch 4 ohms, all 3 channels driven 20Hz-20k. Immediately I was struck by the treble. It revealed more detail across the soundstage & subtleties of texture. The remarkable definition continued into the midrange & bass. The bass was firm & extended & never lacked for power & weight. The clean, luminous sound of the A31 was distinguishable from the opaque treble of the $6000 Bel Canto Ref1000Mk2 monoblocks. The A31 is slightly less powerful than the $10,000 McIntosh MC303 into 8 ohms & somewhat more powerful into 4 ohms. The Mac's treble was recessed in comparison." STEREOPHILE 9/12
P7 PREAMP, $2295, "Set-up as a straight-through stereo preamp was a piece of cake. Delight to use & listen to. Outstandingly transparent. A superb analog stereo preamp at a realistic price. Icing on the cake: sophisticated control functions, renamable input displays, superb remote control & valuable ability to manage bass via its stereo inputs. A category killer. Nothing else can do what it does & the few that sound marginally better cost many times more." STEREOPHILE, 1/09
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED, exceptional value, in same class as $8,000 preamp, 4/12
"Transparent & near silent. When you consider how noisy a receiver can be with the amp & massive power supply next to sensitive audio parts, the P7 makes a lot of sense. Free the music from all that electronic noise & audiophiles can rest assured they're getting the source material, to the best ability their system can muster. Fantastically well built." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
PRIMA LUNA REVIEWS
DIALOGUE 3, rated in same class as $5700 preamps "Prima Luna's new top-of-the-line preamp weighs 53 lbs., has point-to-point wiring & dual mono construction, uses 2 rectifier & 4 triode tubes & is housed in an attractive steel chassis painted with 5 coats of hand-rubbed blue gray lacquer. Its clean rear panel has 5 line-level inputs, 2 system [power amp] outputs, one tape monitor output & pass-through jacks. The Dialogue 3 offered timbral clarity, richness & an excellent sense of scale; a shoo-in, a must hear." STEREOPHILE 10/13
DIALOGUE 3 Preamp, "This surprisingly hefty preamp generates tremendous WOW factor - it's difficult to believe that such engaging, gorgeous sound, coupled with a wonderfully expansive soundstage, can be had for such a modest price. One of its most compelling virtues is that it lets music "breathe" & flow effortlessly. If you want to listen for hours without any aural fatigue & be transfixed by the musical performances & the gorgeous timbres of instruments & voices, you've come to the right place."ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
PROLOGUE 5, "The 36W/ch tube Prologue is more authoritative than its rating would lead you to expect & offers a warm, rich presentation. Produces clean, deep, tight bass & grand soundstaging."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14
PROLOGUE 6, "These beautifully built, affordable & hassle-free 70W/ch mono blocks will alter your preconceptions about tube gear. Transient quickness & ability to drive difficult loads, yet still have that tube magic."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14
DIALOGUE 7 mono block power amps, "These surprisingly powerful monoblocks are just the right tonic to make you fall in love with your system again. They reproduce music with the natural lushness & sense of space one hears in live music, while maintaining transient quickness without a hint of tube sluggishness. Their soundstaging & truth of timbre are reference quality. The supplied remote lets one switch between the more dynamicallly explosive, incisive & tonally balanced ultra-linear sound or the more beautiful & palpable triode sound. It's like getting two amps in one." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
PROLOGUE ONE, $1799 "My astonishment at the level of value couldn't be more genuine. 42W/ch into 8 ohms; 47W/ch into 4 ohms. Boy oh boy can I recommend this amp. Lustily, heartily & enthusiastically recomended."
"If they ever offer a Nobel prize for bringing affordable audio to the masses, I'd be the first to nominate [Prima Luna's owner] Kevin Deal. The Prologue One is built like a $3000 amp. The Prologue One is right up there with the best. put tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." "A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14
Class A, rated in same class as $34,000 amps "Prima Luna's top-of-the-line integrated amp is rated at 32W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 43W/ch with optional KT120s. It uses Prima Luna's Adaptive AutoBias feature for easy swapping of output tubes & has a bad tube indicator, power transformer protection & output transformer protection circuitry. Extremely quiet & sounded bigger than its power rating suggested, with a rich midrange & an excellent sense of timing; a dream come true." STEREOPHILE 4/14
"A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14
PROLOGUE PREMIUM, rated in same class as $6,500 amps "The solidly built Prologue Premium is rated at 35W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." STEREOPHILE 10/13
REGA Integrated Amps Include MM Phono Preamp & Remote Control
BRIO R, $895, Rega's most affordable integrated amp. "There's a lot to be said for an amplifier that doesn't sound conspicuously solid state or tube but suggests the strengths of both. The Brio-R impressed with a forthright balance of weight, tonal density & authority. Particularly well-suited for smaller floor standers & compact speakers." ABSOLUTE SOUND 3/14, EDITOR'S CHOICE
OSIRIS, $9995, Rega's best integrated amp, 162W/ch. "Deliver's almost mind-bending levels of dynamic agility, subtlety & clout. An eerily effective & 3-dimensional sounstager." ABSOLUTE SOUND 3/14, EDITOR'S CHOICE
ROKSAN REVIEWS - MADE IN ENGLAND, 5 year parts & labor warranty
KANDY K2 Integrated Amp, $1925, now $1495 STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/13; in same class as $8000 amps. "The stylish, solid-state K2 rated at 125W/ch, 8 ohms [134W/ch, clipping]; 200W/ch, 4 ohms & has a front-panel headphone output, 5 line-level inputs & a phono stage. The included remote control offers pushbuttons & a touchscreen for controlling all functions. One of the most listenable entry-level components I've had in my home."
"When most other amps, [NAD, Linn, Naim, etc.], are without phono stages, the Roksan Kandy K2's inclusion of the same may be that product's greatest technical distinction. The K2 distinguished itself as a clear, big-sounding, rhythmically accomplished amp. The K2 [is] one of the most listenable entry-level components. The phono section deserves special mention, for its freedom from hum & noise; & [its] slight & pleasant roundness. The K2 is an amp one can grow into for quite some time before wanting more; a neat balancing act, carried off with rare success. The Roksan is built like Schik Brithouse, offers very good value for the money & I enjoyed every minute spent listening to it. Highly recommended." STEREOPHILE on line 5/15/10
GERMAN PARTS & DESIGN
Pho8, list $450; your cost $399; moving magnet & moving coil; black or silver finish. "Well finished & appointed; sturdy construction, high quality parts, hefty 3 pound external power supply. A level of build quality unusual in this price range. Quiet; sound is liquid, soundstage vivid & dimensional; you'll need a much bigger wallet to beat it." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11; 11/12
SA31, list $750, now $699, "A well-made entry-level vacuum-tube preamp with tone controls & a loudness contour switch. The preamp's sound is characterized by a rich, seductive midrange & hearty & solidly weighted bass. Terrific bang for the buck." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
SA31mk, list $1850, now $1599, "Staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND 12/10; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
VINCENT POWER AMPS
SP331, list $1600, now $1395. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 250W/ch/4 ohm; POWER AMP of the YEAR, "One of the best-sounding sub-$2k amps. A hybrid tube / solid-state amp combines the richness & subtlety of fine tube designs - especially through the midrange - with the sheer low frequency grunt, control & agility of a good solid-state amp. In the treble it sounds slightly softer but also more delicate than solid-state amps in its price range." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
"One of the sweetest deals in high end audio today. Midrange subtlety & richness in spades; a delightful holographic 3D presentation that reveals the finely contoured edges of notes." ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/08
SP331mk, list $2750, now $2499. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 300W/ch/4 ohm, "Impressively spacious; convincingly lifelike & well-defined soundstage; fine feeling of lilt & pace, staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND 12/10; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
YAMAHA SURROUND PROCESSOR
Aventage CX-A5000, $3,000 (S&V, 1/2014): The first Yamaha Aventage dedicated preamp/ processor delivered fabulous sound, tank-like build quality & more features than you can shake a stick at for a quite reasonable price.
WARRANTIES, all parts & labor
CAMBRIDGE AUDIO, 2 years
CROWN, 3 years
DENON Amps & receivers, 2 years
MARANTZ, 3 years
PARASOUND Z, 2 years
PARASOUND Classic, 3 years
PARASOUND Halo, 5 years
PARASOUND Halo JC, 10 years
PRIMA LUNA, 2 years
REGA, 3 years
ROKSAN, 5 years
VINCENT, 2 years
YAMAHA, 2 years
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