The combined qualities of the superb Sonus Faber Sonetto 2 bookshelf speakers and PrimaLuna EVO 100 valve amplifier are something to behold. The signature “silkiness” of the Sonetto 2 speakers is beautifully energized by the analogue vigour of the EVO 100 integrated tube amp. High frequencies are crisp and inviting whilst the “bottom-end” pulses nicely without being overly forward. In our opinion this is an excellent marriage for classical music listeners looking to complete a smaller room. Simply add a good quality CD player or streamer and let this wonderful tube-based Hi-Fi stereo system do the rest.
Sonus Faber Sonetto II Speakers
As a large bookshelf speaker, the Sonetto II embraces all the iconic elements of the brand including natural materials, the Lute shaped cabinet & artisan hand finishing in Vicenza, Italy. It produces deep bass and a big soundstage that can fill a larger space but it is still easy to drive, making it an ideal choice with most medium powered amplifiers. The combination of a silk dome tweeter with the DAD™ technology and a mid-woofer with a special natural fibre and paper blend diaphragm defines the iconic “Voice of Sonus faber”“. The Sonus faber Sonetto collection inherits from the Olympica line the leather top, hand-sewn, soft to the touch and embellished by the hot branded Sonus faber logo. The lute shape that characterizes most of the Sonus faber models offers a solution that ensures no internal parallel surfaces and perfect control over internal resonances. Besides its dimensions, Sonetto II still has the capability to disappear in the environment with an elegant and graceful style. An elegant piece of furniture that fills the environment with its warm and enveloping ‘voice’.
PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube Integrated Amplifier (EL34)
It has been nearly a decade since PrimaLuna has introduced an entirely refreshed product line of valve amplifiers and you will find the new EVO series shares the previous line’s DNA. The new products feature upgraded transformers and internal components, improved aesthetics and an enhanced set of features including a bad tube indicator, custom toroidal transformers and custom output transformers. Just as importantly is what hasn’t changed, including the meticulous hand-assembly, point-to-point wiring, superlative build quality and cutting-edge Adaptive Auto-Bias (TM) circuitry upon which PrimaLuna has built its reputation.
Output transformers are the most important part of any tube amp. They determine how low the bass will reach and how high the top end goes. 250 watts of power will have no top and bottom extension if the output transformers don’t have the bandwidth. PrimaLuna uses lower power to extend tube life, and bandwidth to give you slam.
Power transformers generate two types of noise, magnetic and acoustic. That’s why toroidal power transformers are used in the very best audio products. Compared to standard transformers, toroids radiate about 1/10 the magnetic field that pollutes music and obscures detail. All PrimaLuna products use massive, potted toroidal transformers. PrimaLuna transformers are enclosed in a metal housing and then potted in a non-microphonic resin to further reduce noise and to protect the windings from moisture and deterioration forever.
SONUS FABER SONETTO II KEY FEATURES:
• 2-way, compact, high-end, passive loudspeakers
• Output well-suited to mid-sized spaces
• Made in Italy
PRIMALUNA EVO 100 TUBE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER KEY FEATURES:
• High quality valve integrated amplifier
• 2 x 40 Watts
• 4 x stereo RCA inputs
• High quality headphone amplifier with 1/4″ output
• Tube compliment: 2 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AU7, 4 x EL34