Primare A30.1 maybe a 100-watt amp but when driven hard gives one an impression of the amplifier being a lot more powerful that what the specs would suggest. From my experience I have always noted this with amplifiers of high current designs. This type of design is excellent in dealing with music having very high dynamic range. It is a thorough-bred powerhouse in disguise. Thrashing the mighty with its control on raw power, authority on sound, neutrality and depth. Bass is simply outspoken in this amplifier. Clarity worth competing with the best.
The power output is 100 watts at 8 Ohms and at 4 Ohms a very respectable 180 watts. This is a true high current design amplifier and dishes out a whooping +/- 40A of current when called upon to do so by current hungry speakers, likes of the 4 Ohm Kef’s.
In the last few years, Primare have been successful in creating a niche market for their products getting accolades from critics in audio circles. In the late 90’s audio engineer, Michael Bladelius formerly of Pass Labs and Threshold, joined Primare and as a result new product line was developed in 10, 20 and 30 series components. In fact, this particular amplifier, Primare A30.1, is an award winning design from the same era.
It is dual mono, weighs around 15 kg and is very well finished. It also has one set of balanced inputs. It sounds much more natural compared to the amplifiers mentioned above with more than enough control and grip. The tonal balance is excellent with a particularly well defined midband.
An excellent Integrated Amplifier at any price.
Output power per channel 2 x 100W into 8 Ω, 2 x 180W into 4 Ω
Speaker terminals 4 –16 Ω
Output impedance <0.06 Ω
DC offset <3mV
Balanced inputs 560mV
Line inputs 280mV
Tape outputs 280mV
Frequency response <10Hz – 100kHz, -3dB
THD <0.07% at full power
Signal-to-noise, line -100dB (A-weighted)
Power consumption 600W max
Peak current ± 40A
Dimensions (WxDxH) 430 x 375 x 100mm
Weight 34 pounds
Country of Origin: Sweden