Prima Luna with Focal?

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  1. M.R.Collins

    M.R.Collins Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    Not my video but here you go.
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  2. grive

    grive Active Member

    Almost a year after last post..

    Any new PrimaLuna - Focal satisfied or unsatisfied users ?

    For few years now, I am using PL Dialogue Integrated HP (with various tubes) and old Focal Profile 918 .

    PROFILE 918
    Type 2 1/2-way bass-reflex
    floor standing loudspeaker
    Drivers 1" (2.5cm) Al/Mg inverted
    dome tweeter
    61/2" (16.5cm) W cone woofer,
    61/2" (16.5cm) W cone midbass
    Frequency response (+/-3dB) 40Hz to 30.5kHz
    Sensitivity(2,83V/1m) 90dB
    Nom. impedance 8Ω
    Min. impedance 3.2Ω at 110Hz
    Max.power handling 175W
    Crossover frequency 180Hz / 2600Hz
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 39"x9"x13.8" (990x230x350mm)
    Net weight 43lbs (19.5kg)

    In my system (room 5,5 x 7 m) it sound perfectly !! Everything is nice: low/middle and highs. I play with various tubes but always find it OK. At the moment I have GL KT77/NOS Mullard on, and combo is great.
    Friends with much better (more expensive) equipment are nervous about sound from this combo not matter the source (Technics 1210 GR/ART9/LehmanAudio Decade, Arcam CD or Tidal/Dragonfly Red).
    So where is the problem... ? :rolleyes:
    I have a chance to buy second hand Focal Electra 1028BE in very good condition. It is almost imposible to get them on audition (private seller ..4 hours driving.. and I want to audit them in my room and with my gear)
    By everything I have read, 1028BE should be much better speakers...

    Type 3-way vented floor standing speaker, Powerflow
    Drivers Two 61/2" (16.5cm) 'W' woofers
    61/2" (16.5cm) 'W' midrange
    11/4" (27mm) pure Beryllium IAL
    inverted dome tweeter
    Frequency response (+/-3dB) 34Hz - 40kHz
    Low frequency point (-6dB) 28Hz
    Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 91.5dB
    Nominal impedance 8Ω
    Minimum impedance 3.5Ω
    Crossover frequency 350Hz / 2,200Hz
    Recommended amplifier power 40 - 300W
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 4311/16x103/8x133/4" (1,110x264x350mm)
    Net weight 72.6lbs (33kg)

    Any suggestion or your info about your PL/Focal synergy(or not) is appreciated !

    P.S. Before PL HP I have used PL Prologue Integrated also with Profile 918. It was nice combo (maybe Prologue was a little short in wattage)
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  3. 4xoddic

    4xoddic Forum Resident

    I have Profile 908s (bookshelf) driven by Yamaha home theater receiver (<80 watts). Have Electra 1038BEs driven by a Yamaha P7000s pro amp (700 W). SO, I'm not any help on the Primaluna aspect. BUT, I believe you'd like the 1028s! Which finish?
  4. grive

    grive Active Member

    Finish is black...



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  5. mdelrossi

    mdelrossi Forum Resident

    Brooklyn nyc
    I have the smaller brother the 1008be2 and they are fantastic with the Primaluna dialogue premium. and you can definitely hear the changes in pre amp tube.
    my room is 16X11X 9tall
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  6. M.R.Collins

    M.R.Collins Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    I was tempted with these but decided between my finances and performance of the 936's I was set for a while. These seem like very good speakers
  7. grive

    grive Active Member

    How Lehman Black cube fits in your 1008Be2/ Focal combo?
  8. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    The Electra Be are significantly better than the Profil speakers. You've waited almost a week. It'll be amazing if they are still available.
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  9. grive

    grive Active Member

    You are 100% right... Will keep you informed...
  10. 4xoddic

    4xoddic Forum Resident

    While shopping for Focals w/be tweeter, Google came up with little on the 1028/1038 Bes, which were being discontinued. After purchase, I came across this glowing review of the previous series:

    Michael Fremer's review of Focal Electra 1037 Be

    The Electra 1037 Bes remained in my system for almost three months, yet try as I might, I couldn't find a seam in the speaker's frequency balance. I'm certain that, at least in my room, it produced the smoothest, most coherent frequency response of any speaker I've reviewed, and especially of any model that extends down into the 30Hz region. The result was among the most convincing and believable expression of instrumental harmonics I've heard.

    according to the company, the handsome, floorstanding 1027 Be ($7995/pair), enthusiastically reviewed by Sam Tellig in Stereophile in November 2005, quickly became a best-seller.

    Focal Electra 1037 Be loudspeaker

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