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I am seriously considering trading in my Mystere CA-21 for the Dialogue and was wondering what differences in sound there are. Is this a move upward or sideways sonically, and what improvement(s) did you hear, or is it just a different presentation? I'm very happy with the sound of the Mystere but am drawn to the high quality parts of the PrimaLuna, dual mono design, AC noise killer, and remote control. Thanks.
Hiendmuse, My Mystere took a dump when the transformer burned up.
I found a Modwright SWL 9.0 at a local dealer and haven't looked back. The Modwright, in my opinion, delivers more then Mystere. Soundstage is wider and more populated. Micro and Macro detail are more pronounced and bass is tight and tuneful. The Prima Luna would be a lateral move, but if you still want tubes, check out Modwright.
I assume you didn't know both brands are made in the same factory's.
Audio madness has it's grips on you. Be careful. Actually Mick's advice is spot on.
You seem happy with your gear but just want a new toy. Yeah, like we ALL haven't had that itch.
Look into sources, cables, stereo subs, etc.. see if there is any room for improvement there.
On the face of it, it looks like you're setting yourself up for a substancial move sideways. The only way you'll ever know the answer to your question would be to bring the Dialogue in for an audition and compare. I certainly wouldn't part with any money without an audition.
You have Audiophilla Nervosa. The cure is to be satisfied with what you own.
Maybe the PrimaLuna is better, maybe it isn't. Either you audition the PrimaLuna and prefer it, or you stick with the excellent Mystere. This is not rocket science.
But, seriously ask yourself why you are considering a change. Both manufacturers have similar philosophies, similar build quality, even similar price points.
One is liked by Stereophile reviewers and loved by Absolute Sound reviewers, and one is liked by Absolute Sound reviewers and loved by Stereophile reviewers. How different do you expect them to be?
If it's about the gear and not the music, you will never be satisfied, which is a bigger problem.
They are sister brands, designed by the same guy, so yes, the two companies do have similar philosophies because in many ways they are one company.
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