Primare SPA25 Prisma Review

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I recently had the privilege of unboxing and setting up the SPA25 Prisma from the revered Swedish brand Primare. Embodying the essence of the term “Lagom” – which translates to “just right” in Swedish, it promises the ideal balance between too little and too much.

From my initial impressions to my time immersed in its sonic capabilities, here’s a detailed breakdown of my experience with this home cinema-integrated amplifier.

Lagom Philosophy in Action

Striking the Perfect Balance

Primare SPA25 Prisma

My journey with the SPA25 Prisma began with appreciating its aesthetic and functional design. I felt an instant connection as a cinephile and audiophile composed of carefully considered choices.

Primare has always championed the principle of balance, and this device epitomizes it. Instead of cramming it with features, it provides precisely what’s needed for an unparalleled audiovisual experience.

Not Just Another Receiver

Redefining the Home Cinema Experience

What struck me was its distinction from the sea of other AV receivers. SPA25 Prisma is identified as a home cinema-integrated amplifier and processor. In a world where amplifiers often try to do too much, the SPA25 Prisma focuses on delivering unmatched sound quality for movies and music, emphasizing its intent for hi-fi-ready experiences.

Connectivity Galore

Every Connection You Could Wish For

During setup, I was thrilled with the multitude of connectivity options. Integrating my projector screens, CD players, and floor-standing speakers was a breeze.

The built-in Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple Airplay feature catered to all my streaming needs. Not to mention, its Prisma network player capabilities elevated my home cinema experience to cinematic heights.

Powerful Performance: Beyond Numbers

Quality Over Sheer Loudness

One thing’s for sure: the SPA25 Prisma does not compromise on power. Boasting eight channels, it’s versatile enough to handle a range of configurations. Its adaptive power supply provides optimal output for each channel, making every sound byte crystal clear.

The balance between the left and right channels was pristine, and it effortlessly handled surround sound setups, making it perfect for immersive audio experiences.

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The Magic of Dirac Live® Room Calibration

Personalized Sonic Perfection

I was initially skeptical about the Dirac Live room correction system, but any doubts were soon dispelled. Regardless of the acoustics of my listening space, this feature tweaked and adjusted audio delivery for optimal listening. It was as if a pro audio expert was at my service, ensuring every soundtrack and song played to its fullest potential.

Feature-Rich and Spec-Driven: A Deep Dive

Intricacies that Enhance Experience

SPA25 Prisma is more than just a pretty face. It offers Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.0b, and more. But what stood out was its resolution audio player platform and the Roon Ready feature, turning it into a full-fledged music player.

The wireless speaker compatibility, powered subwoofer connectivity, and digital input options reveal its intent to be a comprehensive home theater receiver.

Power (All Channels Driven)90 watts per channel into 8 and 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
Power (2 Channels Driven)145 watts into 8 ohms, 250 watts into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
DACTwo ESS Sabre ES9026PRO 32-bit Hyperstream® II DACs
Surround Sound DecodingDolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
Advanced ProcessingDolby Atmos® and DTS:X processing
Room CalibrationDirac Live® advanced speaker calibration system
HDMI ConnectionsHDMI 2.0b: 4 in, 2 out (with HDCP 2.2 technology, ARC, and HDR compatibility)
Digital Audio Inputs2 Toslink optical, 1 coaxial
Analog Audio Inputs5 pairs of stereo RCA or a 7.1-channel preamp input option
Audio OutputsOutputs for 9 speakers, 3.2-channel RCA preamp outputs
USB PortsRear-panel Type-A and Type-B USB input
Network Connections2 Ethernet ports
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in
Dimensions (W x H x D)16-15/16″ x 5-5/8″ x 16-9/16″
Weight26.45 lbs.
Additional FeaturesPrisma network player technology, 4K HDR switching, Dirac Live EQ, Prisma remote control
Warranty3 years

For the Audiophile: Real-World Implications

Crafting a Personal Symphony

For an audiophile, sound isn’t just about volume; it’s an experience. With the SPA25 Prisma, I felt enveloped in soundscapes that felt alive. It seamlessly synchronizes with devices via the Prisma application, controlling it joyfully. A remote control that responded flawlessly added to the ease of use.

Final Verdict: Is It the Crown Jewel of Home Audio?

In the evolving world of hi-fi news and the bustling community of cinephiles and audiophiles, the SPA25 Prisma stands tall. With features like Chromecast built-in, multichannel amplifier functionalities, and the promise of unparalleled sound quality, it delivers on its claims.

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Its amplifier and processor, designed with precision, alongside functionalities like Apple Airplay and HDMI 2.0b, make it an enticing proposition for those seeking a home audio upgrade.


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About Richard

Richard has always been immersed in the realm of creativity. Not only has he mastered various musical instruments and delved into the composition of cinematic pieces that evoke profound emotions, but he also boasts a rich background as an audio engineer with over 15 years experience. Before establishing ColorViewfinder, Richard lent his expertise to multinational corporations, assisting them in their audio endeavors. Although he may not claim to be an expert in every artistic domain, his commitment to continuous learning and innovation remains unwavering. An audiophile at heart, Richard relishes the opportunity to experiment with the latest audio technology, from home theater receivers and hi-fi systems to soundbars and earphones. His dedication is to sound and maintain an unbiased stance, always prioritizing the audience's experience.