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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
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.
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|
|DAC||Two ESS Sabre ES9026PRO 32-bit Hyperstream® II DACs|
|Surround Sound Decoding||Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding|
|Advanced Processing||Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X processing|
|Room Calibration||Dirac Live® advanced speaker calibration system|
|HDMI Connections||HDMI 2.0b: 4 in, 2 out (with HDCP 2.2 technology, ARC, and HDR compatibility)|
|Digital Audio Inputs||2 Toslink optical, 1 coaxial|
|Analog Audio Inputs||5 pairs of stereo RCA or a 7.1-channel preamp input option|
|Audio Outputs||Outputs for 9 speakers, 3.2-channel RCA preamp outputs|
|USB Ports||Rear-panel Type-A and Type-B USB input|
|Network Connections||2 Ethernet ports|
|Wireless Connectivity||Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||16-15/16″ x 5-5/8″ x 16-9/16″|
|Additional Features||Prisma network player technology, 4K HDR switching, Dirac Live EQ, Prisma remote control|
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.
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.