Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor - Dreamedia AV
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Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor

Advanced 11-channel home cinema amplification
$5,299.00
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Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier Processor

Unveiling the Future of Home Cinema Sound: The Primare SP25 Prisma

In the realm of home theater, the pursuit of the perfect audio experience can be as thrilling as the movies and music we love. Enter the Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier, a marvel that captures the essence of this quest. It's not just a device; it's the maestro of your home cinema orchestra, ensuring every note, effect, and whisper is heard in immaculate clarity and depth.

The Heart of Your Home Theater

Imagine a device that doesn't just play sound, but weaves an auditory tapestry tailored to your environment. That's what the SP25 Prisma offers with its advanced audio processing technologies. It supports:

  • Dolby Atmos: For a three-dimensional sound experience that envelops you.
  • DTS:X: Offering an immersive, object-based audio codec that places sound where it would naturally occur in space.
  • 11 Channels: Expansive capability to power a full speaker array for a true cinematic soundstage.

Precision Sound Tailored to Your Space

Every room has its own acoustic character, and the SP25 Prisma respects that uniqueness with Dirac Live Room Correction. This sophisticated technology measures the acoustics of your space and adapts the audio output to compensate for any anomalies, ensuring pristine sound no matter where you're seated.

An Ecosystem of Streaming and Multiroom Capabilities

In today's interconnected world, a preamplifier must be a nexus for all your devices and services. The Prisma network player at the heart of the SP25 seamlessly integrates:

  • AirPlay 2: For effortless streaming from Apple devices.
  • Bluetooth: Universal connectivity for all your wireless needs.
  • Chromecast Built-in: Stream your favorite content with Google's versatile platform.
  • Roon Ready: An upcoming update promises integration with this audiophile-grade music management system.
  • Spotify Connect: High-fidelity streaming for all your playlists and podcasts.

Connect With Confidence

Connectivity is the backbone of any home theater system, and the SP25 Prisma is well-endowed with ports and interfaces:

  • 4 x HDMI 2.0b Inputs: Future-proof your setup with high-bandwidth digital audio and video support.
  • 2 HDMI Outputs: Including eARC for the highest-quality audio return from your TV and an auxiliary for another display.
  • Dual ESS 9026PRO DACs: Each channel is treated to high-end digital-to-analog conversion, ensuring impeccable sound quality.

Customize Your Audio Experience

Your tastes are unique, and the SP25 Prisma honors this with extensive customization options:

  • 17 Input Presets: Tailor each input source exactly to your liking.
  • 5 Speaker Setup Presets: Experiment with different speaker configurations and save your favorites.

Physical Presence

Designed to impress, the SP25 Prisma is both a centerpiece and a work of art:

  • Dimensions: A commanding presence at 430 x 405 x 145 mm, yet fits comfortably in standard AV racks.
  • Weight: A substantial 10 Kg, indicative of the quality materials and components housed within.
  • Finishes: Choose between Black or Titanium to match your decor or components.

Power and Precision Amplification

The SP25 Prisma's amplification isn't just powerful; it's smart:

  • Bi-Amping Capability: Drive your speakers with dedicated amplification for better control and fidelity.
  • Hypex UCD250LP Power Technology: Renowned for efficiency and audio purity, ensuring your speakers are powered without compromise.

A Symphony of Visual and Audio Harmony

The SP25 Prisma doesn't just stop at audio. It embraces video technologies to match:

  • 4K Dynamic HDR Switching: Your movies look as good as they sound, with support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10+.

Pros

The Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier is designed to be the beating heart of your home entertainment system. Here are the key benefits:

  • Advanced audio processing for an immersive cinema experience.
  • Dirac Live Room Correction for optimized audio performance.
  • Access to a plethora of music streaming services with the Prisma network player.
  • High-quality digital-to-analog conversion with dual DAC chips.
  • Comprehensive streaming and multi-room capabilities.
  • Support for advanced video technologies for a complete sensory experience.

The Dreamedia Promise

At Dreamedia, we understand that choosing the right preamplifier is about more than just specs—it's about the promise of unforgettable moments and experiences. With the Primare SP25 Prisma, you're not just purchasing a piece of equipment; you're investing in a future filled with the richness of sound and the joy of connection.

Our team is dedicated to helping you design the home theater system of your dreams, with the SP25 Prisma as its cornerstone. We're here to guide you every step of the way, from selection to setup, to ensure that your home cinema experience is as seamless as it is spectacular.

Your Next Step

As you stand on the precipice of audio perfection, the Primare SP25 Prisma beckons. It's a choice that speaks to the connoisseur, the enthusiast, and the dreamer in all of us. Embrace the future of sound with the Primare SP25 Prisma and let Dreamedia turn your home theater vision into a reality.

Our Review

Introduction

The Primare SP25 Prisma Home Cinema Preamplifier stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to high-fidelity audio and cutting-edge technology. In the realm of home theater setups, the quality of a preamplifier can make or break the immersive experience. This particular model promises to be at the heart of a sophisticated audio system, delivering pristine sound and a bevy of features for the enthusiast.

Design and Build Quality

With an elegantly understated design, the Primare SP25 Prisma is available in both Black and Titanium finishes, catering to diverse aesthetic preferences. The build quality is robust, indicative of the brand's reputation for durable and meticulously crafted audio components. Measuring 430 x 405 x 145 mm and weighing in at 10 Kg, it strikes a balance between heft and manageability, fitting seamlessly into a range of home theater environments. The practicality of its design extends to its user interface, which is intuitive despite the complexity underneath.

Core Features and Technologies

The 11-channel configuration of the SP25 Prisma positions it as a powerhouse capable of handling elaborate speaker setups. At its heart, the dual eight-channel DAC chips promise exceptional audio fidelity by converting digital audio into a smoother, more analog-like signal with minimal loss of quality. The inclusion of Hypex UCD250LP power technology ensures reliable amplification, delivering 145 watts into 8-ohms and a robust 250 watts into 4-ohm speaker loads when in stereo mode, catering to demanding speakers and listening levels.

Audio Performance

The SP25 Prisma's support for advanced audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS X is a nod to its home cinema credentials, allowing for a truly three-dimensional sound space. Dirac Live Room Correction technology is a standout feature, adapting the audio output to the unique acoustics of the listening room for optimal performance. Whether it's a subtle dialogue or the roar of an explosion, the power delivery is cleanly executed, ensuring a compelling audio experience across various speaker configurations.

Video Support and Processing

Video technology does not take a backseat in this preamplifier. It accommodates 4K dynamic HDR switching, Dolby Vision, and HDR 10+, ensuring that the visual experience matches the auditory one. HDMI 2.0b inputs with eARC support are included, allowing for high-quality audio return channels and ensuring compatibility with the latest 4K content sources.

Streaming and Connectivity

The Prisma network player is a central hub for music enthusiasts, offering access to popular streaming services such as Prisma Radio, TIDAL, and Qobuz. The SP25 Prisma goes beyond simple playback with comprehensive streaming features, including AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Roon, and Spotify Connect, supporting HiFi-ready streaming. Its multi-room and multi-zone capabilities mean that this preamplifier can become the heart of an interconnected audio ecosystem throughout the home.

User Experience

The interface and remote control of the SP25 Prisma are designed with the user in mind, providing a seamless interaction with the device's extensive features. The setup process is straightforward, allowing users to integrate the preamplifier into their existing home theater systems with minimal fuss. However, those new to advanced preamplifiers may face a learning curve as they acquaint themselves with the rich suite of features and customization options.

Pros and Cons

The Primare SP25 Prisma excels in delivering an immersive home cinema experience, backed by advanced audio processing technologies and Dirac Live Room Correction. The dual DAC chips ensure high-quality sound, and the Prisma network player's streaming capabilities are a boon to music lovers. However, the limited output options, particularly the lack of pre-outs for the fronts and the desire for more subwoofer outputs in its price range, may deter some users. Additionally, uncertainties about the Dirac version and specifics of ARC implementation may require clarification for discerning buyers.

Comparisons with Competitors

When placed alongside its competitors, the Primare SP25 Prisma stands out for its robust feature set and audio processing capabilities. Its price point demands comparison with other high-end preamplifiers, where it holds its own, especially in terms of room correction technology and streaming integration. However, potential buyers should consider the balance of features, connectivity options, and price when making their decision.

Final Thoughts

The SP25 Prisma is a compelling proposition for the home theater enthusiast seeking a blend of high-quality audio, versatile streaming options, and advanced room correction. It is best suited for users who value audio quality and are looking to build a comprehensive, connected home entertainment system. While it has its limitations in terms of connectivity, for those who can leverage its strengths, the Primare SP25 Prisma is a worthy centerpiece to a modern, immersive home cinema experience.

Specifications

Audio Processing

  • Number Of Channels: 11
  • Immersive Audio Formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS
  • Room Correction Technology: Dirac Live

Connectivity

  • Network Player: Prisma
  • Streaming Services: Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal HiFi
  • Roon Ready: Yes
  • AirPlay: AirPlay2
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Chromecast: Yes
  • Ethernet Ports: 2
  • WiFi: Yes
  • USB Ports: USB A, USB B