SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase arrives at AudioStream

It was small and light. Too small and light I thought myself.

I wondered – ”Did they forget to pack the amplifier?”

But, I opened the diminutive cardboard shipping box and there it was: The SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase.

Weighing in at just 4.89 lbs unpacked it is the the most compact integrated amplifier and wireless digital hub combo I’ve ever had in for review – bested in weight by just 1.9 ounces courtesy of the even more pocket-sized Sonos Amp – of which comparisons were inevitable – but at $499 USD the Prime undercuts the Sonos by $300.

With a rated Class D output into four Ohms of 300 watts (150x2) it makes the Sonos’ 125 watts seem slim in comparison and it also boasts significantly more connectivity than the Amp with Bluetooth 4.0, AAC and aptX as well as dual-band wi-fi, ethernet, Toslink optical and a 3.5mm headphone output.

With a switch mode power supply and a detachable AC/mains cord, the Prime allows you to use your own aftermarket power cables, something the Sonos won’t allow because of it’s proprietary AC connection. Ditto for speaker cables with spades which are fine for the Prime, but you’re limited to just bananas for the Amp.

With the ability to connect to external speakers physically, I’ll be trying the Soundbase with my reference Harbeth 40.1s. A mismatch in price/performance, but through the 40.1s all will be revealed sonically. Besides, the 40.1s are rated to only need 50 watts, so this will be a test of that too.

I’ll be using the DTS Play-Fi application to stream TIDAL, software I’ve not had a chance to experience before.

Features

  • Plays music stored on network hard drives and computers (DLNA-compatible)
  • Supports Spotify Connect, Pandora, Deezer, Amazon Music Unlimited, TIDAL, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Napster, iHeartRadio, and thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • Play the same music in multiple zones simultaneously or individually select music for each zone
  • Plays MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV files; sampling rates up to 24-bit/192kHz (downsamples high-resolution PCM files to 16-bit/48kHz)
  • Critical Listening Mode allows streaming of high-res files up to 24-bit/192kHz in native resolution for a single zone at a time.

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COMMENTS
MacProCT's picture

This article states.... "...but at $499 USD the Prime undercuts the Sonos by $300..."

The SONOS Amp is $599. I may not be good at math, but I'm pretty sure that's only a hundred dollar differential.

Rafe Arnott's picture
I referenced the Canadian price by mistake.
MacProCT's picture

Ugh, that's an ugly markup on the SONOS Amp. Doesn't SVS charge a canadian markup too?

Rafe Arnott's picture
markup and more a reflection of the current exchange rate and the strength of the USD.
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