SVS has announced a new compact streaming amplifier called the Prime Wireless Pro Soundbase, which borrows the 24bit/192kHz DAC and streaming smarts from the similarly-named Prime Wireless Pro active loudspeakers (that we covered in full back in August). The Soundbase is for those who like the idea of that Ethernet/wi-fi loudspeaker’s feature set but want to bring their own passive loudspeakers to the SVS party.
That means, aptX/AAC Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast: each useful for sidestepping the unit’s DTS Play-Fi input, for which SVS is touting the inclusion of a more advanced chipset. As we reported last month, Play-Fi is now gapless in one of its two playback modes but the app’s UX remains clunky.
Hard-wired connectivity options on the Soundbase’s back panel include analogue RCA, analogue 3.5mm, TOSLINK and HDMI eARC for two-way communication with a compatible TV. On outputs, we get a subwoofer output on the back panel and 3.5mm headphone socket on the front. Meanwhile, the infra-red remote control’s six preset buttons – which mirror those found on the Soundbase’s front panel – give us one-click access to our favourite streaming playlists.
Over on its website, SVS rates the Soundbase’s Class D amplifier stage as capable of delivering 300wpc into 4 Ohms its Class D but, at the time of writing, the industry standard 8 Ohm rating is MIA.
The SVS Prime Wireless Pro Soundbase is available now and selling for US$699.
Further information: SVS