The SVS Prime Pinnacle is another pair of outstanding floor-standing speakers made by SVS the subwoofer specialist. We are expecting a high level of bass performance from these speakers and in order for them to really shine, they should only be partnered with the best amps. But the question is, with so many amazing amps out on the market which ones are the best to go for?
To find the right matching amps for SVS Prime Pinnacle, we will first need to learn more about these floor-standers. By understanding what are the speakers’ limitations, how well they could perform and the sound quality they produce will greatly help us to find the best amps to match with the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers. So without further ado, let’s start.
Sonic Characteristics and Strengths of SVS Prime Pinnacle
The SVS Prime Pinnacle is a tall and slender floor-standing speaker with a deep speaker cabinet. These floor-standers look sleek and modern which will look nice in most listening rooms given there is enough space for them to breathe. Taking off the speaker grille, you will notice that the Prime Pinnacles mean serious business. There is a total of three 6.5″ (165mm) woofer units, with a 5.25″ (135mm) midrange drive right above it and at the very top of these drivers, will be the 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter. If you look at the back of the speaker cabinet, you will find 3 rear-firing bass ports. This means we need to be cautious when positioning the speakers in a listening room and it is also why you will need ample space between the speakers and walls.
Placing the SVS Prime Pinnacle too near to the walls may result in the bass output becoming overbearing and upsetting the tonal balance. This is after all a loudspeaker that is capable of delivering down to 29Hz and could reach up to 25kHz. We are expecting a generous amount of bass output from these SVS floor-standers. The nominal impedance is 8 Ohms and it has a speaker sensitivity of 88dB which is good so far. The recommended amplifier power has quite a range as it starts from 20W all the way to 300W, this does indicate that the SVS Prime Pinnacle might need a high-powered amp.
We were pleasantly surprised at how musical sounding the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers are, the musicians and instruments are well-organized. The stereo imaging is accurate and has good separation where the sonic imagery is been portrayed on a large spacious soundstage with precision. The musical presence can be felt and it fills the listening room with ease. The bass delivered is taut and has the agility to not overstay its welcome. This also provides a full-bodied music presentation with a hint of warmth and when driven at high volume, the highs are still smooth and are not fatiguing.
Is not as bright sounding as the previous models which are great and the bass performance of the SVS Prime Pinnacle is more refined as well. The impact and scale of the deep bass reproduction are still prominent, able to land a satisfying body-pounding punch. When it comes to bass reproduction, the SVS Prime Pinnacle is self-sufficient but adding a high-quality subwoofer might help to open up the speaker. This would help improve the overall clarity and improve the midbass performance of the Prime Pinnacle while the subwoofer can focus on delivering the subterranean low ends.
The music presentation delivered by the SVS Prime Pinnacle floor-standing speakers is powerful, clean, and full-bodied. No matter how loud we drove them, the speakers do not sound harsh or overly bright. The soundstage remains composed too. At this price point, we have nothing to complain about, the SVS Prime Pinnacle is an excellent pair of loudspeakers that will perform well in both music and home theater environments. It is an entertaining performer and is enjoyable to listen to. We have gathered the necessary data and we can now share with you a list of the best amps that you can choose to pair with your SVS Prime Pinnacle loudspeakers.
SVS Prime Pinnacle Specifications
- Speaker Type: 3-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Ports)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter, 5.25″ (135mm) midrange driver, 3x 6.5″ (165mm) woofers
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 29Hz-25kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-300W
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 1029mm x 203mm x 340mm | 40.5″ x 8″ x 13.4″
- Weight: 25.9kg (57.1lbs)
Best Amps to match with SVS Prime Pinnacle
For listeners who prefer a lively music presentation then the Rega Elicit-R will be an exemplary choice to partner with the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers. The Elicit-R has impeccable timing allowing the amp to confidently pace through the music and delivers an engaging presentation of your favorite tunes. The handling and control of the music flow are superb as well which complements the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers really well. The highly detailed sound reproduction of the Rega Elicit-R suits the Prime Pinnacle too and the sonic nature of the speakers does help to ease the hard edges a little.
The Rotel RA-1592 is a powerful integrated amplifier to pair with your SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers and could easily drive these speakers with its power output of 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms with all channels driven. It also comes with a built-in high-quality D/A converter AKM premium 32-bit/768kHz and Bluetooth connectivity with aptX for high-resolution music streaming. The dark and warm sonic characteristics of the Rotel integrated amplifier provide a more relaxed and laid-back music presentation, allowing you to listen to them for hours on end without feeling fatigued. Furthermore, it is a sanely priced amp.
If you have a tight budget, the Yamaha A-S801 will be a terrific choice to go for. The transparency of this Yamaha integrated amp is amazing, capable of digging out plenty of subtle details and produce them in spades. The deep bass reproduction of the Yamaha A-S801 is a good match with the SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers. The midbass prowess of the floor-standers also helps to deliver a more full-bodied music presentation when paired with the A-S801. The percussion instruments were pretty alive and have realistic rendering with punchy performances. The vocals sounded natural with intricate details and distinctions.
The Cambridge Audio Azur 851A has a knack for engaging its listeners and hooking them right into the music. It has a power of up to 200 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms, more than enough to drive your SVS Prime Pinnacle floor-standers. The stereo imaging and sound staging are superb as well, able to vividly reproduce the live performance with subtle musical details. The stereo separation is excellent and with precision too, allowing us to listen to a beautiful music presentation. The SVS Prime Pinnacle bass performance helps to provide a bit more punch to the already engaging music delivery of the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A integrated amp.
When it comes to high power output, the Peachtree Audio Nova300 is one of the finest in its price range. It can go up to 450 Watts per channel (4 Ohms), and make the SVS Prime Pinnacle sing. The ample power of the Nova300 enables the Prime Pinnacle speakers to deliver bass frequencies cleanly without feeling strained. The musicality of this amplifier is also a suitable match with these SVS floor-standers, delivering to you exceptional sonic performance and warm-sounding characteristics. The music presentation is smooth and clear, thanks to the Peachtree Audio Nova300 low noise background.
If you are looking for high-quality Class D amps which are modestly priced, we would suggest checking out Wyred 4 Sound. The Wyred 4 Sound mAMP is a compact-sized Mono-block amplifier that provides you with plenty of power and has the musicality to fluidly drive your SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers. The THX Ultra2 certified Parasound NewClassic 2250 v.2 stereo power amp is extremely powerful and uses Class AB amplifier technology. It can handle dramatic dynamic swings and music peaks with ease. Parasound also has a higher-end series named Halo, and you can start with the A 23+ stereo power amp which has a power output of up to 210 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms (both channels driven).
To Sum It Up
These are some of the best amps which you can go for and we will suggest shortlisting them based on your budget or requirements. Once you have shortlisted the amps that you are interested in, it will be wise to arrange an audition with them so as to hear them out and see which amp’s sonic performance you like the most when partnered with your SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers. You can also do a side-by-side comparison as this may be easier to differentiate the sound quality of each amp. Do use the songs that you are very familiar with during the amplifier auditions.