Anthem PVA 5
5-channel power amplifier
Our take on the Anthem PVA 5 by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Five channels of clean, dynamic power
If your home theater system isn't delivering the clarity and impact you're looking for, your A/V receiver may be the culprit. Don't get me wrong — receivers have become remarkable jack-of-all-trades performers. But few can stand toe-to-toe with a high-quality power amplifier like the Anthem PVA 5 when it comes to creating and maintaining a sense of sonic realism.
The PVA 5's rock-solid power and vanishingly low levels of noise and distortion mean than you can play your movies and music loud, but comfortably, without fatiguing harshness. Anthem's high-current design keeps a tight grip on your speakers' drivers, delivering wider dynamics and deep, solid bass.
The PVA 5 is part of Anthem's value-priced Performance Series. Its rated power is 105 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and 140 watts into 4 ohms. Whenever you see an amplifier with higher output into 4 ohms than 8 ohms, it's usually a good sign. It means the amp has a robust regulated power supply. The ability to drive 4-ohm speakers is a nice benefit because these days there are lots of high-performance 4-ohm speakers that many typical A/V receivers would struggle to drive. Actually, if your receiver has multichannel preamp outputs, you can easily connect the PVA 5 and use it to drive your main and surround channels.
Anthem's proprietary and patented circuit designs follow the company's "Keep-It-Simple" principle, using the fewest number of parts in the signal path to maintain sonic integrity. In addition to its high instantaneous power output, the PVA 5 has the finesse to handle the wide-ranging challenges of movie special effects and demanding musical passages.
Made in Canada, respected around the world
For more than two decades, Anthem has been making award-winning high-performance audio/video equipment for music and home theater. Anthem power amplifiers are designed, engineered, and built in Canada.
- 105 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 140 watts per channel into 4 ohms for compatibility with even difficult-to-drive speakers
- Class AB design with 4 high-current bipolar output transistors per channel for low distortion
- custom low-noise, high-power toroidal transformer for stable, noise-free operation
- Advanced Load Monitoring™ technology monitors internal temperature, current, and voltage to ensure safe, uninterrupted operation
- 3-way on/off operation: manual, triggered, or signal-sensing auto on/off
- unbalanced RCA inputs for all five channels
- binding post terminals accept bare wire, banana plugs, and spade lugs
- 3.5mm trigger in/out jacks allow the amplifier to be turned on or off remotely
- detachable power cord
- designed, engineered, and manufactured in Canada
- total harmonic distortion: 0.03%
- signal-to-noise ratio: 122 dB
- 17-1/4"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-1/4"D
- weight: 36.3 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 5-Channel power amplifier
- AC power cord
- Operating Manual
Features and Specs
|Number of Channels||5|
|Power Output per Channel (8 ohms)||105|
|Power Output per Channel (6 ohms)||---|
|Power Output per Channel (4 ohms)||140|
|Bridged Power per Channel||0 watts|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Number of Inputs||5|
PVA Series Amplifier: All Anthem PVA series amplifiers are designed to perform flawlessly; offering stunning musicality, tonal neutrality, and incredible dynamics while driving almost any speaker load reliably under real-world conditions. The power supply is conservatively rated and the amplifiers run cool for greater reliability.
High-Quality Construction: PVA amps are designed and built in Canada using the finest quality parts and materials. From military-spec (FR-4-rated) epoxy circuit boards to multiple high-current bipolar-output transistors; from oversized, computer designed heatsinks to Anthem's own custom-designed robust binding posts, the build quality of these amps rank among the finest in the world.
5-Channel Power Amplifier: The Anthem PVA 5 power amplifier is designed to deliver incredible detail and dynamic sound from today's music and movie soundtracks. The PVA 5 amplifier is the perfect solution for a 5-channel home theater application.
- 8Ω: 105 watts x 5 channel (continuous RMS, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, <1.0% THD)
- 4Ω: 140 watts x 5 channel (continuous RMS, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, <1.0% THD)
Superior Power Supply: The sonic purity of the PVA amplifier design is the result of Anthem's intensive research and development in high-end design. Superior high-end sound begins with a superior power supply. This amplifiers use custom-built, low-noise, high-power toroidal transformers and advanced power supply regulators with high-quality, low-ESL/low-ESR filter capacitors and huge storage capacity.
"Keep-It-Simple" Circuitry: The amplifier's proprietary and patented circuit design follows Anthem's "Keep-It- Simple" principle, using the fewest number of parts in the signal path to maintain the integrity of sound. The PVA series amplifier provides the finesse and instantaneous output power to effortlessly reproduce the challenging variety of special effects in movies and demanding musical passages.
Advanced Load Monitoring (ALM): PVA Series amplifiers feature Anthem's ALM circuitry which protects sensitive output devices by constantly monitoring temperature, current, and voltage to ensure optimum long-term performance. ALM is totally non-invasive; it is not in the signal path and only engages in the most extreme circumstances to protect the amplifier from damage by maintaining the safe operating area of the output devices.
122dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio: Whether it's the subtle (or not-so-subtle) special effects in a movie, or the tonal subtleties produced by the strings of a single violin, the PVA amplifier will capture it all. Ultra-low distortion and a truly incredible signal-to-noise ratio place the PVA series of amplifiers among the cleanest and quietest on the market.
Five RCA Inputs: The Anthem PVA 5 power amplifier is fitted with five RCA inputs (Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left, & Surround Right) for connecting an external AV preamplifier/processor (sold separately).
Bind Post Speaker Terminals: The Anthem PVA 5 amplifier features five pair of heavy-duty, binding post speaker terminals (Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left, & Surround Right) for connecting a total of five speakers. Use 4, 6, or 8-ohm speakers.
Trigger Input/Output: The Anthem PVA 5 is equipped with a 12V trigger input (3.5mm) and 12V trigger output (3.5m) to synchronize power on/off with other components that also feature 12V trigger inputs and outputs.
3-Way On/Off: The PVA series amplifier can be powered on or off in three ways - manually with the On/Off switch on the front-panel, remotely via the rear-panel 12-volt trigger input, or automatically with Anthem's patented Auto-On/Off circuit. Via the Auto-On/Off circuit, an incoming audio signal immediately switches it on; and approximately 20 minutes after the audio signal ends, it simply switches off.
LED Indicator: The front-panel LED is lit blue when the amplifier is turned on, red when in standby mode, and not on when the amplifier is removed from the AC power source.
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