Anthem PVA 8
8-channel power amplifier
Our take on the Anthem PVA 8 by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Power more zones, or more speakers
Many people set up multi-zone audio systems in order to have background music in other rooms or maybe out on the patio. And for systems like that, the typical low-powered distribution amplifiers work fine. But if you demand clean, clear sound, and the ability to turn it up loud if necessary, you need a power amplifier designed and built with audiophiles in mind, like the 8-channel Anthem PVA 8.
Sound quality, value, and flexibility
The PVA 8 is designed to deliver high-fidelity stereo sound in up to four audio zones. It's part of Anthem's value-priced Performance Series. Power is conservatively rated at 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and 120 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. If your receiver has multi-room audio capability with preamp outputs, you can easily connect the PVA 8 and use it to drive stereo pairs of speakers in up to four rooms.
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.
- 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 120 watts per channel into 4 ohms for compatibility with even difficult-to-drive speakers
- Class AB design uses 4 high-current bipolar output transistors per channel for lower 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
- four sets of stereo unbalanced RCA inputs (Zone 1/Zone 2/Zone 3/Zone 4)
- eight pairs of 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 16-3/8"D
- weight: 47.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 8-Channel power amplifier
- AC power cord
- Operating Manual
Features and Specs
|Number of Channels||8|
|Power Output per Channel (8 ohms)||90|
|Power Output per Channel (6 ohms)||---|
|Power Output per Channel (4 ohms)||120|
|Bridged Power per Channel||0 watts|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Number of Inputs||4|
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.
8-Channel Power Amplifier: The Anthem PVA 8 power amplifier is designed to deliver incredible detail and dynamic sound from today's music and movie soundtracks. The PVA 8 amplifier is the perfect solution for distributed audio in up to 4 zones.
- 8Ω: 90 watts x 8 channel (continuous RMS, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, <1.0% THD)
- 4Ω: 120 watts x 8 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.
4 Stereo RCA Inputs: The Anthem PVA 8 power amplifier is fitted with four stereo RCA inputs (Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, and Zone 4) for connecting an external AV preamplifier (sold separately).
Bind Post Speaker Terminals: The Anthem PVA 8 amplifier features eight pair of heavy-duty, binding post speaker terminals (Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, and Zone 4) for connecting a total 4 pair of speakers. Use 4, 6, or 8-ohm speakers.
Trigger Input/Output: The Anthem PVA 8 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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