SPL Phonitor xe + DAC - Black
The SPL Phonitor xe is the ultimate standalone device for headphone enthusiasts who want the perfect solution without compromise.
The Phonitor xe is the first Phonitor headphone amplifier which can be equipped with the brand-new DAC768. This optional internal Uber-DAC qualifies the Phonitor xe to convert with outstanding sonic performance. While 32-bit audio resolution, PCM sample rates up to 768 kHz, as well as DSD up to DSD256 are impressive numbers, the analog side of the converter also is top-notch. Like in the Director DAC & Preamplifier the active Lowpass-Filter is built in a 120 V Voltair Technology design.
Dual Power Amp
Balanced headphones can be connected to the 4-pin XLR socket. The Phonitor xe has a built-in advanced dual power amp that drives headphones balanced with twice the power of the standard 1/4" jack. This tightens the bass response and makes the overall playback even more relaxed and transparent. Both the standard and the 4-pin headphone outputs can be used simultaneously.
The Phonitor xe features both balanced and standard headphone output sockets on the front and on the back. Permanently connected headphones can be put in the rear sockets so that the headphone cable does not get in the way. A switch on the front allows to toggle between front and rear outputs. This also allows you to compare headphones without plugging and unplugging.
Optimized Phonitor Matrix
The Phonitor Matrix is identical to the Phonitor x and purely designed for audio playback. Unlike the professional version Phonitor 2, features like Center Level, Solo and Polarity are not included in the Phonitor xe as they are only of use in music production.
The Crossfeed switch allows you to adjust the frequency-dependent crossfeed simulation of both channels by adjustments of interaural level difference – as if this characteristic would be heard from monitors when in their own room ambience. One can compare variations in crossfeed values as approximating the influence of different room sizes and characteristics on a given loudspeaker setup. This adjustment can be made in six steps ranging from “minimum” to “maximum”. Crossfeed interacts with the Angle value to simulate the width of a stereo image.
The Angle switch provides for frequency-dependent simulation of your stereo image width by adjustments of interaural time difference. This influences the moment in time at which a signal’s wave form arrives at the ear and corresponds to a particular variation in the angle of an actual loudspeaker pair. The time constants of the interaural time differences between the left and right channels occur within a range of 90 to 635 microseconds.
To control the Volume you can use any IR remote control. The cool part is that the Phonitor xe learns your remote! You can use the remote control of your CD player for instance. Assign Volume Up and Volume Down to any button and let the Phonitor xe learn them.
The Phonitor xe can be equipped with the Uber-DAC768. With this installed, the available inputs are expanded by USB, AES/EBU, coaxial and optical digital stereo inputs.
The DAC768 converts PCM sample rates up to 768 kHz with 32-bit sample rate, and DSD streams up to DSD256. It syncs automatically to the sample rate of the selected digital input. Compared to the DAC192 the DAC768 adds DSD playback and supports higher sample rates for PCM signals. The bit depth is increased from 24 to 32-bit for an unparalleled dynamic range. The Current -To-Voltage as well as the Lowpass-Filter are both built in a 120 V Voltair Technology – just like it is done in the Director DAC & Preamplifier.
|Input Connectors||Analog XLR, Optical, RCA|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR|
This is an amazing DAC! I've used it both with Roon on my PC and the Nucleus+. It has great resolution and is effortless in rendered every detail in the music. I'm not as impressed by the channel matrixing, but the quality of the build and sound makes up for it. Highly recommended!
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