SPL Phonitor xe Headphone Amplifier with DAC768 (Silver)
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Phonitor xe Headphone
The Phonitor xe is the ultimate standalone device for
headphone enthusiasts who want the perfect solution without any compromises.
The Phonitor xe is the first Phonitor headphone amplifier which
can be equipped with the brand-new, DAC768.
This internal Uber-DAC qualifies the Phonitor xe to
convert with outstanding sonic performance.
An audio resolution of 32 bits and PCM sample rates up to 768kHz as well as DSD
– up to DSD256 – are the 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 120V-Voltair-Technology design.
Phonitor is a success story. Designed and developed for the
sound engineer to be able to mix on headphones Phonitor soon found a fan base
among Hi-Fi aficionados around the world as they realized that they can enjoy
‘their’ music on headphones the way it was intended – without the super-stereo
effect and with natural crosstalk.
For us it was only logical to develop optimized Hi-Fi
versions for those who enjoy listening to music on headphones.
In contrast to the Phonitor x the Phonitor xe renounces the
preamplifier and the laterality functions and unlike the Phonitor e it features
the nice VU meters and the fully featured Phonitor Matrix.
Thus the Phonitor xe is the flagship amplifier for headphone
Dual power amp for
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.
Headphone outputs on
front and back
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 and disturb the
A switch on the front allows to toggle between front and
rear outputs. This also allows you to compare headphones without plugging and
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 renounced 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
The time constants of the interaural time differences
between the left and right channels occur within a range of 90 to 635
microseconds. As a starting value select the 30° position.
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. There are many buttons and there are at least two you don’t really
need. Assign Volume Up and Volume Down to those buttons and let the Phonitor xe
learn them. Please check the manual for more.
The Phonitor xe can be equipped with the Uber-DAC768.
With that 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
bits 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 bit to 32 bit for an unparalleled dynamic range. The Current
-To-Voltage as well as the Lowpass-Filter are both built in a 120V-Voltair-Technology
– just like it is done in the Director DAC & Preamplifier.
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