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If anyone is selling a black auditor, I am looking for one. 

post #572 of 678
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

If anyone is selling a black auditor, I am looking for one. 

 

http://www.spl-usa.com has a promo right now.  I believe you can get a brand new one delivered in the US for $760.  Promo ends end of March.

 

I just got one from a Canadian distributor and am burning it in right now......

 

Windows 7 Netbook running Foobar ==> V-Link 192 ==> Straightwire Coax ==> Audio-gd Reference 5.32 ==> Audio-gd XLR ==> Auditor ==> Beyerdynamic T1


Edited by PeterCraig - 3/2/13 at 6:25pm
post #573 of 678

Hi,

 

Well you laid it all out quite well. Some XLR plugs like that bridge the shield and ground together which result in lower volume. This is due to shorting. I use the Hosa brand and they work well. Another thought is building your own and leaving the shield solder pad alone. This should leave the volume.

 

As for OPA's, they don't do anything as the ones installed in the Auditor are for DC. They aren't in the audio signal path. So changing them can be bad if you use the wrong OPA.

 

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Originally Posted by rezolver View Post

Z__X, that has me curious.  Ended up purchasing a pair of Neutrik Balanced to female RCA adapters.  With those plugged into the XLR output jacks and not connected to anything on the RCA end, my amp will play at a lower volume.  When the right side adapter is removed, the right side will play louder.  Same goes for the left side.

 

I am confused more than anything.

 

The Stefan POT mod would be one I'd bite on for greater smoothness and tactile feel with the possible benefit of better tracking (stock is already good).  The rest of the mods seem frivolous to me.  Always interested in impressions though.

post #574 of 678

Thank you for the excellent explanation Z__X.

post #575 of 678
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post

Hi,

 

Well you laid it all out quite well. Some XLR plugs like that bridge the shield and ground together which result in lower volume. This is due to shorting. I use the Hosa brand and they work well. Another thought is building your own and leaving the shield solder pad alone. This should leave the volume.

 

As for OPA's, they don't do anything as the ones installed in the Auditor are for DC. They aren't in the audio signal path. So changing them can be bad if you use the wrong OPA.

 


Yes. Thanks for chiming in on the OPAs. Rather than mod the Phonitor, I may supplement my rig with the new GSX. I need a preamp anyway.

post #576 of 678

Hi Guys,

 

After much deliberating and thought I have decided to sell my Black Phonitor. In fact I think I will be selling my headphones too. I just don't use them any more after setting up my speaker system.

 

If any one in Australia (For Now) is interested shoot me a PM and we can try and work something out.

 

I'll put up an ad in the for sale forum.

 

Cheers

post #577 of 678

Hi,

 

GSX good, Auditor mod bad. Honestly the mod is pretty much bull for the Auditor, but I don't know for the Phonitor. Are the OPA's removable (not the DC ones)? I use my ROC as a pre-amp and it works very well though the output is low.

 

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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

Yes. Thanks for chiming in on the OPAs. Rather than mod the Phonitor, I may supplement my rig with the new GSX. I need a preamp anyway.


Edited by Zombie_X - 3/6/13 at 6:44pm
post #578 of 678
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post

Hi,

 

GSX good, Auditor mod bad. Honestly the mod is pretty much bull for the Auditor, but I don't know for the Phonitor. Are the OPA's removable (not the DC ones)? I use my ROC as a pre-amp and it works very well though the output is low.

 

 

Have you tried the Burson Audio HD Opamps on the Auditor?

post #579 of 678

Has anyone ended up using a resistor in line with the headphone out on this unit to match a lower impedance headphone with this amplifier? 

post #580 of 678

Hi,

 

I tried them and they did nothing to the sound.

 

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Originally Posted by Acix View Post

Have you tried the Burson Audio HD Opamps on the Auditor?

post #581 of 678
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post

Hi,

 

I tried them and they did nothing to the sound.

 

Just kind of makes you go hmmmm... looking at the website that sing the praises of mod that will cost a good premium (and increase their bottom line) but has the same effect on sound as changing the VU needles or vu bulbs (or so it seems for what you all and SPL reps have said). I have contacted some members that  have all those mods and they swear by them, but knowing a bit about human psychology, and having communications with SPL reps, I tend to believe you skeptics. Sorry if that offends anyone, but some of the mods to the phonitor out there appear to be unnecessary at best. I think that needs to be said before people waste their money -- I almost did. Thank you all for your input!


Edited by Cante Ista - 3/7/13 at 7:26pm
post #582 of 678
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

Just kind of makes you go hmmmm... looking at the website that sing the praises of mod that will cost a good premium (and increase their bottom line) but has the same effect on sound as changing the VU needles or vu bulbs (or so it seems for what you all and SPL reps have said). I have contacted some members that  have all those mods and they swear by them, but knowing a bit about human psychology, and having communications with SPL reps, I tend to believe you skeptics. Sorry if that offends anyone, but some of the mods to the phonitor out there appear to be unnecessary at best. I think that needs to be said before people waste their money -- I almost did. Thank you all for your input!


I will also reinforce what Zombie said, the mods are absolutely unnecessary. Luckily, the stock SPL sound is fantastic right from the start.

post #583 of 678
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Has anyone ended up using a resistor in line with the headphone out on this unit to match a lower impedance headphone with this amplifier? 

 

@ 35 ohm the Phonitor sounds great, but I didn't try below that. With the Phonitor you have the -20 DIM function.

 

post #584 of 678
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Originally Posted by Acix View Post

 

@ 35 ohm the Phonitor sounds great, but I didn't try below that. With the Phonitor you have the -20 DIM function.

 

 

 

Awesome. I was leaning towards getting an auditor and tossing a resistor in an adapter. Maybe this will push me towards the Phonitor. Would be handy to have a switch. I still can't decide between this, a S.E.X or a Mjolnir...

post #585 of 678
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

Awesome. I was leaning towards getting an auditor and tossing a resistor in an adapter. Maybe this will push me towards the Phonitor. Would be handy to have a switch. I still can't decide between this, a S.E.X or a Mjolnir...

 

The SPL's trademark '120V' technology smooth the sounds in a way that you'll hear from high end tubes, and this is why some claim that the sound of Phonitor remind them a high end tubes. BTW, I was impressed with the Bottlehead amps.

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