Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › SPL PHONITOR 2 NEW HEADPHONE AMP
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

SPL PHONITOR 2 NEW HEADPHONE AMP - Page 8

post #106 of 196

Thanks for the link. Actually I've been to Musikmesse and had a look at both the Phonitor 2 and the Mini there, but did not take any photos.

 

Meanwhile I came around to play with the Matrix section of the Phonitor 2. Of course it depends on the source material but the effect itself is well done: the performance moves out of your head and in front of you with a much more realistic positioning, narrowed down from 180° panorama to something speaker-like. Crossfeed alone is more sublime and often hard to notice.

 

What still surprises me most is the enormous level of details, without putting up a show, i.e. they are just there and easy to spot, but not in-your-face trying to impress you.

post #107 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Esprit View Post
 

Phonitor Mini (first rear views): http://www.midifan.com/modulenews-detailview-16588.htm

 Thanks, that answers my question regarding the XLR outs :smile_phones:

post #108 of 196

No outs. No balanced headphones.

post #109 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Esprit View Post
 

No outs. No balanced headphones.

 

:(

Reply
post #110 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by plakat View Post
 

It sure is. Plus it really kicks... I did not expect that, but both my T1 and my TH900 show some seriously better deep bass, as if the drivers are now being fed what they need. Hard to describe, the bass is by now way bloated or elevated, just... better. Not limited. And very detailed. As is the rest of the spectrum, details all over the place, without sounding overly excited... There are reasons why I love professional audio equipment.

 

I used the HP-A8 DAC section, my TH900 is normally driven by the A8, the T1 runs on Meier Audio Daccord+Classic.

 

The sound on P2 is quite incredible.  

Reply
post #111 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post
:(

Buy the Phonitor 2 :wink_face:

post #112 of 196

Would be interesting to know whether the circuit design is actually different in the Mini... On the other hand I'm not sure the Phonitor 2 has 4 output amps, i.e. is actually a symmetric design.

 

Just today I've heard that the Mini should be ready within 8 weeks...

 

Plus one more thing: the Phonitor 2 (though not the Mini as far as I know) will gain a digital input (USB if I'm not mistaken), loosing one of its XLR inputs (one of them seems to be built as some kind of slot in, but that looks almost the same on the Mini... so maybe...). No date on that though...

post #113 of 196

No new news about Phonitor?

post #114 of 196
Got my Phonitor 2 last week. Sounds great with AKG K812 and Beyer Dt 880s and works great as a preamp to the Benchmark DAC2 HGC for connecting headphones and powered speakers (mackie hr824s in my case)
Cannot help but think that this whole matrix thing is not much more than clever marketing - difference is really subtle unless stepping down the Angle knob a lot which gives you more of a mono effect if somebody thinks that is cool. Just my personal reflection though. I keep it turned off smily_headphones1.gif

Too much of a geargeek to return it and the DAC2 despite my fantastic Apogee Duet2 being really close in sound quality at much more affordable price + better mobility, when matching with the K812s.
Edited by MickeS - 4/14/14 at 7:59am
post #115 of 196

Hey All 

 

Just FYI 

 

Im selling my Auditor atm. Would consider offers. http://www.head-fi.org/t/714003/spl-auditor-for-sale-excellent-condition

post #116 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by MickeS View Post

Got my Phonitor 2 last week. Sounds great with AKG K812


Thats nice to hear. I'm looking forward to try out that combination.

 

Cannot help but think that this whole matrix thing is not much more than clever marketing - difference is really subtle unless stepping down the Angle knob a lot which gives you more of a mono effect if somebody thinks that is cool. Just my personal reflection though. I keep it turned off

I don't think so. Yes, the effect is subtle -- thats how it should be: its not for putting up a show but for facilitating mastering by headphone instead of by near field monitors in a studio. First and foremost this is studio equipment ;-)

The effect is not equally noticeable with all tracks, try a few different recordings / genres and start out with the values recommended in the manual. If you don't get any value out of this keep it switched off -- the amp itself is in my opinion one of the most detailed and dynamic implementations available. You might also consider switching to the Mini as it becomes available...

post #117 of 196
Quote:
Originally Posted by MickeS View Post

Got my Phonitor 2 last week. Sounds great with AKG K812 and Beyer Dt 880s and works great as a preamp to the Benchmark DAC2 HGC for connecting headphones and powered speakers (mackie hr824s in my case)
Cannot help but think that this whole matrix thing is not much more than clever marketing - difference is really subtle unless stepping down the Angle knob a lot which gives you more of a mono effect if somebody thinks that is cool. Just my personal reflection though. I keep it turned off smily_headphones1.gif

Too much of a geargeek to return it and the DAC2 despite my fantastic Apogee Duet2 being really close in sound quality at much more affordable price + better mobility, when matching with the K812s.

 

I have the Duet 2 as well.  I think the Phonitor 2 controls the bass better.

Reply
post #118 of 196

Does anybody know if any special consideration is required for impedance matching when connecting the P2 directly to a power amp?

post #119 of 196

Connecting the XLR outputs to a power amp or powered speakers with balanced or unbalanced input (using appropriate adapters) is no problem -- thats what they are intended for.

post #120 of 196

Glad to hear that. I'm looking for a headphone amp that can also double as a preamplifier for my home office. This just may be the ticket.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › SPL PHONITOR 2 NEW HEADPHONE AMP