Should work quite well as a preamp, given its three inputs (1+2 are XLR, you can of course use them with RCA to XLR adapters if needed). Plus the volume can be changed by (any) remote: the Phonitor is able to learn the signals of your existing IR remote.
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That mostly depends on your sources: if you have more than three or require a phono input you're out of luck. Same if you want to switch inputs or other settings besides volume via remote: only the volume can be controlled remotely.
The input sensitivity can be switched between professional and consumer level, so the only thing you need for normal analog sources is an adapter RCA->XLR male to use inputs 1&2, input 3 is RCA. Output is XLR male, so you might need another adapter to RCA if your power amp / powered speaker does not offer XLR inputs.
I only have two sources -- SACD and DAC -- so a typical preamp would be overkill. Besides, I'd prefer something that takes up less real estate on my desk than a typical stereo component. With the Phonitor 2, I could just toggle the output switch and not even need to remove the headphones from the jack..
The Phonitor is a good match for that situation and will provide a better headphone experience than most preamps. But its not small... it dwarfs the Fostex A8:
In the meantime they switched places and the A8 is now on top -- looks much better that way.
Yeah, that photo definitely shows off the P2's porkier side. In fact...it seems to be, um...how shall i say, having its way with the diminutive A8 .
Anyway, I've checked its dimensions, and it will fit nicely under my 27" iMac.
If you have enough place to fit it in thats fine: its a really nice amp, I love its detailed and engaging sound.
And yes: A8 on top of Phonitor looks much better ;-)
I shot that photo the day I got the Phonitor, just wanted to hook it up fast to try it out. Now the A8 is on top, working as a DAC to the Phonitors RCA input.
Good fit then. Enjoy!
The Mini mentioned several times might be an option, according to SPL it shares the main traits with the Phonitor 2, but uses a simpler matrix (i.e. less parameterized version of their near field monitor simulation) and has fewer inputs. And costs quite a bit less (€ ~700 vs. €1650).
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So basically you could switch the signal coming off your DAC to go to either the phonitor mini or to a set of powered monitors...
Edited by stillcd - 4/21/14 at 1:06pm