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post #121 of 221

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.

post #122 of 221
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Should work quite well as a preamp,

How much "well" compared to a traditional preamp?

post #123 of 221

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.

post #124 of 221
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How much "well" compared to a traditional preamp?

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.. 

post #125 of 221

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.

post #126 of 221

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 :wink_face:.

 

Anyway, I've checked its dimensions, and it will fit nicely under my 27" iMac.

post #127 of 221

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.

post #128 of 221
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That mostly depends on your sources:

Only DACs, only XLR (now I have a Bryston preamp).

post #129 of 221

sounds great, but kinda expensive for me...

post #130 of 221
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Only DACs, only XLR (now I have a Bryston preamp).

 

Good fit then. Enjoy!

 

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sounds great, but kinda expensive for me...

 

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).

post #131 of 221

If I didn't need an output selector for use as a preamp, I'd probably go for the Mini.

post #132 of 221

Mini rear:

post #133 of 221

Yes, 2 inputs (switchable on the front), but no preamp-out...

post #134 of 221
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Yes, 2 inputs (switchable on the front), but no preamp-out...
Would something like this suffice as a work-around for a "pre-amp" using the phonitor mini? Coming from your source that is...

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...

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LS3/
Edited by stillcd - 4/21/14 at 1:06pm
post #135 of 221
Yes, that could work, provided that your source can drive your monitors (i.e. Its output is powerful enough).
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