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post #136 of 196
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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.

 

 

 

How do you compare the P2 to the Meier Classic with T1's? With the matrix turned off and with all the goodies turned on? I wonder since I'm currently trying to decide between the Phonitor Mini and the Classic.

post #137 of 196

Due to the many options thats not easy to compare... plus I don't know how much could realistically be transferred to the Mini. I'm currently on vacation, so I have neither at hand: please take any comments with the necessary grain of salt. And keep in mind that for a valid comparison it would be necessary to get the exact same output volume setting, which I'm missing appropriate equipment for.

 

I normally use the Classic with max crossfeed and medium correction (i.e. a little toned down upper mids/treble) as I find it a little hard in the upper mids otherwise. As far as I remember thats not the case without crossfeed, that effect is also described in the manual.

 

On the Phonitor I seldom use the matrix settings with the T1, but like them with the T90. It also depends on the kind of music I'm listening to at a given moment: electronics gain nothing I'm otherwise missing while classical, especially larg orchestral works, do win.

 

The crossfeed by itself is quite subtle on both, while the spatial settings on the Phonitor are very easy to notice and do what they are intended to do: narrow down the soundstage and move it in front of you (i.e. not 180° through your head).

 

What stroke me most when listening to the Phonitor for the first time was its enormous level of detail that effortlessly floats around your head, not trying to impress or being in the foreground but suddenly so obvious to notice. Its dynamics are simply stunning.

 

The Classic gives the T1 a bit of a fuller bass (that may of course have something to do with the slight emphasis I activated as said above). Its unassuming, does not try to impress, delivers music with detail and still in a very relaxing way. What I don't like is that changing volume produces distortion (due to the implementation using relais to get exactly balanced settings for both channels). Its of course only noticable when moving the volume poti.

 

Hope that helps a bit. Unfortunately the date for the Mini is not yet fixed... as fas as I know current target is end of May.

post #138 of 196

Does the Phonitor 2 get very hot when operating for long periods?

post #139 of 196

No, not hot but it gets slightly warm, i.e. you will know it was switched on. The A8 gets quite a bit warmer in the same time.

post #140 of 196
I recently joined the party with the Phonitor 2. All in all a really terrific amp. I've paired mine with a Sony XA5400ES SACD Player, using the XLR outputs on the player into the Phonitor 2, all feeding an AKG K 812 kor my HD800. Both sound superb and make one hell of a rig. So far I prefer using the Phonitor 2 as a straight headphone amp, without the cross feed function.
post #141 of 196

Congratulations!

I'm contemplating the K812 myself, its reassuring to hear that they pair well with the Phonitor.

post #142 of 196
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Congratulations!
I'm contemplating the K812 myself, its reassuring to hear that they pair well with the Phonitor.

You may be interested in the Phonitor 2 review in Audio 360 web site. He listened to both, and loved it. Also Steve Guttenburg at CNET did a nice review on his blog, The Audiophiliac. Worth checking out if your interested in the K812.
post #143 of 196

Thanks, I'll have a look at these. I think I read the Audio360 review at some time, but don't remember them mentioning the pairing with the K812.

post #144 of 196
Only about a paragraph. They will be posting a K812 review in the near future.
post #145 of 196

What are the main sound / tonal differences between Phonitor MK1 and MK2? If any, of course...

 

THX

post #146 of 196
I have never heard the 1st model, so everything is new to me.
post #147 of 196

I did, and, if there any, you better be off by buying MK1, much cheaper these days. Its hard to imagine that they changed a lot, regarding sound, but strange enough, nobody pointed anything like that so far.

 

THX

post #148 of 196

The existence of the version 2 does not make the Phonitor a bad amp of course. The main differences are obviously incremental, i.e. refinements to their 120V rail technology that now offers even better measurements. The importance of other changes depends on your use case: the newer version supports a wider range of headphones (both single-ended and symmetric) and impedances, offers more inputs and preamp-output functionality: while on the older model the XLR-out was simply 1:1 with the input, the new models output goes via amp, matrix and volume control.

post #149 of 196

Thanks for your reply, but what about sound differences? That one can do something that another cant, ok, fine, but, I just like to know how different, for example AKG K812, will sound when used through both.

 

 

 

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The existence of the version 2 does not make the Phonitor a bad amp of course. The main differences are obviously incremental, i.e. refinements to their 120V rail technology that now offers even better measurements. The importance of other changes depends on your use case: the newer version supports a wider range of headphones (both single-ended and symmetric) and impedances, offers more inputs and preamp-output functionality: while on the older model the XLR-out was simply 1:1 with the input, the new models output goes via amp, matrix and volume control.

post #150 of 196
Has anyone tried using the balanced headphone out option on the back? I'm curious if there are any gains over the standard 1/4" jack on the front...
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