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post #211 of 221

It looks like they both have output impedance of 0.18 ohms so no difference there, equally acceptable for everything from low to high impedance headphones.

post #212 of 221

hi guys. I am going to purchase the Phonitor Mini next week for my HD600, any advises? :)

The only thing I am not happy with the Mini is that there seems no balanced output...that makes me wonder why it has balanced input...

anyone could explain this? What is the advantages to have a balanced input whilt not balanced output?

post #213 of 221

SPL is primarily a studio company, professional equipment mostly uses symmetric XLR connectors for various reasons. I still don't know whether the Phonitor 2 has a balanced circuit design or not, so the outputs might be pointless anyway.

post #214 of 221
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Originally Posted by plakat View Post
 

SPL is primarily a studio company, professional equipment mostly uses symmetric XLR connectors for various reasons. I still don't know whether the Phonitor 2 has a balanced circuit design or not, so the outputs might be pointless anyway.

thank you Plakat!

Do u mean there is acturally no difference between the two inputs? 

For example, if my DAC has both balanced and unbalanced output, when connect to Mini/Pronitor 2, will there be different sound? 

I ask this because I am considering buy RCA or XLR cable, you know that the cables are... expensive.

post #215 of 221
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Originally Posted by notusramone View Post
 

thank you Plakat!

Do u mean there is acturally no difference between the two inputs? 

For example, if my DAC has both balanced and unbalanced output, when connect to Mini/Pronitor 2, will there be different sound? 

I ask this because I am considering buy RCA or XLR cable, you know that the cables are... expensive.


Once again: I can't swear on that, but so far I can't remember anyone saying that the Phonitor 2 does have a fully balanced design. I have to admit that I don't consider that too important anyway... the Phonitor 2 I own is a very capable amp, its little brother should be as well as it shares the core parts 1:1 as far as I know.

 

I still prefer XLR balanced cables (with myself coming from pro audio) as its the more robust connection (electronically as well as physically). But do not spend a fortune on cables... that won't get you anywhere. Stay within sane limits, get a cable of good quality (as can be had at professional equipment stores like Thomann in Europe) and you'll be well served. Absolute no need to spend more than 50-60,- on a pair.

post #216 of 221

got it! Then I will choose freely from XLR and RCA. Acturally I found that I may buy XLR for the DAC, and leave RCA for my CD Player...

thank you again.

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Once again: I can't swear on that, but so far I can't remember anyone saying that the Phonitor 2 does have a fully balanced design. I have to admit that I don't consider that too important anyway... the Phonitor 2 I own is a very capable amp, its little brother should be as well as it shares the core parts 1:1 as far as I know.

 

I still prefer XLR balanced cables (with myself coming from pro audio) as its the more robust connection (electronically as well as physically). But do not spend a fortune on cables... that won't get you anywhere. Stay within sane limits, get a cable of good quality (as can be had at professional equipment stores like Thomann in Europe) and you'll be well served. Absolute no need to spend more than 50-60,- on a pair.

Got it! Then I will choose freely from XLR and RCA. Acturally I found that I may buy XLR for the DAC, and leave RCA for my CD Player...

thank you again.

But acturally I will do a A/B test to see if there is any difference between XLR and RCA connection from a same source.

post #217 of 221
You're welcome.
Compare to your hearts content, but don't let any differences in gain between RCA and XLR deceive you, i .e. The two variants may have differences in volume that might be problematic for a comparison. Norm levels are quite different as well, RCA uses 0dB, XLR comes at +4dB.
post #218 of 221
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You're welcome.
Compare to your hearts content, but don't let any differences in gain between RCA and XLR deceive you, i .e. The two variants may have differences in volume that might be problematic for a comparison. Norm levels are quite different as well, RCA uses 0dB, XLR comes at +4dB.

nice!

I ordered the Mini yesterday, now it should be on the way home :)

post #219 of 221
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Originally Posted by notusramone View Post
 

nice!

I ordered the Mini yesterday, now it should be on the way home :)


I think you won't be disappointed. As I took away from my talks with one of SPLs founders the essential parts in the signal path are the same with both Phonitor 2 and Mini, the price difference comes from features they left out. The right way to go in my opinion...

Let us hear your impressions when it arrives.

 

Btw.: they put an extra LED into the headphone jack to indicate mute state (not just red around the volume control, but in the headphone jack as well). Nice touch...

post #220 of 221
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

I preordered the Mini.  Should be out my May/June
Hello hifiguy,

have you been able to compare the mini and the phonitor2?

Thanks in advance for your feedback
post #221 of 221
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nice!

I ordered the Mini yesterday, now it should be on the way home :)


So, what do you think? :p

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