SPL PHONITOR X & E

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by gbeast, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Hrodulf

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    Yeah, use XLR and check how hot the signal can be for the Phonitor.
     
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    I recommend you bypass the RME's digital volume control altogether by setting the volume at 0.0dB. Autoref can be left ON, it shouldn't impact the signal level at this volume setting.
     
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    sorry for quoting the old post.... didn't you say you grabbed one of these? did you ever post impressions?
     
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    Yes I did. My utterly ridiculous chain is:
    PC -> Schiit Wyrd -> (usb RME Babyface -> optical output) -> Prism Lyra -> SPL Phonitor 2 (matrix on) -> dual Benchmark AHB2.

    As preamps go, it is the best I've heard (or not heard, as the case may be). I really enjoy the crossfeed matrix and most of the time forget that I even have it on. It's one of those things that takes a while for your ear to adjust to, and it's less apparent when turning on, but then you flip the switch to turn it off and you realize just how unnatural headphone listening is on some recordings. I've tried a few other hardware and software crossfeeds but this one is my favourite so far (next closest would have been an old Meier Corda amp).

    Right now since it's summertime and my room gets hot, I actually have my amps turned off and am running my HE-6 directly from the Phonitor 2. It's not loud by any means, but for gentle afternoon listening it's good enough.

    Other than idle curiosities for new toys, I have zero urge to upgrade anything in my chain.
     

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