PROFESSIONAL FIDELITY

Phonitor xe

Our nonplusultra headphone amplifier.

Phonitor Matrix, Volume remote control, VU meter in retro look,  premium DA converter and the preeminent VOLTAiR technology make the Phonitor xe the best headphone amplifier of our time.

For all headphones

The Phonitor xe offers connections for a standard headphone with a stereo jack plug and for balanced-driven headphones using a  4-pol XLR jack.

Thanks to the enormous output power, all headphones are driven effortlessly.

Twice as nice

If you like to avoid the headphone cable hanging off the front you may want to use the connectors on the back of the Phonitor xe.

The switch on the front selects between the front (F) and rear (R) outputs.

“With the Phonitor xe, SPL delivers the ultimate device for all headphone enthusiasts, who value neutrality, preciseness and control, combined with great musicality.”

Dr. Martin Mertens
EAR IN

Milled from solid

is the big 45mm Volume control. Its mass together with the  motorized Alps RK27 “Big Blue” potentiometer enhances the “spoon in the honey” feeling even further.

The red marker LED makes the setting visible even in darkened environments.

Volume RC

The volume can be remote controlled with any infrared remote control, that the Phonitor xe simply learns.

To do this, press the IR programming button and then the buttons for louder and quieter.

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Learning made easy

Using Phonitor x as an example, this video explains how you can use any infrared remote control to remotely control the volume.

“The fineness and transparency with which the music is depicted is just awesome – what a richness of detail!”

Volker Frech
Lite Magazin

Source of joy

Up to six (6 !) stereo sources can be connected to Phonitor xe:

XLR, RCA, USB, Coax, Optical and AES/EBU

Phonitor xe accepts almost all audio connections. Balanced via XLR or unbalanced via RCA connectors.

With the optional DAC, four additional digital sources can be added. From USB to the professional AES format, no wishes remain unfulfilled.

The DAC768

The highly acclaimed AKM AK4490 Velvet Sound™ premium DAC chip is used as the converter chip in the optional digital-to-analogue converter, which thanks to its new architecture reproduces the finest sound details.

It converts PCM audio with a resolution of 32 bits and a sampling rate of up to 768kHz, which is equivalent to 16 times CD resolution. Direct Stream Digital is also supported up to a resolution of DSD4 or DSD256.

The DLP120

The analog output of the DAC chip must be filtered by a low pass filter. Phonitor xe has two of them: One for PCM audio and one for DSD audio, since different roll-off frequencies are required.

And in contrast to all other DACs in the world, the low pass filters here are built using VOLTAiR technology, which provides a plus in dynamics and headroom.

“How does the device sound?
Let’s erase all doubts right away:
it sounds fantastic!”

Jürgen Saile
HiFi Statement

Good ol' times

Two mechanical VU meters visualize the input levels for the left and right audio channel.

With the VU switch you can optimize the display for different signal levels.

Finding the middle

is not always easy. By our very nature, hearing can be leaning more to the left or more to the right. This is especially obvious when listening with headphones.

That’s why Phonitor xe has the uniquely finely resolved laterality control. With it, the center can be found perfectly.

With the mode switch you can choose between stereo or mono playback. To the right, the laterality control is switched on.

On to the meat of the review though,
how does the Phonitor xe itself actually sound?
To be honest, it’s spectacular.”

Grover Neville
Inner Fidelity

The Revolution

in the headphone amplifier is the Phonitor Matrix, thanks to which you can listen to music through headphones as if you were listening through speakers. The tiring super stereo effect is a thing of the past.

Enjoy your music exactly the way it should be heard. 

Conventional

Phonitor Matrix

Correct

The Phonitor Matrix Parameters

Crossfeed

Level and frequency adjustment of the right (red) and left (green) audio channel at maximum crossfeed.

Angle

Settings for the speaker placement angle to determine the interaural time difference.

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Everything you need to know about the Phonitor Matrix
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Everything you need to hear about the Phonitor Matrix

“One way or another, the purchaser of a Phonitor xe receives a reliable high-end solution, which not only drives every kind of headphone on the market without any effort, but also convinces through useful and rare extras like the, in my opinion, still unrivaled crossfeed circuit.”

Benjamin Baum
Fair Audio

The VOLTAiR Technology

What exactly is that?

And what does it do?

Good questions need good answers. And that’s what the 120V video gives you.

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VOLTAiR is that good

In the lab, we pitted Phonitor xe against the best audio measurement system and found that Audio Precision could not measure VOLTAiR technology.
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This video guides you step by step through Phonitor xe.
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And in this video we introduce you to the entire Professional Fidelity Series.​

Reviews

AudioReputation
Innerfidelity
The Headphoneer
Litemagazin
Hifistatement
fairaudio

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Replacement of defective fuses for 115V
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Replacement of defective fuses for 230V
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Changing the mains voltage from 115V to 230V
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Changing the mains voltage from 230V to 115V

Specifications

Analog inputs: XLR (balanced) and RCA

Input gain (max)
32.5 dBu
Input impedance (RCA)
20
Input impedance (XLR)
20
Common mode rejection (XLR)
82 dB

Digital Inputs: DAC768 (optional)

AES/EBU (XLR), PCM sample rates
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Coaxial SPDIF (RCA), PCM sample rates
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Optical SPDIF (Toslink F06), PCM sample rates
44.1/48/88.2/96/with Glass fibre <1m: 176.4/192 kHz
USB (B), PCM sample rates
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384/705.6/768 kHz
USB (B), DSD over PCM (DoP), sample rates
2.8 (DSD64), 5.6 (DSD128), 11.2 (DSD256) MHz
0 dBFS calibrated to
15 dBu

Balanced Headphones Output: 4-pol XLR (balanced)

Pin wiring
1 = L (+), 2 = L (-), 3 = R (+), 4 = R (-)
Source impedance
0.36 Ω
Damping factor (40 Ω)
180
Frequency range (-3 dB)
10 Hz – 300 kHz
Crosstalk (1 kHz)
-90 dBu
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 0 dBu)
0.00082 %
Noise (A-weighted)
-98 dBu
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 600 Ω)
2 x 8 W
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 300 Ω)
2 x 3.5 W
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 32 Ω)
2 x 0.7 W
Dynamic range
130.5 dB

Standard Headphones Output: 6.35 mm (1/4") TRS Jack

Pin wiring
Tip = Left, Ring = Right, Sleeve = GND
Source impedance
0.18 Ω
Damping factor (40 Ω)
180
Frequency range (-3 dB)
10 Hz – 300 kHz
Crosstalk (1 kHz)
-90 dB
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 0 dBu)
0.00082 %
Noise (A-weighted)
-103 dBu
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 600 Ω)
2 x 2.7 W
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 300 Ω)
2 x 5 W
Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 32 Ω)
2 x 1 W
Dynamic range
135.5 dB

Internal Linear Power Supply with Shielded Toroidal Transformer

Operating voltage for analog audio
+/- 60 V
Operating voltage for relays and LEDs
+ 12 V
Operating voltage for optional DAC768
+7 V, +3.3 V

Mains Power Supply

Mains voltage (selectable, see fuse chamber)
230 V AC / 50; 115 V AC / 60 Hz
Fuse for 230 V
T 500 mA
Fuse for 115 V
T 1 A
Power consumption
max. 40 VA
Stand-by power consumption
< 0,3 W

Dimensions & Weight

W x H x D (width x height incl. feet x depth)
278 x 100 x 330 mm
11 x 4 x 13 inch
Unit weight
5.1 kg
11.24 lbs
Shipping weight (incl. packaging)
6.25 kg
13.78 lbs

Reference: 0 dBu = 0,775V. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Slimmer is smarter

The Drivers

Mac OS & iOS

No driver installation required for Mac or iOS devices (class compliant).

iOS devices must be connected using the Apple camera adapter.

Windows

To operate with a higher than the standard sample rate this driver installation is required.

 

Windows 7/8/8.1/10 up to 2004/VB
(32/64 bit)

Legacy Driver

Windows 7/8/8.1/10 up to 1909
(32/64 bit)

Events

Due to Covid19 there are no events scheduled at this time.

What does it actually mean …

In Stock!

The product is in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany, and will be shipped the same or next working day.

We process the orders after receipt of the order and update the stock in the online shop regularly. If the product is no longer available at short notice due to high order volume, you naturally have the right to withdraw from the purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Available soon!

The product is not in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany. Usually it will be available again within 5 working days.

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with the details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Of course you have the right to withdraw from your purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

Product Condition

A-Stock

Brand-new product from the current product portfolio.

B-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and full warranty.
Only slight to no signs of use.

C-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and legal warranty.
In some cases clear signs of use, which are documented in photos.

NOS

"New Old Stock"
After discontinuation of a product still available new products with full warranty.

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