The feature set of the Phonitor xe is streamlined for optimal headphone amplification. It represents the bigger brother of the Phonitor e with the looks of the flagship model Phonitor x.
Thanks to VOLTAiR technology it powers headphones operated both balanced and unbalanced playfully with up to 3.7 W. The Phonitor Matrix is identical to the matrix of the Phonitor x and delivers the most realistic playback on headphones. As almost all music was mixed for speaker playback, the Phonitor Matrix lets you experience music on headphones as being played back through speakers.
The Phonitor xe can be equipped with the Uber-DAC768 that converts PCM signals up to 768kHZ and 32 bits and DSD streams up to DSD4 (DSD512).
Available as of third quarter 2018.
- Phonitor xe
- Dual power amp for balanced headphones
- Headphone outputs on front and back
- Optimized Phonitor Matrix
- Remote Control
- Optional DAC768
For us it was only logical to develop optimized Hi-Fi versions for those who enjoy listening to music on headphones.
In contrast to the Phonitor x the Phonitor xe renounces the preamplifier and the laterality functions and unlike the Phonitor e it features the nice VU meters and the fully featured Phonitor Matrix.
Thus the Phonitor xe is the flagship amplifier for headphone enthusiasts.
This tightens the bass response and makes the overall playback even more relaxed and transparent. Both the standard and the 4-pin headphone outputs can be used simultaneously.
Permanently connected headphones can be put in the rear sockets so that the headphone cable does not get in the way and disturb the look.
A switch on the front allows to toggle between front and rear outputs. This also allows you to compare headphones without plugging and unplugging.
Unlike the professional version Phonitor 2, features like Center Level, Solo and Polarity are renounced in the Phonitor xe as they are only of use in music production.
This adjustment can be made in six steps ranging from “minimum” to “maximum”. Crossfeed interacts with the Angle value to simulate the width of a stereo image.
The time constants of the interaural time differences between the left and right channels occur within a range of 90 to 635 microseconds. As a starting value select the 30° position.
You can use the remote control of your CD player for instance. There are many buttons and there are at least two you don’t really need. Assign Volume Up and Volume Down to those buttons and let the Phonitor xe learn them. Please check the manual for more.
With that installed, the available inputs are expanded by USB, AES/EBU, coaxial and optical digital stereo inputs.
The DAC768 converts PCM sample rates up to 768 kHz with 32 bits and DSD streams up to DSD4 (DSD512). It syncs automatically to the sample rate of the selected digital input.
Compared to the DAC192 the DAC768 adds DSD playback and supports higher sample rates for PCM signals. The bit depth is increased from 24 bit to 32 bit for an unparalleled dynamic range. The Current -To-Voltage as well as the Lowpass-Filter are both built in a 120V-Voltair-Technology – just like it is done in the Director DAC & Preamplifier.