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SPL Audio Phonitor XE Headphone Amp Silver (Open Box)



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Product Details

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There is no DAC on this version! The DAC version can be found HERE

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phonitor Comparison

Phonitor xe Phonitor x Phonitor se Phonitor 2 Phonitor One Phonitor One d
Phonitor Matrix
Crossfeed 6 Values 6 Values 2 Values 6 Values Potentiometer Potentiometer
Speaker Angle 22° / 30° / 40° / 55° 22° / 30° / 40° / 55° 30° 15° / 22° / 30° / 40° / 55° / 75° 30° 30°
Center Level
Matrix on/off
Remote Control* Volume
Laterality Control Super fine Balance
Stereo/Mono Playback Modes
Solo L/R & Phase Monitoring functions
VU Meters
ø 36mm illuminated VUs
0dBVU Calibration (+4dBu) 0 / 6 / 12 dB 0 / 10 dB 0 / 6 / 12 dB
Headphone Outputs
Front & Rear Outputs
Additional Output Boost +22 dB +12 / +22 dB +12 dB +6 / +12 dB
1/4” Jack
1/4” Jack Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 600 Ω) 2 x 2.7 W 2 x 2.7 W 2 x 2.7 W 2 x 2.7 W 2 x 190 mW 2 x 190 mW
1/4” Jack Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 250 Ω) 2 x 5 W 2 x 5 W 2 x 5 W 2 x 5 W 2 x 330 mW 2 x 330 mW
1/4” Jack Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 32 Ω) 2 x 1 W 2 x 1 W 2 x 1 W 2 x 1 W 2 x 400 mW 2 x 400 mW
4-pin XLR (Balanced)
4-pin XLR Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 600 Ω) 2 x 8 W 2 x 8 W
4-pin XLR Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 250 Ω) 2 x 3.5 W 2 x 3.5 W
4-pin XLR Output power (1 kHz, 1 % THD, 32 Ω) 2 x 0.7 W 2 x 0.7 W
Line Outputs
XLR (Balanced)
1/4” Jack (Balanced)
RCA (Unbalanced)
Speaker Output Selector
Line Inputs
XLR (Balanced) ● (2x)
1/4” Jack (Balanced)
RCA (Unbalanced)
RCA -10dBV to 0dBu Boost
DA converter (optional)
Model DAC768 DAC768xs DAC768xs DAC768xs
DLP120 (dual low pass filter)
Bit/Max SR kHz 32/768 32/768 32/768 32/768
DSD (max) 256 (11.2MHz) 256 (11.2MHz) 256 (11.2MHz) 256 (11.2MHz)
Coaxial (RCA)
Optical (Toslink)
Housing WxHxD (incl. Feet) 278 x 100 x 300mm 278 x 100 x 300mm 278 x 57 x 300mm 278 x 100 x 300mm 210 x 49.6 x 220mm 210 x 49.6 x 220mm
11” x 4" x 11.81” 11” x 4" x 11.81” 11” x 2.24" x 11.81” 11” x 4" x 11.81” 8.23” x 1.95” x 8.66” 8.23” x 1.95” x 8.66”
Weight 5.1kg/11.24lbs 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs 3.1kg; 6.8 lbs 4.3kg; 9.5 lbs 1.2kg; 2,65 lbs 1.45kg; 3.2 lbs
*Units learn any IR remote. RC is not part of the scope of delivery.


Analog inputs: XLR (balanced) and RCA

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

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)
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)
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

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 300 mm

11 x 4 x 11,81 inch
Unit weight
4.9 kg

10.8 lbs
Shipping weight (incl. packaging)
5.6 kg

12.35 lbs

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

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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.


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

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