SPL Phonitor Mini

Headphone Amplifier / Monitor Controller

  • 120 V technology
  • Headphone output impedance: 0.18 Ohm
  • Matrix switch for crossfeed, angle and center functions
  • Mode switch for mute
  • Stereo and mono
  • Frequency range: 10 Hz - 300 kHz (-3 dB)
  • Dynamic range: 133.62 dB
  • Input switch XLR/RCA
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 144 x 44 x 257 mm
  • Weight: 4.3 kg

Further information

Number of stereo channels 1
Output Level Adjustment Per Channel No
Amount Of Inputs 1
Rack format No

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Ale, 18.02.2015
superior crafted, very cool options for ordinary working is not need big brother, this mini is totaly ok. tested in studio and very authentic sound, my mixes are better, some studio people didnt believe that i mixed on headphones
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A new sound experience

kronos, 13.12.2017
The lack of short-circuit resistance of this device has kept me from buying for a long time. Now that I only listen to music through headphones, the unique matrix circuitry has made me want to buy. The following is a 4-part short test: (a) test conditions, (b) comparison headphone amplifier Palmer HDA 02 with SPL Phonitor mini (matrix "Off"), (c) initial experience with the SPL matrix, (d) conclusion.

A..Testbedingungen
(1) Source: Solid state recorder Tascam SS-R250N (which receives its word clock from a RME ADI-2), connected via digital coax to a monitor controller TC-Electronic BMC-2 with its very high quality DAC.
(2) Signal path from (a) the BMC-2's XLR monitor outputs (this allows you to set a fixed reference level, ie the volume control is out of service) via (b) an analog parametric equalizer Elysia "xfilter" to the (c) headphone amplifier; symmetrical connections.
(3) Headphones: AKG K 812 (open) and AKG K 872 (closed), both low impedance.
(4) Features of the two headphone amplifiers: (a) Palmer HDA 02: matching transformer for different headphone impedances, (b) SPL Phonitor mini: low internal resistance output stages, (c) the amplifiers have almost the same input sensitivity: for me, volume controls usually between 9 and 12 o'clock, (d) both amplifiers do not produce humming or noise when the volume control is turned up completely!
(5) Test music: (a) harpsichord music, since I myself own a harpsichord, (b) soprano solo, since one is sensitive to impurities of the human voice.

B .. Comparison Palmer - SPL (Matrix "Off")
(1) An objective test for two different headphone amplifiers A and B requires: (a) meticulous leveling at the same level, (b) a switching device that switches not only between A and B but also switches from A to A and B permitted on B, (c) blind test (therefore also comparison AA and BB, so that the switching crack is no indication for switching to the other device).
(2) I am not aware of a comparison test that meets these requirements. The results of open tests are always to be distrusted because they - as has already proven tests of speaker cables - in the subsequent blind test collapse.
(3) I also lack the required switching device, therefore only time-delayed comparison possible.
(4) I memorized extremely sensitive test tunes down to the smallest details in advance and then listened to them in turn via the two headphone amplifiers. Nevertheless, I could not detect a difference in sound between the Palmer and the SPL (Matrix "Off") (the auditory memory can store very fine nuances only for seconds).

C .. First experiences with the SPL Matrix
(1) The AKG K 812 and K 872 headphones reproduce the sound phenomena immensely spatially without any in-head localization. For solo instruments and voices, however, the illustration of the AKGs is sometimes too far-reaching.
(2) The SPL matrix reduces the virtual speaker angle - for headphones this is theoretically 180 degrees.
(a) First attempt: Crossfeed Med, Angle 30 degrees, center -0.6 dB - AKG K 812. With harpsichord music, the effect of this setting is immediately audible. The harpsichord is depicted in its natural size plastically in the room.
(b) Second attempt: Crossfeed High, Angle 22 Degrees, Center Off - AKG K 872. A soprano voice that sounds too reverberant suddenly becomes clear and present. (This was one of the last recordings where I preferred an electrostatic headset with a pronounced in-head location.) I can now sell the electrostatics.)

Conclusion: The SPL matrix creates a new sound experience. You alone would already be worth 650 ¤. With the Phonitor mini you get a headphone amplifier for free. You can get used to the prescribed grips to avoid a short circuit.
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