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List Price: $2,199.00
Our Price: $1,999.00
FEA Savings: $200.00

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Product Code: 9999-04541




SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System

SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System

SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System Details

With the SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System, SPL kept all of the loved and proven features of the original Phonitor while incorporating some new and major improvements "" as such, the new Phonitor 2 can be used as the ultimate monitor controller and preamp for three different sources. Likewise, they revised the 120-Volt technology in order for it to perform better, which resulted in SPL's measurement gear being outclassed. Even SPL's creative team got even more creative and came up with a fascinating name: "Phonitor 2." There's only one thing that remained unchanged: the price.

NEW in the Phonitor 2

  • Preamplifier/Monitor Controller functionality
  • Suited for all headphones and impedances
  • Volume remotely controllable


  • 120 Volt headphone amp and preamp/monitor controller
  • For all headphones with impedances >10 Ohms (>40 Ohms for balanced headphones)
  • Volume adjustment with any remote control
  • Maximum Output Power: 2 x 2W (1kHz/300 Ohm)
  • Frequency response: 4Hz - 480kHz (-3dB)
  • THD+N: HP 0.00091 %, Line output 0.00085%
  • Dynamic range: HP 133.62dB/Line 134.37dB

SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System Specifications

  • Inputs
    • XLR connectors, electronically balanced
    • Impedance: bal. ca. 20 kΩ, unbal. ca. 10 kΩ
    • Max. Input Level: +32,5 dBu
  • Outputs
    • Monitor/Line Outputs: XLR connectors, electronically balanced
    • Frequency Range: 4 Hz to 480 kHz ( -3 dB)
    • CMR: -82 dBu (at 1 kHz, 0dBu input level and unity gain)
    • Crosstalk at 1 kHz: -106 dB
    • THD&N: 0,00085 % (at 0dBu input level and unity gain, 1kHz, 100 kOhm load)
    • Noise: Unweighted -101,87 dB; A-weighted - 104,76 dB; CCIR: -96,1 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 134,37 dB
  • Headphone Output
    • 6,3-mm TRS connector
    • Pin wiring: Tip = Left, Ring = Right, Sleeve = GND
    • Impedance: 0,18 Ω
    • Attenuation Factor: 180 @ 40Ohm
    • Frequency Range: 10 Hz to "480 kHz ( -3 dB)
    • CMR: -106 dBu (at 1 kHz, 0dBu input level and unity gain)
    • Crosstalk at 1 kHz: -106 dB
    • THD&N: 0,00091 % (at 0dBu input level and unity gain, 1kHz, 100 kOhm load)
    • At 0dBu input level and unity gain
    • Noise: Unweighted -101,12 dBu; A-weighted - 103,98 dBu, CCIR -95,02 dBu
    • Dynamic Range: 133,62 dB
  • Power Amplifier
    • Max. Output Power:
      • 2 x 1W (+30 dBu) at 1 kHz and 600 Ω connected impedance
      • 2 x 2W (+30 dBu) at 1 kHz and 300 Ω connected impedance
  • Power Supply
    • Voltages: 230 V AC, 50 Hz / 120 V AC, 60 Hz
    • Power Consumption: max 23,7 VA
    • Fuses: 100-120 V AC: T 1 A/200-240 V AC: T 630 mA
  • Measurement & Weight
    • Height x Width x Depth (mm): 99 x 277 x 305
    • Weight: 4,3 kg

SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Monitoring Amplifier System Downloads

What We Think

"The SPL Phonitor 2 is a pretty incredible tool for monitoring, mixing, or just plain enjoying music - especially when you consider that everything that it does, it does without the aid of any kind of digital processing. Personally, headphone monitoring has always bothered me to a degree since it never correlates directly what you hear in the stereo sweet-spot with open air speakers; there is simply no natural crosstalk from the left monitor into the right ear, and so forth. However, I was really eager to see what the Phonitor could do to change my mind about using headphones when mixing.

"Setting it up with a CD player and some old favorites (everything from Debussy's 'Nocturnes' to Pink Floyd's 'The Final Cut' to Oliver Nelson's classic 'The Blues & The Abstract Truth', wrapping up with some Fela Kuti - Stalemate) I engaged the controls, halfway expecting to hear sweeping and over the top changes. This was not what I experienced. However, the more time I spent with it, making minute adjustments to the settings and really honing in on the changes, the purpose of the Phonitor became very clear - it is most certainly a professional's tool for adjusting the virtual listening environment. Basically, you begin by adjusting your speaker angle. I found that I typically hovered at about 30, 40, and 55 degree settings, eventually settling on 40-degrees (Your Mileage May Vary). Then engaging the Crosstalk feature helps you to adjust just how powerful the crosstalk feed is from side to side, but then the Center Level attenuator allows you to drop the increased center level to balance out the L-C-R spectrum. Also, the Phonitor really lets you do everything you can do with a proper professional monitor controller, such as monitoring in Mono (checking phase, for example) to isolating both the Left and Right signals discretely, and more if you consider that you can change polarity on either the L or R signals. Add to this a -20dB Dim switch as well as the ability to adjust the metering range and whether your metering is VU or PPM, and you have a very powerful monitoring device.

"The SPL Phonitor is really a fantastic option for the recording musician who has a home studio in an environment where a traditional monitoring setup would be impractical to employ most of the time; meaning anyone with a family or someone in an apartment, or whoever needs to work when everyone else is asleep. But it's also a valuable tool for those who prefer to work with cans. The effect is more pronounced with an open-back set of headphones - which really should only be used when mixing or simply listening due to the increased potential for bleed into a microphone if recording vocals. Obviously, the better the headphones you use, the more you'll enjoy the Phonitor. Again, the effect is sort of subtle. If you don't hear it, then you're not listening deep enough. And if you don't 'get it', then try to understand that refinement and subtlety can be very valuable things to someone aware of what they need. As just a straight headphone amp, I found that I was listening far longer than I was used to. There was simply less ear fatigue. Though you'll need to be careful. The "gee whiz" factor is pretty high with this. So, you'll probably find yourself listening louder. So, be mindful of this and turn it down - no need to damage your hearing. Plus, this thing is a rocket. TONS of available gain and headroom."

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Its sounds amazing October 10, 2013
Reviewer: Jordan Postrel from Miami Beach, FL United States  
Everything is so clear and crisp its a joke. This is one of the best studio investments i've ever made. You can really zone in on your stereo image with this guy to paint that picture in your head

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