Dirk Sommer from German online magazine Hifi Statement reviewed the SPL Phonitor some years back. Now he decided to put our Phonitor 2 to the test. And it's not without excitement that he asserts:

You should definitely give at least a try to the Phonitor 2, even if you are not in the market for a headphone amplifier, but rather a honest, high-definition, balanced preamp for an unbeatable price."

"I can't really think of any other preamp at this price point that is so musical, clear and faithful as the Phonitor 2. And, to top it off, it's a headphone amplifier, too."

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The IRON Mastering compressor combines not only the sonic virtues of legendary vintage tube compressors with the advantages of the High Dynamic 120V operating voltage in a single unit. It is also perfect for the needs of modern mastering studios and sets a new benchmark in terms of tube compressor technology, with the innovative implementation of a parallel dual-tube circuit.

Thanks to the especially conceived Mu-Metal iron transformers, the signal of each channel is split across two different twin-triode tubes. The combination of the different response curves of both tubes results in a transparent and musically pleasant compression. Additionally, peak signals of the control voltage are limited by a feed-forward resistive opto-isolator. Thus, the output signal remains lively even with a high gain reduction. The compression is only noticeable with extreme settings.

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SPL's High Performance USB Interface & Monitor Controller Crimson is now available not only in black, but also in white!

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In his review of the Phonitor2, Axel Ritt asks a very good question:

"Seldom is a topic so controversially debated over decades like mixing without the appropriate monitors. Why?"

After extensive testing, his verdict on the Phonitor Matrix is clear:

"Unnatural listening on headphones with the center in the head can be in fact adjusted and processed individually to a great extent with the product's Matrix, making it possible "for the first time" to mix with headphones. As soon as you "understand" how the parameters work, you can use the Matrix to create your own personal environment."

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The March 2015 issue of Electronic Musician features a very interesting article about smart selection of EQs. The SPL Passeq Analog Code plug-in, which emulates our 120-Volt passive EQ of the same name, was obviously included. Michael Cooper raves about it:

"Several plug-ins emulate equalizer. One of the sweetest-sounding and most flexible I've used is the SPL Passeq Analog Code plug-in, ..."

 

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Yet again, our Crimson USB Interface/Monitor Controller was put to the test. This time it was Friedemann Kootz from German Studio Magazin that took it for a test drive (08/2014 issue).

A street price of less than €500 for such a high-class "Made in Germany" device was way too suspicious for him, so he decided to find out where we had made some compromises.

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German magazine Keys has just published its Keys Extra 1/2015 issue, highlighting the Best of Products that made it to the mag this year. And our very own Crimson USB 2.0 Audio Interface and Monitor Controller couldn't be left out.

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It's no secret to anyone that listening to music on headphones has become quite trendy in recent years. German weekly business news magazine "Wirtschafts Woche" compared the different options available on the market right now. Our Phonitor mini was selected as representative for high-end headphone amps. The article not only focuses on the quality of the amplification, but also on how sound is spatially perceived with headphones. Two aspects where our Phonitor mini stands out. A brief excerpt shows that the Phonitor Matrix holds its promises:

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Do you still have some room under the Christmas tree? Would a Phonitor mini fit in there?

Maybe first you'd like to read what amazona.de said about it their recent review. Felix Thoma was in charge of putting the SPL Phonitor mini to the test, a product he "highly recommends".

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Our Phonitor2 was already reviewed in German headphone magazine "ear in" and came off pretty darn good. So it was no wonder that the Phonitor mini was also put to the test in the latest issue. The result reads as follows...

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