Phonitor xe Headphone Amplifier

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The Phonitor xe is the ultimate standalone device for headphone enthusiasts who want the More details

The Phonitor xe is the ultimate standalone device for headphone enthusiasts who want the perfect solution without any compromises. The Phonitor xe is the first Phonitor headphone amplifier which can be equipped with the brand-new DAC768. This optional internal Uber-DAC qualifies the Phonitor xe to convert with outstanding sonic performance. An audio resolution of 32 bits and PCM sample rates up to 768kHz as well as DSD – up to DSD4 – are the impressive numbers.

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.

  • Balanced and unbalanced analog I/Os
  • Phonitor Matrix
  • Additional headphone outputs on the rear side (balanced and unbalanced)
  • Motorized ALPS “Big Blue“ Volume potentiometer (IR remote controllable – learns any IR remote control)
  • Laterality control: super-fine balance control
  • Output power (1 kHz, 1% THD, 250 Ω): 2 x 5 W
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 300 kHz
  • THD+N: 0.00091 %
  • Dynamic range: 135.5 dB
  • Optional 32Bit/768kHz DAC768 (USB, coax, optical and AES/EBU) DSD up to DSD4 (Quad Rate DSD, DSD256)
  • Windows® driver, Apple Class compliant

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.


Learning made easy

Using Phonitor x as an example, this video explains how you can use any infrared remote control to remotely control the volume.


Source of joy

Up to six stereo sources can be connected to Phonitor xe:

  • XLR
  • RCA
  • USB
  • Coax
  • Optical
  • AES/EB

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.


The DAC768

The highly acclaimed AKM AK4490 Velvet Sound™ premium DAC chip is used as the converter chip in the optional digital-to-analogue converter, which thanks to its new architecture reproduces the finest sound details. It converts PCM audio with a resolution of 32 bits and a sampling rate of up to 768kHz, which is equivalent to 16 times CD resolution. Direct Stream Digital is also supported up to a resolution of DSD4 or DSD256.

The DLP120

The analog output of the DAC chip must be filtered by a low pass filter. Phonitor xe has two of them: One for PCM audio and one for DSD audio, since different roll-off frequencies are required. And in contrast to all other DACs in the world, the low pass filters here are built using VOLTAiR technology, which provides a plus in dynamics and headroom.

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.



The Phonitor Matrix Parameters

SPL Phonitor Matrix explained

Level and frequency adjustment of the right (red) and left (green) audio channel at maximum crossfeed.​

Settings for the speaker placement angle to determine the interaural time difference.​

SPL Phonitor Matrix explained

Everything you need to know about the Phonitor Matrix.

SPL Phonitor Matrix EN

Everything you need to hear about the Phonitor Matrix.

The VOLTAiR Technology

The VOLTAiR Technology


step by step through Phonitor xe

This video guides you step by step through Phonitor xe.

Entire Professional Fidelity Series

And in this video we introduce you to the entire Professional Fidelity Series.​

Press and Reviews

Audio Reputation
Audio Reputation

by James Longman
Aug. 2020

Technical Features

Analog inputs: XLR (balanced) and RCA
Input gain (max):
32.5 dBu
Input impedance (RCA):
20 kΩ
Input impedance (XLR):
20 kΩ
Common mode rejection (XLR):

Digital Inputs: DAC768 (optional)

AES/EBU (XLR), PCM sample rates:
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Coaxial SPDIF (RCA), PCM sample rates:
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Optical SPDIF (Toslink F06), PCM sample rates:
44.1/48/88.2/96/with Glass fibre <1m: 176.4/192 kHz
USB (B), PCM sample rates:
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384/705.6/768 kHz
USB (B), DSD over PCM (DoP), sample rates:
2.8 (DSD64), 5.6 (DSD128), 11.2 (DSD256) MHz
0 dBFS calibrated to:
15 dBu

Balanced Headphones Output: 4-pol XLR (balanced)

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

Source impedance:
0.18 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):
-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
Operating voltage for relays and LEDs:
+ 12 V
Operating voltage for optional DAC768:
+7 V, +3.3 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: 11" x H: 4" x D: 11.81" (278 x 100 x 300 mm)
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)


  • 2-Year Warranty

    two year warranty



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