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A film about the new Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker at Bristol 2020

A film about the new Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker at Bristol 2020

When you add a quiet server to your HiFi you dispense with aggravating noisy and insidious electrical noise of PC peripheral type NAS drives, built for computers which aren’t designed to be electrically quiet for audio. Noise gets into the HiFi like, well… just like eating a lot of spicy food can mess with your sense of taste…when I was in Mexico last summer I was listening to a lot of Michael Bolton. 😉 So to the new Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker…

Innuos does this so well with its one stop shop approach to streaming, CD ripping and HiFi servers. Roon too! ; The Zen Mini, Zen, Zenith and Statement. Innuos are from Portugal not Japan by the way…

Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker film
(Interview with Stephen Healy of Innuos & Sound Impressions)

I thought the Innuos Zenith a revolution in quiet servers which, in a good HiFi or headphone system is very worthwhile. So much so that I bought one.

But the aim of the PhoenixUSB reclocker is to elevate sound of USB audio. USB in from your source and USB out to your DAC. Simples, and anyone can connect this unit up. No worries. But it is modular in the sense you can add it to your other Innuos components or otherwise and it allows an upgrade path.

The PhoenixUSB comprises a USB regenerator where the incoming signal is rebuilt, a linear power supply for the regenerator and a master clock with its own linear power supply. Timing the data to the DAC is important to the extent of reducing jitter. Misrepresentations in the timing of the signal cause distortion in the analogue output of your DAC, hence the use of an OCXO clock and the market offering of PhoenixUSB.

Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker film

At Bristol 2020 they used the below set up and were allowing A/B comparisons – with and without PhoenixUSB. I thought the difference with the Innuos PhoenixUSB decent, as I said in my video; bass elevation and widening depth and width to soundstage were most evident. But use with an improved HiFi, I’d expect and hope for better things, as the headphones used were relatively modest considering the great Chord Hugo TT2 DAC and Zenith Mk3 in use.

Possibly you’d need a serious system to make PhoenixUSB pay – hopefully it will be turning silver to audio gold rather than gilding the lily but with some ATC SCM40A active 3-way floor-standers I currently have and my Zenith Mk2, that would be a combination to salivate over! Go on Innuos, you know you want too….

Price

$3149, £2249, EUR2499

Test System at Bristol 2020

  • Innuos Zenith Mk3 Server – £2,999 (1TB model)
  • PhoenixUSB Reclocker – £2249
  • Chord Hugo TT2 DAC – £3,995
  • Dan Clark Aeon 2 Headphones – £800
  • 2 X Chord Epic 1m USB Cables – £800 (pair)

Manufacturer

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Innuos
Web : Innuos.com
Contact : [email protected]

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  1. Simon, thanks for your review and video.

    I have had an Innuos Phoenix on home demo for a couple of weeks and I use it with my Innuos Zenith SE. In my system connected to a Chord Blu MkII Mscaler and Chord Dave I hear a very compelling increase in sound quality due to the Innuos Phoenix. The biggest difference I noticed is the increase in bass definition / texture and the midrange and top end is also better to my ears.

    I tried taking the Phoenix out of my system last night to see if I could live without it and as is usual this tends to be the most telling aspect of how good a component really is in the system. The bottom line is that I am going to have to talk very seriously to my dealer to negotiate to keep the Phoenix. In my view it is well worth trying a Phoenix and it works! Nick

    • Hi Nick, thanks for your comment (it will help this post lots) and hope your cable firm is going well too. I am sure the PhoenixUSB is worth trying with the ATC SCM40 Actives I have at the moment which are awesome speakers. Slightly slower with bass and dynamics to my faster PMC’s with smaller drivers, but what they loose there, they gain more in exquisite depth, soundstage, and bass response. BW Simon

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Written by Simon Price

I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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