The Phoenix USB is a Reclocker for USB sources and comes from well known Audiophile HiFi firm Innuos, who assemble their units in Portugal and are known for their CD ripping Roon Servers such as the Zenith. Headed by Nuno Vitorino this product is the latest offering from Innuos which I review in this Film.
As usual I go through functionality, design, and crucially how it adds to the HiFi from a sound quality perspective, and whether value for money? Plus what can your money get alternatively?
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This is what Innuos have to say;
The Phoenix USB offers in one unit the equivalent of 3 separate components: A USB regenerator, a linear power supply and an external master clock with its own linear power supply.
Innuos applied 3 main design approaches learning from their experience with the Innuos flagship music server, the STATEMENT:
- The USB chip regenerating the signal contains no switching regulators. All 3 independent voltages to the chip originate from an independent linear power supply with further regulation provided by 3 sets of LT3045 regulators.
- The use of a 3ppb OCXO clock running directly at 24MHz and connected via a board track just a couple of inches away from the USB chip. Therefore, no precision is lost within cables and connectors, as is the case when using an external master 10MHz clock with an additional 24MHz clock generator.
- Two independent statement-level linear power supplies, one dedicated to the OCXO clock and the other used for powering the USB chip/5V USB line.
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- Type: USB Reclocker, regenerator and power supply
- Clock: 24Mhz, OCXO
- Format: any
- Power supplies: 2 independent linear supplies
- Accessories: USB cable
- Size H x W x D: 85 x 215 x 335mm
- Weight: 6kg
- Warranty: 2 years
Watch my earlier film at Bristol 2020 and chat with Stephen Healy of Innuos
£2249 / €2499 / $3149 / £4099 CAD
(as at time of review – November 2020)
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