Phonix

Phono preamplifier and USB audio interface

Introducing Nowsonic Phonix

The Nowsonic Phonix is a two-channel phono preamplifier for connecting analog sources like turntables and line equipment (e.g. tape recorders, DVD players or musical instruments) to a computer. The input signal is transferred to the digital domain in high quality. The Phonix is connected to the USB port of a PC or Mac and can then be used to record and play back audio data in perfect quality.

With the Phonix you can digitize your analog records or tapes and thus preserve them for eternity. Thanks to the modern driver technology, it is possible to perform AD/DA conversion at 44.1 or 48 KHz with very low latency. The Phonix is directly supported by the native device drivers in the operating system and therefore no separate software installation or maintenance is required.

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Features and Applications

Features

  • Suitable for connecting all kinds of turntables with moving magnet (MM) cartridges or line level audio devices (such as tape recorders)
  • Small-sized external interface: no need for installation inside the computer
  • Enclosure shielded against interferences
  • Playback of analog audio via the line outputs and the variable headphone socket
  • Connection and communication with the computer via USB
  • High-quality components and circuits
  • Built-in low-noise phono preamplifier, conforming to the RIAA standard
  • Separate signal and peak LEDs
  • No need for additional driver installation to operate Phonix with your computer
  • Power supply via the included DC adapter (9 V, 150 mA) or USB bus powered

Applications

  • Conversion of analog sound recording media to a digital format via USB
  • DJing and recording of music tracks
  • Audio interface for your home studio
  • High-quality audio playback from the computer
  • Feeding the audio signal from your computer to an analog mixing desk or controller for monitoring
  • Audio archiving

Specifications

  • Frequency response: 10 Hz – 20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB
  • S/N ratio: > 89 dB below clipping
  • Max. input level: 40 mVrms @ 1 kHz (phono), + 19 dBu (line)
  • AD/DA conversion: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz (selectable via the host software)
  • Analog outputs: RCA (preamp line out); 1/8″ stereo mini jack (USB monitor, headphone output)
  • THD: 0.01% typical @ 1 kHz
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0, Windows and Mac OS 9.1 or higher
  • Power supply: External power adapter (9 V, 150 mA) or USB bus powered
  • Dimensions: 113 x 73 x 40 mm

Scope of delivery

  • Phonix
  • Power adapter
  • User manual

Reviews

“The preamplifier works reliably and without problems. Even in the upper dynamic range there is no distortion of the signals. The small device is solid all around and recommended.”

“For the price really a good product. The sound is absolutely fine. No noise or anything like that.”

“This device is the best phono preamp I’ve ever heard. With the possibility to adjust the input and output level steplessly, you can adjust every magnetic pickup optimally and adapt it to the playback device, which is important for my various turntables… The workmanship of the device is excellent.”

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