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Innuos – Phoenix USB Reclocker
The PhoenixUSB Reclocker takes the USB signal from any source and completely regenerates it to an extremely high-precision signal to feed into your DAC, allowing it to perform at its best.
The PhoenixUSB Reclocker takes the USB signal from any source and completely regenerates it to an extremely high-precision signal to feed into your DAC, allowing it to perform at its best. The PhoenixUSB 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.
Despite Apple’s best efforts USB has become the de facto connection for everything from rechargeable torches to watches, computers and digital audio. It was never designed to send an audio signal but the fact that most laptops can send digital audio via this ubiquitous connection mean it has become the way that the majority stream their music. It is however far from perfect as anyone who has tried to get engaging sounds from their computer will attest. Even those of us who use dedicated audio servers struggle to make their USB outputs sound good and for my part I had given up and taken to using the ethernet output and channelling it into a network streamer prior to sending it to my DAC.
Innuos Phoenix USB reclocker review
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Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker Review
The Innuos Phoenix USB reclocker is here. Avid computer audiophiles are well aware of the sonic gains of having USB conditioning. If you’d like an introduction behind using USB reclockers in your digital playback system, check out my review of the SOtM tX-USBultra here. In short, the goal of a USB reclocker is to provide a clean and well-timed signal to the DAC from the server. The improvements are usually in soundstage, detail, solidity, and tonality.
Innuos PhoenixUSB Reclocker Review: A Meatball to replace the Spaghetti?
Those of us who slave over improving our digital streaming audio chains invariably end up with a plethora of boxes, cables, power supplies, accessories, more boxes, and more cables. In other words, what we — affectionately, and our detractors deridingly — call “spaghetti.”