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glazer56

SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« on: April 14, 2016, 01:50:52 PM »
For those of you who do mastering, and might own or have used an SPL Iron and/or Thermonic Culture Phoenix, which would you buy if you could only have one compressor in your mastering rack?  I'm leaning towards the SPL for versatility, but I'm intrigued by the sound of the Phoenix, I've just haven't had a chance to use one. Any insights would be appreciated! 5K+ is a lot of cash to drop on any piece of gear!
Thanks


jensenmann

Re: SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2016, 02:28:53 PM »
A friend who does mastering for a living is going to get an Iron. We´re going to shoot it out with my VK1 clone and a few others in the next few weeks. If you´re not in a hurry I´ll keep you updated about our results.
Jens
Quote from: PRR
The tubes of course don't care what frequency they distort

beatnik

Re: SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2016, 06:19:09 AM »
the best insight would be choose with your own ears - especially if you are going to drop 5K !

when you buy a car you go to retailer and test drive it, you don't buy just from magazine reviews or other people opinions

in my opinion the phoenix sounds very very nice, although tubes can be a bit unreliable over time regarding stereo matching

don't know about the spl

happy hunting

[silent:arts]

Re: SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2016, 06:36:18 AM »
We have one Phoenix (Mastering Edition) at work.
For stereo it is not usable IMHO.
SSLtech: No bypass, I don't believe in it.
Gus: I think this build might have problems with DIY builders that don't know things like ohms law.

kambo

Re: SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2016, 08:19:31 PM »
We have one Phoenix (Mastering Edition) at work.
For stereo it is not usable IMHO.

 :o surprised to hear that!
messing with the stereo width ?

[silent:arts]

Re: SPL Iron vs. Phoenix
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2016, 07:03:23 AM »
You need measuring equipment to get both sides equal.
The Output control for example is a very cheap pot.
Detented,  since it is the mastering version ...
SSLtech: No bypass, I don't believe in it.
Gus: I think this build might have problems with DIY builders that don't know things like ohms law.