Rogue Audio Sphinx V2 Integrated Amplifier
Stunning performance for only $1,395! Needle Doctor is pleased to announce that the best selling Sphinx integrated amplifier just got a facelift! A stylish groove in the faceplate will commemorate the latest technical revision. The new Sphinx will include: · Improved 1W headphone circuit · Improved phono circuit with 6dB additional gain (same phono as Cronus II) · Addition of a mute function on the new cool “Skeleton” remote control · Lower noise floor Dynamic, transparent, and profoundly musical, the Rogue Sphinx sets a new standard in affordable integrated amplifiers. Utilizing sophisticated circuitry borrowed from our most advanced designs, the Sphinx is able to outperform separates costing far more than this single box design. And with 100 watts of hybrid power, this integrated is capable of realistic volume levels that will rival the clarity and presence of the original performance. The Sphinx contains a discrete headphone amplifier and an excellent phono section compatable with high output MM and MC cartridges. Active and fixed outputs allow for the addition of a subwoofer or other outboard devices. A high capacity linear power supply provides tremendous energy storage to recreate the deepest bass passages while various regulated power supply stages provide ultra smooth sound in the midrange and treble. The machined aluminum faceplate is available in either black or silver to compliment the rest of your components and the optional metal remote further adds the convenience of remote volume operation. Notes on the Sphinx from CES 2013 can be found here: Part Time Audiophile "From what I was able to hear, the sound coming out of those big Egglestons was really quite good — the 150lb newly-rechambered Nine Signatures ($18,000/pair) are very capable loudspeakers, and The Sphinx was making them dance in a very convincing way." Stereophile "At $1395, Rogue Audio’s latest hybrid integrated amplifier is also the company’s most affordable amplifier. Don’t you love that? I do."
Ratings & Reviews
by buy it
This is an excellent integrated amp, with a surprising good turntable capability, and a nice musical presentation with excellent base, imaging, and range from my PSB t2 speakers. I even like the headphone amp. The only change I'd recommend is being able to control the headphone volume with the remote, but that is a nit. I like it better than the Rega Brio it replaced. Also, they are very reachable if you have tech questions. If you call their factory, one of the senior folks picks up. Nice!
by ROBERT LIGHT
makes you forget about the equipment and just enjoy the music.
by Sat K.
The amp is awesome! We are hearing so much more clarity, depth and detail in our vinyl and cds. We will probably upgrade our cartridge soon so I will be in touch.
by Joe M
I have been living with the Sphinx for over a year now. The whole time it has Performed perfectly I am driving Focal Aria 936's and a Marantz tt15s1. I may upgrade to the Pharaoh some day but the way this Sphinx performs I am in no hurry. Its that great.
by Graham King
I've owned the Rogue Sphinx v2 for about a month now - great little amp! I have this paired with Dali Zensor 3 loudspeakers, and sources are a Vinyl Nirvana VN-150 turntable with Ortofon 2M Bronze cart, Marantz CD6005, and a Nakamichi 480 cassette deck. All sound wonderful through the Sphinx, especially the turntable - I'm sure I would have to spend at least $1000 to best the phono stage in this amplifier. The Sphinx v2 drives the Zensors perfectly, and I can't wait to try it with some 4 ohm speakers and unleash the 200 watts available with that loading. Highly recommended for the money.
by Dave B
I highly recommend this product, it is very well made. I'm usiing it with Wharfedale towers, Marantz 6005 CD player and an AR turntable. It is very musical and it has been a joy rediscovering my vinyl and CD collection.
by Dustin Phillips
Just received my Roge Sphinx and couldn't be more pleased! I paired it with a Music Hall 5.1SE and an Audiogene B1 wireless DAC for my office system. Sound out of the box with no break in time is pure audio bliss. Warm rich sound of tubes with the power of Class D amplification. I couldn't be happier. For those of you considering getting back into vinyl, I encourage you to take a listen. Thank you Needle Doctor for the recommendation!
This is an amazing amplifier. The amount of detail, tone and clarity I'm get from it is just outstanding. The folks at needle doctor provide wonderful service too!
Amazing sounds at a great price.
by Andy S
The Sphinx V2 had everything I was looking for in an integrated amp in my price range, short of a DAC. It sounded very harsh after unboxing, but the manual suggests many hours of listening to break it in, and boy does it sound great once broken-in. I'm running a Rega RP6 with B&W CM6 speakers, and the sounds are crystal clear with great bass and low distortion. It's loud too, I've only gone half way, which is more than enough for my living room. I recently swapped out my old Marantz 2270 into the system and the difference is night & day, it was like lifting a blanket off my ears.
Checks all the boxes
by Andy Syb
The Sphinx 2 checked all the boxes for me, warm tube pre-amp, great phono amp, clean sounding amp, multiple line inputs and a simple design (not to ostentatious). It's a great price point too if you're upgrading or getting into Hifi.
Beautiful Tube Sound from Pennsylvania
I love this amp. It's musical, warm, cleanly designed, and powerful. It's the most I've spent on a component, and it has been well worth it. Your *only* consideration should be lack of tone controls. A lot of 'higher-end' stuff forgoes the tone knobs, so be prepared to adjust your room, speakers, or the internal pre-amp tubes. Not a major problem. I added some room treatment and re-positioned my speakers, but if those adjustments are not viable, research the compatibility of your speakers with the Sphinx.