Rogue Audio Sphinx V3


I'm interested in purchasing the Rogue Audio Sphinx V3 based on all of the positive reviews for not only Sphiunx V1-V3, but several of the other Rogue products.  Fundamentally I believe in the "bang for buck" type of products, and that there are always a handful out there.  For example, I've been extremely please with my DALI Ikon 2s which I'd put in the same bucket.

Separately I very much like the concept of each piece of equipment doing one job.  I understand that this is an Integrated, and maybe one day I'll get my dream of all separate components.  I mention this because the Sphinx is pure analog.  I like that all of the funding that went in to this component hasn't been "wasted" on features.  To complete the picture, I'm using a Pro-Ject Carbon SB and a Pro-Ject Tube Box S.  I'm extremely curious about comparing the phono pre-amps.  At some point I will add a digital source, but while I'd really like that to sound exceptionally nice, my focus is on the analog.

As I've yet to read a negative review on any of the Sphinx versions, I was hoping I could get some opinions specific to the V3, and hopefully some insight to the pairing with the DALI Ikon 2s.

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
msafrick
The problem for me with the Sphinx is the class D amp section. Lots of negative personal comments of class D amplification on the AudioAsylum audio forums. It deterred me. I’d research a little more before taking the plunge on a class D hybrid amp. I left a comment on your other post for amp recommendations.
As far a phono preamps the Schiit Mani is one of the best budget phono stages for cheap.
Concerning the Class D section, this is precisely what I've been reading about with the Sphinx.  It seems all the reviewers were surprised that Rogue has been able to achieve the sound that they do with the Class D, and the audio world cannot understand how it can sound as it does.

I'm still quite perplexed as to why I've not found a negative review of the Rogues in general.
Rogue makes a good product period. No, I don't claim them to be SOTA, but offer very good sound for the money. I have a Rogue Pharaoh, the Sphinx's big brother. Their tube pre with class D solid state output work very well together. The all tube Rogue Cronus Magnum III integrated is also a winner. IMO.
                       


I had a Sphinx 2 and its sound was very good in terms of balance, articulation, sound stage, etc.  I did use a Rogue Ares Magnum phono amp in lieu of the built in phono amp of the Sphinx.  The sphinx was a nice compromise between a warm tube and a "cool" solid state-- it just passed the music along without "interpretation."   About 18 months ago, I upgraded to the Rogue RP7 preamp and Stereo 100 amp.  Obviously a very marked improvement.  Having listened other preamps and amps including McIntosh and Audio Research, I find the Rogue to be as good or better for less money.  Note that my speakers are Sonus Faber Amati traditions and I listen to classical and jazz which may make a difference in my viewpoint.
Think I'm right in that a big difference with v3 is the pre tubes work with all line inputs whereas v2 was just phono. Correct if wrong.

Regarding class D, the only negatives in some cases can be a slightly lean or recessed mid. This amp doesn't have that issue, tube pre and class D works pretty damn well.
Also the tubes are 12AU7.. Very inexpensive to roll in some great sounding nos radio technique or similar
All of the Sphinx models always had a solid state phono and tube line stage!
Can't speak about Rogue, but if you're looking for a system improvement,, when I owned the Tube Box it improved significantly by replacing the tubes with Black Sable offered by Tube Depot.  Worth a try if you haven't replaced them yet.  
I recently purchased the Rogue Sphinx V3. One week now andcompletely satisfied. It keeps getting better.
Very musical.

It does reveal the faults in "lesser" recordings. More so than other integrated"s I tried; and more in alignment with separates.
But then. what good system will not reveal poor mixing, engineering, or production choices?
No issues with an 8 ohm - 85dB sensitivity speaker. Stout.

Musical, well built and a great value in my opinion. A standard-bearer for High Fidelity made in America.
Love it.
msafrick, I share mjcmt's concern about a Class D output stage. I think the tube front end covers for the output stage. Never trust the reviews completely. I would want to listen to it first. Compare it to a unit with a class AB or A output stage at a similar price. Something like the Rega Elix-R. I would be willing to bet the Rega has a more effortless and open character. You should listen to both and go with your own ears. 
Mark has good ears and his amps sound musical. I don't think you can go wrong w the Sphinx!
I ended up auditioning the Sphinx v3 side by with the Belles Aria, and went with the Belles. It seems I’m not the only one who was impressed with Belles products as the wait time is longer than usual due to the number of orders, so hopefully I’ll have it next week.

While I did enjoy the Rogue, I instantly thought the Belles just sounded a lot better.

Before making my decision I also listened to the Elix-R and Moon 340i (didn’t have the 240i). 

Pulled the trigger on a Rogue Audio Sphinx v.3. about 3 months ago. I wanted to dip my toes into tubes but not too deep.  I linked it up to a Tube Box S and swapped out the tubes for Mullard 12AX7 and Brimar 4003’s on the Rogue.  Sounds just great run into my Maggie MG 12s.  Plenty of power and great bass for the small ensemble music I listen to.  They’re Maggie’s so midrange and treble are reach out and touch you transparent.  I’m looking at component isolation and cabling to fine tune my system.  Any suggestions.