Pro-Ject Box S2 range of micro components upgrades Pro-Ject’s original Box range of affordable, high-quality Hi-Fi “building blocks”.
You may know Pro-Ject for its famous range of high performance, high-value turntables such as the now legendary Pro-Ject Debut. You may not be aware, however, that Pro-Ject also designs and manufactures a range of equally affordable and equally high-performance hi-fi components under their Box-Design brand.
Intrigued? With a newly released and refreshed range branded the Box S2, you should be!
Pro-Ject Box S2 Hi-Fi components
Pro-Ject’s original Box range of components offered a winning combination of great build quality, high-quality audio and great value; In other words, everything Pro-Ject became famous for, through their legendary range of turntables. The Box range offered value savvy audiophiles a great range of audio components they could use as “building blocks”.
Looking to upgrade or add a phono stage to your integrated amplifier, for example? Then choose from either solid state or valve phono amplifiers, with a choice of features and prices. Need a compact power amplifier? Check. Stand-alone headphone amplifier? Check. Compact DAC? Check.
The original Box range covered all the typical component “building blocks” an audiophile would need; time moves on, however, and now we are treated to the updated and redesigned Pro-Ject Box S2 range of Hi-Fi components. The new Pro-Ject Box S2 range incorporates traditional Hi-Fi staples, as well as an expanded range of digital sources and components, in tune with today’s requirements.
In today’s Audio Affair blog, we’ll take a close look at some of the latest additions, as well as a general overview of the Pro-Ject Box S2 range, and the benefits it offers the value-minded audiophile.
Pro-Ject Box S2 Digital
Digital audio sources have evolved at a fast pace since Pro-Ject introduced their original Box range; it’s pleasing, therefore, to see some clever and innovative offerings within the Pro-Ject Box S2 range. Leading the new digital range must surely be the new Pre Box S2 Digital, a standalone digital pre-amp/DAC combo with headphone output and MQA support.
Utilising the ubiquitous ESS Sabre ESS9038Pro DAC chip, the Pre Box S2 Digital can process Hi-Res audio up-to 32-bit / 768kHz PCM or DSD512 (DoP) streamed via it’s USB port. Coaxial and Optical digital inputs are also provided which support up to 24-bit / 192kHz data.
Uniquely for a DAC at this price point, the Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 also supports the MQA codec, making it ideal for those wishing to experiment with this exciting new digital “format”. Pro-Ject’s proprietary Optimum Transient Digital Filter and clock circuitry allows the Pre Box S2 Digital to record jitter figures down as low as 100 Femtoseconds; this, and the seven selectable digital filter modes promises an incredible performance/price ratio.
For those looking for a simpler DAC solution, the DAC Box S2+ is a great choice; a fully-equipped digital-analogue converter with support for PCM files up-to 32-bit / 768kHz and quad-DSD decoding (DSD256) via the rear-mounted USB port, the DAC Box S2+ is a superb DAC in its own right.
Pro-Ject Box S2 analogue components
The range of analogue components with the Pro-Ject Box S2 range is undiminished; preamplifiers, power amplifiers, phono preamplifiers, headphone amplifiers and more can be found within the Pro-Ject Box S2 range. It’s entirely possible to build a whole Hi-Fi system, purely from Box S2 components!
As an eminent manufacturer of turntables and phono products, it should come as no surprise to find well designed, high-performance phono preamplifiers within the range. Taking a look, firstly at the Phono Box S2, we find a welcome update on the original, and successful Phono Box design.
The gain, capacitance and impedance adjustments possible with the original Phono Box are all here in the Phono Box S2. Couple it with most any phono cartridge, whether MM or MC designs, for great performance at a highly affordable price.
Craving the sweet sound of valves ‘n’ vinyl? Then check out the Pro-Ject Tube Box S2; a premium phono stage for both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) cartridges featuring a discrete circuit design for the highest quality sound.