|Warranty length||2 Years|
Analogue Out: x1 (Use as DAC)
Analogue Input: 1
USB In: 24bit/96kHz asynchronous
Digital In: 1x Coax, 1x Optical
Headphone Output: 1 x 6.3mm
Signal to Noise Ratio: -120dB
Total H Distortion: < 0.0014%
Display: Big elegant control
Semiconductors: Burr-Brown UL Noise
SMD Technology: Short signal paths
Pro-Ject Head Box is a sturdy, reliable yet dynamic headphone amplifier with one analogue output, allowing you to use the unit as a DAC capable of turning your mp3s into something full of character, charm and nuance.
The large and elegant control display is simple and functional, but its inclusion here puts this box amongst the upper echelons of the Pro-Ject box range from a design point of view. The always tidy box is minimalism at its best and consequently complements any furniture you may wish to pair it with.
'the excellent performance over headphones combined with the substantial build quality and the useful feature set mean that the Pro-Ject is a very clever box of tricks indeed' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, October 2013)
'The performance across the different digital inputs seem extremely consistent with no serious changes in performance and the analogue input appears to be transparent, too' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, October 2013)
'There is a richness and detail to vocals that greatly aids the believability of the performance and the impressively low noise floor means that incidental detail is easy to pick out without sounding forced' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, October 2013)
20 Jan 2016I bought the Head Box after much research into available and affordable DAC / headphone amps with analogue, optical and coaxial digital inputs with a silver finish to match the rest of my equipment which consists of an Arcam FMJ A32 amplifier, Arcam FMJ CD36 player, Cambridge Sonata internet radio streamer (try www,radioparadise.com its fantastic!) and Ipod 160 GB Classic on a Cambridge ID100 digital dock fed through a Cambridge Dacmagic DAC.
In the end apart from a £1500 Sennheiser which is in another league, the Head Box was the only one that ticked all the boxes for price , finish and connectivity.
I am using it with HIfiman HE400I headphones also purchased from Audio Affair which I am well pleased with, being notably superior to my AKG 702s
Its a compact and well made unit and sits well alongside the rest of the equipment and the blue display matches that on the Sonata well. I am now able to play all three sources into my 'phones as well as through my main system.
I would say that the sound quality is better than playing the phones through the Arcam's headphone socket, but only just, being slightly more "Open" and "Musical" but not by a great margin. There is some very low level breakthrough into the analogue input from the optical input at high level , and the ultimate output is not great but probably sufficient. It does require maybe 200 hours break in, as do the 'phones.
Overall its probably worth buying if you have a budget amplifier and good quality phones which you listen to a lot, or as a basis for a good quality headphone only system, but to significantly better the quality from the headphone sockets of more up market amplifiers I think you would have to spend considerably more and / or go down the valve route.