Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

MM and MC phono preamplifier
Adjustable gain
Adjustable load and capacity
Aluminium case

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Manufacturer : PRO-JECT

149,00 €

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Description

This Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier is the newer version of one of the biggest success of the Austrian manufacturer, the Pro-Ject Phono Box S phono preamplifier.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2: casing

At first sight, there is nothing different. However, one that has an eye for detail can immediately remark that the chassis has been changed. Indeed, the previous version had a brushed aluminium front panel mounted on a black steel chassis. The Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier has an anodized chassis made out of an aluminium piece. Besides its “high end” aspect, this “case” provides a better shielding of the device against radio waves and electromagnetic disturbances.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

The internal architecture is totally double mono, which makes it possible to obtain a more precise stereo reproduction and soundstage.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2: front panel and back panel

The front panel also has an elegant blue micro-led and an on/off push button.

On the back panel of the Phono Box S2, there are the usual gold plated RCA inputs/outputs and a knob for the connection of the mass. There is also a push button enabling the implementation of the subsonic filter (20Hz with 12dB/octave).

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2: settings

Under the device, 8 switches appear in each of the 2 windows. These enable to adjust with precision, and for each of the channels, the gain, capacitance, and resistance so that these are in perfect accordance with the type and model of the phono cartridge used.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

This optimization is essential in order to obtain all the potential out of your cartridge. The components used are higher end range and the RIAA equalization is even better.

The Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamp is totally configurable, this is completely new in this price range. It has 4 adjustable gains, 4 load resistance, and 4 load capacitance which enable it to be combined with 95% of MM cartridges and 80% of MC cartridges. Of course, you can’t expect this Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier to do “everything”. For example, combining it with a MC cartridge that costs more than 500 euros would be unrealistic.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2: power supply

The Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier is powered by an external power supply which supplies a direct current of 18 V. There is no need for a rectifying circuit or filter circuit and therefore there is a better signal-to-noise ratio as well as a better transparency.

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2: listening and review

This new Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier is certainly the best phono preamplifier under 150 euros!

And for multiple obvious reasons: it is neutral, dynamic, balanced, and silent. Its musicality has nothing to envy of products that cost twice as much.

At the price it is offered, the Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier is certainly a great deal. Highly recommended!    


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Compatibility: MM and MC

Load capacitance: 100, 200, 320, 420 pF

Load resistance: 40, 43, 60, 63 dB

MM and MC gains: 40, 43, 60, 63 dB

Signal-to-noise ratio: MM 86 dB (94 dB weighted), MC 68 dB (75 dB weighted)

Distortion at 40 and 43 dB: 0,01 %

Distortion at 60 and 63 dB: 0,05 %

RIAA equalization: 20Hz - 20kHz / max. 0,4 dB

Subsonic filter: 20Hz with 12dB/octave

Input: 1 per RCA set

Output: 1 per RCA set

Power supply: separated 18v DC / 500mA

Consumption: 85 mA, < 1w in standby

Dimensions: 103 x 37 x 119 mm

Weight: 340 g without power supply

Customer reviews
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Customer reviews

5/5
04/04/2018

Excellent

Après les quelques heures de rodage nécessaires, j'ai été bluffé par la qualité de ce préamp, qui monte en puissance de manière spectaculaire. Au final, les basses sont précises et tendues, les aigus cristallins, les médiums très nuancés ; une belle neutralité générale. Au fil des disques, ce préampli est un enchantement. Et le rapport qualité/prix est sans concurrence ! Vraiment une réussite. Merci Franck de m'avoir conseillé cet excellent produit et à toute l'équipe de maplatine.com pour leur passion communicative et leur professionnalisme. A+

01/23/2018

Il fait la différence entre le bien et l’excellent

Associé à une platine vinyle Pro-Ject Début Carbon 2M Red, sur le conseil judicieux de Franck, que je remercie encore pour sa disponibilité et sa franchise, ce préamplificateur m’a d'emblée impressionné par la neutralité et la précision de sa restitution tout en nuances. Rien à voir avec les préamplificateur embarqués des platines d'entrée de gamme. Avec cet équipement, j’ai pu retrouver l’émotion intacte et, je dirais même, sublimée, de mes premières expériences musicales avec ma chaîne HiFi de la fin des années 70. Merci à MaPlatine d’avoir été sur le chemin de ce « revival » analogique, et bravo pour la qualité du contact et celle du conditionnement de l’envoi arrivé très vite à destination !

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Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 phono preamplifier

MM and MC phono preamplifier
Adjustable gain
Adjustable load and capacity
Aluminium case

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