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Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamp (Roon Ready)

Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamp (Roon Ready)

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The Pre Box S2 Digital is an ultra-modern DAC, pre-amplifier and headphone amplifier, engineered inside a compact, beautifully made chassis; representing luxury high-end audio performance at an astonishing price. Entering the market as the first product of the S2 Line from Box Design by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Pre Box S2 Digital is designed to accomodate even the most demanding digital audio enthusiasts.

Built around the high-end ESS Sabre ESS9038Pro DAC chip, the Pre Box S2 Digital is capable of converting Hi-Res Audio signals up-to 32-bit / 768kHz PCM or DSD512 (DoP) via its Type-B USB port. The DAC has also been configured to unfold the very latest MQA audio files and is certified Roon Ready. Via the additional Coaxial and Optical inputs, the DAC chip is configured to handle up-to 24-bit / 192kHz data from external digital transports. Where the Pre Box S2 Digital enters a league of its own is in the advanced technologies that have been applied to achieve a near-perfect technical performance.

Pro-Ject's proprietary Optimum Transient Digital Filter and complimentary clock circuitry design allows the Pre Box S2 Digital to manage jitter down as low as 100 Femtoseconds, ensuring the tightest and most capable audio performance possible. The sound can then be tailored to suit any listener's preference thanks to the seven built-in digital filters

The internal layout of the Pre Box S2 Digital is reminiscent of far more expensive designs. Through the clever use of polymer capacitors and thin-film miniMELF resistors it was possible to fit all this technology into such a small chassis. Elsewhere, industry-first innovations in the dual-regulator architecture makes sure the sound performance does justice to the true high-end formats you can play through the DAC. 

Operation of the Pre Box S2 Digital is simple. Through the built-in operating system, or using the optional remote control, it's possible to change filters, attenuate volume and have basic transport controls over music played via USB (Ply/Pause, Forward/Rewind).

Key Features:

  • Pre-amplifier with built-in DAC
  • High-end ESS Sabre ESS9038 DAC chip
  • Proprietary clock circuity design
  • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds
  • Organic polymer capacitors and thin-film miniMELF resistors
  • MQA audio files compatible
  • Roon-ready product
  • Hi-Res certified product
  • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DoP)
  • Up to 24-bit / 192kHz for optical & coax inputs
  • Seven selectable digital filters
  • One proprietary optimum transient digital filter
  • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm)
  • Dual-mono construction
  • User-friendly screen and operating system
  • Gold-plated four layer PCB
  • Premium S2 chassis
  • Available in black or silver
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"Pro-Ject’s Pre Box S2 Digital offers a wealth of audiophile tweakery but its emphasis on USB ties it primarily – but not exclusively – to desktop and laptop PCs. On the other hand, USB hook-up means the S2 is still a portable option for laptop users, and it doesn’t need a battery. For the price, its sound performance is impeccable, combining clarity and precision with an attractive warmth and impressive sense of space."

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Specs
DAC:  2x ESS9038Q2M 32-bit PCM 768kHz / DSD512
Digital Inputs:  1x Coax (S/PDIF)
2x Optical (TOSlink®)
1x USB B
Headphone Amp Chip: ESS9062
Sampling Rates: 32kHz
44.1kHz
48kHz
88.2kHz
96kHz
176.2kHz
192kHz
352.8kHz
384kHz
768kHz
DSD Support: DSD64
DSD128
DSD256
DSD512
MQA Support: Full MQA Unfolding by Hardware
Filter Settings: 7x Selectable
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
THD: 0.0003%
Analogue Outputs: 1x Headphone (6.35mm Jack)
1x Variable Out (RCA)
Dynamic Range: 124dBA
Output Voltage: 2.05 Veff
Power Consumption: 5V. Micro USB
Dimensions: 103 x 36 x 103mm
Weight: 600g (Without PSU)
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