The Phono Box DS2 is a highly adjustable phono preamplifier suitable for a wide variety of MM and MC cartridges. With the ability to switch easily between various impedance, capacitance and gain settings, this is easily one of the most user friendly phono stages capable of delivering a high-end sound.
The sophisticated internal design takes inspiration from other high-end Pro-Ject Phono Box models, incorporating features like its dual-mono circuitry, precise RIAA equalisation and the use of low-noise ICs. The circuit design is also very linear, in order to the best possible sound from a minimalistic PCB. With its high value sonics and low cost price it’s set to become a real audiophile bargain!
The casing is made of a durable aluminium metal sandwich construction, which not only will effectively protect it against electromagnetic interferences and vibrations, but will also please the eye with its simple yet elegant aesthetics.
What finish options are available for DS2 products?
Every Pro-Ject Audio Systems DS2 product is available in a variety of finishes. Whether you like a solid aluminium chassis, or you want to add the retro-styled wooden side panels, the available options allow each DS2 product to fit perfectly into your environment. The finishes we show in our product gallery are the finishes we aim to carry on stock in our UK warehouse. You can order these any time, and stock should be with you quickly and easily. However, we have worked closely with Pro-Ject to make any finish available to UK consumers. So, to order this product in any of the below listed finishes, simply Contact Us or your local Pro-Ject Audio Systems dealer with your request, and we'll take care of the rest.*
The Phono Box DS2 is available to urgent order in the below listed finishes:
- Silver body / Eucalyptus side panels
- Black body / Walnut side panels
* There is no price premium for this service.
* Offer is subject to latest stock availability at Pro-Ject's European headquarters.
What is a Phono Stage?
A phono stage takes the low-level electrical signal, generated by the pick-up cartridge on your turntable, and amplifies it to LINE level. When it's at LINE level, you can connect the outputs of your phono stage to any LINE or AUX input on your amplifier. If you do not have a phono stage, when you connect the turntable to your amplifier the signal will be very quiet, and if you turn it up to normal listening level it will sound distorted and noisy.
You do not need an external phono stage if...
- There is a phono stage already built-in to your turntable (for instance with our Phono USB or RecordMaster turntables from Pro-Ject)
- Your amplifier has a Phono input.
In both of these cases, the built-in phono stage needs to support your pick-up cartridge (see below).
Do I need a specific type of Phono Stage?
Yes. You need to buy a phono stage that suits your particular type of cartridge. If you have a Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge, you need an MM-compatible phono stage. If you have a Moving Coil (MC) cartridge, you need an MC-compatible phono stage. This is due to the different output levels of MM and MC cartridges (as MC cartridges are so quiet, they require more Gain).
What do all of the Setting adjustments mean?
Cartridges are complex micro-mechanical devices, and the way a phono stage treats the electrical signal they generate can dramatically impact the end sound quality. When setting adjustments are available, the one adjustment you always need to check, regardless of the cartridge, is Gain. The level of Gain directly affects all cartridges, as the ultimate task of a phono stage is to amplify the electrical signal.
After Gain, the type of Settings you need to adjust are dependent on the cartridge used...
- For Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges, you need to adjust the capacitance (measured in pF).
- For Moving Coil (MC) cartridges, you need to adjust the Impedance (measured in Ω).
Some phono stages have other Settings available, which are not cartridge dependent. For example...
- Curve Selection (most phono stages are designed with RIAA equalisation in mind, but there are other options available - such as DECCA)
- Sub-Sonic Filter (to attenuate the low-end out of a system where boom is a problem)
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