Phono Box DS2 USB

£435.00
  • Accomplished multi-purpose phono stage
  • Suitable for MM and MC cartridges
  • Analogue RCA, USB and optical out on back

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DS2 Line

The Phono Box DS2 USB has one of the most complete feature-sets of any phono stage on the market. It’s a highly adjustable phono pre-amplifier for Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges with analogue, digital and USB outputs, effectively allowing it to integrate into any audio system.

The digital aspect of the Phono Box DS2 USB gives hi-fi enthusiasts the opportunity to record their vinyl in true high-end quality. Many turntables have built-in phono stages with USB outputs, which are often of inferior quality and restrict the ability to make a good digital file. The Phono Box DS2 USB uses a very low-noise and jitter-free Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to record via USB or Optical up-to 24-bit/192kHz PCM or DSD 128 (USB only). So now, by connecting a high-quality turntable and cartridge to the Phono Box DS2 USB, you can begin to make true audiophile recordings from your record player.

The internal layout of the Phono Box DS2 USB uses high-quality components in dual-mono configuration and sophisticated electrical designs, including ultra-linear RIAA equalisation, to achieve the superior sound quality. As well as MM / MC compatibility, you can further tweak the capacitance, gain and impedance to get the best sound from your turntable and cartridge.

Operation of the Phono Box DS2 USB is effortlessly simple, with all controls clearly marked on the front-plate. The two phono inputs allow for multiple turntables or tonearms to be connected to the phono stage with ease, and the additional Line input allows for any other analogue device to benefit from the device’s recording abilities. The gold-plated RCA output ensures an easy connection to an external hi-fi system, and the optical output also offers the option to connect a turntable into a high-end digital audio system.

The Phono Box DS2 USB is one of the most accomplished multi-purpose phono stages available today, acting not only as a high-quality phono stage but also a hi-fi quality ADC and recording device.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for MM and MC cartridges
  • Analogue RCA, USB and optical out on back
  • 3 Inputs (2 Phono, 1 Line)
  • Precise RIAA equalisation
  • Dual mono circuitry for optimized channel separation
  • Selectable input impedance on front
  • Selectable input capacitance on front
  • Digital output sampling frequency adjustable
  • Low noise circuitry
  • Gold-plated RCA in & outputs
  • Sandwich alu/metal casing protects from vibrations and electromagnetic interference
  • Available in various finish options (read our FAQ)

Technical Data

Input Impedance: 10 - 47kΩ
Capacitance: 100, 220 or 320pF
Gain Settings: 40dB, 45dB, 50dB, 60dB or 65dB
Noise Floor (@ 40dB Gain): 80dB (A-Weighted)
THD: <0.02%
RIAA Accuracy: Within 0.3dB / 20Hz - 20kHz
Trigger In/Out: 12V, 2.5mm Jack
Inputs: 2x Phono
1x Line In (RCA)
Outputs: 1x Line Out (RCA)
1x USB B
1x Optical
Power Consumption: 100mA DC, < 1W Standby
Outboard PSU: 18V / 500mA DC (UK Plug)
Dimensions: 240 x 72 x 200mm
Weight: 1.78kg

FAQ

What finish options are available for DS2 products?

Read our FAQ to find out about our other finishes

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:

  • Black
  • Silver
  • 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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