Pre Box DS2 Digital

£695.00
  • Phono stage (MM/MC), Line In on board
  • 5x digital Inputs: 1x USB, 2x optical, 1x coax, 1x Bluetooth (aptX)
  • Top grade AK4490 D/A chip (32-bit PCM 768kHz / DSD256)

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DS2 Line

The Pre Box DS2 Digital is the ultimate system hub. This stylish, compact pre-amplifier boasts ultimate flexibility thanks to its built-in phono stage, 32-bit DSD-capable DAC, Bluetooth receiver and separate headphone amplifier.

Based around the same AK4490 D/A converter as the new DAC Box DS2 Ultra, the Pre Box DS2 Digital accommodates USB, Optical and Coaxial inputs for playback of high resolution music files up-to 32-bit /768 kHz PCM and DSD256 (DoP). The AK4490 from Asahi Kasei Microdevices is a high-end converter with five digital filters built-in for further tailoring of the sound, and all PCM signals are up-sampled to 768kHz for optimal fidelity and minimal signal loss. Similarly, the AK4137EQ sample-rate converter features three “sound modes” for ultimate personalisation.

The use of this chip-set alongside Pro-Ject’s advanced knowledge of analogue sound means the Pre Box DS2 Digital is capable of delivering rich, musical sound-field with accurate bass reproduction and minimal distortion.

In addition to the advanced DAC features, the Pre Box DS2 Digital also boasts a built-in phono stage with Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) compatibility. The simple switch on the front panel makes the pre-amplifier compatible with a wide range of turntables, and the knowledge acquired through Pro-Ject’s coveted Phono Box range ensures the sound is exactly as you’d expect from a premium analogue hi-fi system. The built-in Subsonic Filter also adds a roll-off filter, for complicated environments.

The Pre Box DS2 Digital boasts many more conveniences including the aptX® Bluetooth receiver for high-quality wireless streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices. But on top of the various input options, there’s also an array of output options available to suit any type of system.

With one fixed analogue output, a variable analogue output, a sub-woofer output and dedicated 6.3mm headphone jack output, the Pre Box DS2 Digital can serve a variety of functions to suit any hi-fi system. There’s also an optional +6dB Gain boost for added impact in the audio output.

The Pre Box DS2 Digital is easy to control either by the front panel, or the supplied remote control. The 12V trigger output on the back panel allows for other compliant devices (such as the Amp Box DS2) to switch on and off when the Pre Box DS2 Digital is controlled.

Combined, all these features work to make the Pre Box DS2 Digital the most versatile pre-amplifier and DAC available today. But in addition to the great features, it also delivers a true audiophile performance that perfectly complements the signature Pro-Ject sound, with a foot-tapping, musically involving soundstage.

Key Features:

  • Premium pre-amplifier with extensive inputs and settings
  • Built-in phono stage (MM/MC)
  • Analogue Line input
  • Four digital inputs (1x USB, 2x optical, 1x coax)
  • aptX® Bluetooth for wireless streaming
  • Premium AK4490 DAC chip (32-bit PCM 768kHz / DSD256)
  • Up-to 32-bit / 768kHz asynchronous USB playback (XMOS technology)
  • DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 playback (DSD over PCM)
  • Up-to 24-bit / 192kHz for optical & coax inputs
  • Five selectable digital filter characteristics
  • Three selectable sound modes
  • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm socket)
  • High-end ultra low phase oscillator with superior noise rejection
  • RCA line level (fixed or variable) solid-state analogue output stage
  • Ultra linear & ultra low-noise circuitry
  • Available in various finish options (read our FAQ)

Technical Data

Function: Pre-amplifier with built-in DAC and Phono Stage
Digital Inputs:  1x Coax (S/PDIF)
2x Optical (TOSlink®)
1x USB B
Bluetooth (aptX)
D/A Converter: AK4490 32-bit PCM 768kHz / DSD256
Sampling Rate Converter:  AK4137EQ Upsampling to 768kHz
Sampling Rates: 32 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 /
176.2 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 / 768 kHz
DSD Support:  DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Selectable Filters: 5
Analogue Inputs: 1x Line In (RCA)
1x Phono Line In (RCA)
Phono Stage: MM / MC Compatible
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -1dB)
THD: 0.00085%
Analogue Outputs: 1 x Variable Out (RCA Pair)
1 x Fixed Out (RCA Pair)
1x Sub Out (RCA)
1x Headphone (6.35mm Jack)
Output Voltage: 2.2 Veff
Crosstalk: -117dB (10kHz @ 0dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 113dB
Power Consumption: < 1W Standby / 600mA Max.
Outboard Power Supply 18V / 1000mA DC
Dimensions (Incl. Sockets): 240 x 72 x 220mm
Weight: 1.91kg

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 Pre Box DS2 Digital 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. 

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