DAC Box S USB

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Reviews

Pro-Ject Dac Box S USB, iCreate, Issue 126

iCreate, Issue 126

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Comments of Note:
“When working in GarageBand , however, and listening to high bitrate tracks through iTunes, we noticed an impressive boost. The little box managed to bring out some details we hadn’t heard before and everything sounded clean even at higher volumes.”
“...if you’re looking to get the most from your music you won’t be disappointed by the Pro-Ject DAC Box s USB unit.”
“A well-built box that gives impressive audio results”

Box Design DAC Box S USB, Hi-Fi Choice, Jan 13

Hi-Fi Choice, January 2013

Reviewed by: Richard Black
Feature: Mini Test - Budget DACs
Overall Score: 4.5/5 Stars, Recommended

Comments of Note:
"Intelligently, the unit scans all three when first turned on and locks to whatever is active - you can of course subsequently switch manually between them."
"Using any of the three inputs, this is a lively little device."
"But unlike many examples of energetic hi-fi, it doesn't seem to sacrifice detail in its quest for excitement and it's always possible to hear what's going on behind the main melody."
"Upbeat and rhythmically assured, this versatile DAC is consistent across sources and brings plenty of resolution to the party as well as toe-tapping essentials."

Box Design, DAC Box USB, What Hi-Fi? Ult. Guide 2012

What Hi-Fi?, 'Ultimate Guide to New Technology 2012

Feature: DACs > Best of the rest up to £500
Score: 4/5 Stars

"The midrange is spacious enough to give a singer some room to breathe, and treble is bright and clear without becoming particularly splashy and overbearing."

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Box Design DAC Box USB, What Hi-Fi? 2011

What Hi-Fi?, 2011

Feature: 'First Tests'
Score: 4/5 Stars

Comments of Note:
(This review was conducted while the DAC Box USB was in its original form. The technology used in the 'S' version is the same; the differences lay in the aesthetic and the standby power usage.)

"This gives a clean and controlled listen, with a happy disinclination to overemphasise any part of the frequency range."

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Box Design DAC Box USB, Hi-Fi Choice, Awards 2010

Hi-Fi Choice, Awards Issue 2010

Reviewed By: Richard Black
Score: 4/5 Stars

Comments of Note:
(This review was conducted while the DAC Box USB was in its original form. The technology used in the 'S' version is the same; the differences lay in the aesthetic and the standby power usage.)
"Operation is perfectly straightforward, with the one button on the front cycling round the three inputs."
" Pro-Ject makes a point of this DAC being able to extract bit-perfect audio from your computer if you install ASIO drivers, available from the Pro-Ject website."
"...we found ourselves easily falling for the unit's general enthusiasm."
"Hooked up to a computer-based source, though, it makes a good deal of sense in the best tradition of fun-lovin' budget audio and in that case the S/PDIF inputs could be handy now and then. All-in-all, another useful Box!"

Box Design, DAC Box USB, Hi-Fi News, Nov 2010

Hi-Fi News, November 2010

Reviewed By: Paul Miller
Score: 'Editor's Choice'

Comments of Note:
(This review was conducted while the DAC Box USB was in its original form. The technology used in the 'S' version is the same; the differences lay in the aesthetic and the standby power usage.)
"...this 'DAC Box USB' is its most versatile and universal digital Box to date... it does accomodate three (USB, optical and coaxial) digital sources up to 24-bit/96kHz via S/PDIF and 48kHz via USB 1.1."
"...as my lab tests showed, low-level resolution via USB is actually marginally superior to the conventional S/PDIF inputs."
"Even the perennial bug-bear of digital audio - jitter - is lower via USB..."
"Affordable it may be, but the sound of the DAC Box USB is far from 'budget' in its rendering of acoustic space and detail."
"Its imaging is impressively precise too..."
"High-quality but affordable USB DACs are rather thin on the ground in our experience, so this new addition to Pro-Ject's 'Box Design' series is very welcome."