Tube Box DS

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Pro-Ject Tube Box DS, Hi-Fi Choice, February 2015

Hi-Fi Choice, February 2015

Feature: Group Test - Phono Stages £200 - £659
Reviewed By: Andrew Simpson
Sound Quality: 4.5 Stars
Value For Money: 4.5 Stars
Build Quality: 5 Stars
Features: 5 Stars
Overall Score: 4.5 Stars, Recommended

Comments of Note:
“all in all, this is a highly versatile, well made and easy to operate product.”
“While the Pro-Ject certainly lets its valves cast their analogue spell on the music, it becomes obvious quite quickly that it has been engineered to retain certain nuances that you’d also attribute to solid-state designs.”
“the slightly warm tonality it brings to the music across both of its MM and MC circuits makes for an equally inviting listen.”
“the DS ensures these higher notes are wrapped in silky textures to prevent them from becoming sibilant or grainy, which makes the music sound all the more natural.”
“On the Ásgeir Trausti track, everything is given space to breathe and there’s no sense of any two sounds or instruments competing for your attention.”
“LIKE: Plenty of features; smooth valve sound”
"Well built and fully loaded, the DS adds valve amp flair without breaking the bank”

Pro-Ject Tube Box DS, Hi-Fi World, July 2013

Hi-Fi World, July 2013

Rating: 5/5 Globes

Comments of Note:
"The Pro-Ject Tube Box DS seems to be one of those products that gently persuades the listener that its way is the right way."
"I could perhaps criticise it for having a warmish tonal balance and slightly softened extreme high frequencies, but that would miss the point if its innate musicality and convincing presentation of music."
"I found it hugely enjoyable to listen to regardless of the genre, age or condition of what I played through it."
"At £425 it is something of a bargain, and  if you are looking for a phonostage at this price point, then look no further. absolutely recommended."
"For: Driving rhythms. Fast, tuneful bass. Multilayered imaging."

Pro-Ject Tube Box DS, Hi-Fi Choice, June 2013

Hi-Fi Choice, June 2013

Feature: Choice Extras
Score: 5 Stars

Comments of Note:
“The Pro-Ject (Tube Box DS) is cleaner and more neutral than expected, and nowhere near as warm and euphonic as its close rival.”
“Feed it some clean, punchy rock such as David Bowie’s Fashion, and the Tube Box (DS) shows itself to be a very accomplished performer with a wide sound stage and lots of details within.”
“Dynamic contrasts are strong, and you certainly get a great sense of the music’s rhythm.”
“Overall, here’s an excellent product at the price, one that gives a taste of tubes without the noise and input gain issues – while retaining the low noise of solid-state.”
“As such it’s a decent bit of kit and well worth auditioning, preferably with the cartridge you intend to use it with.”