New Balanced Phono Boxes and X8 Turntable from Pro-Ject
The newly announced Phono Box DS3B, Phono Box S3B and X8 Turntable from Pro-Ject A aims to offer listeners a truly balanced experience, resulting in dynamic sound, less noise, and improved signal-to-noise ratios, says the Austrian company.
The Phono Box S3B and Phono Box DS3B round out Pro-Ject's complete line of balanced phono stages. Both offer a versatile MM/MC phono stage that features dual-mono circuitry, a fully symmetrical discrete gain stage, and balanced inputs and outputs. As most Pro-Ject turntables offer a completely balanced signal from the cartridge to the junction box, a truly balanced signal results in lower noise.
Previously only available in more costly phono preamps, balanced inputs allow the quietest connection between a moving coil cartridge and the phono stage. The new phono boxes uphold the reputation of high value and high performance the Pro-Ject brand is known for.
The new X8 Turntable is Pro-Ject's high-end solution with major technical features adapted from the Xtension 9 and 10 models. The X8 includes a TPE damped mass-loaded platter, which is precision machined and balanced out of a single piece of aluminium, partially supported by opposing neodymium magnets which decreases the load on the main bearing.
Pro-Ject says this massive, perfectly balanced platter works in concert with the precision ceramic inverted main bearing to create a smoothly rotating base for your vinyl with perfect speed stability.
Like all Pro-Ject Audio Systems products, the new models are handcrafted in Europe and expected to be available in Australia from August 2022. Local pricing is set at X8 ($3199 AUD, $3499 NZD), PBS3B ($599 AUD, $649 NZD), and PBDS3B ($899 AUD, $979 NZD).
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.
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