Pro-Ject Releases MaiA DS3 and Stereo Box S3 BT Amplifiers
Pro-Ject's MaiA DS3 and Stereo Box S3 BT amplifiers promise bang-for-buck quality without needing much room.
Out of Pro-Ject's new MaiA DS3 and Stereo Box S3 BT offerings, the former is the main event and is the follow-up to the original MaiA integrated amplifier. Although compact, MaiA DS3 boasts an impressive nine inputs, which should cover most music lovers' needs.
Measuring just 206 x 71 x 240mm, the MaiA DS3 is said to be able to power even demanding loudspeakers thanks to boasting 140W of power per channel into 4 ohms (80wpc into 8 ohms). Moreover, the sub output allows you to add a dedicated woofer and take the low-end duties away from your stereo pair. The amp even has fixed and variable output RCA jacks for multi-room sound.
Vinylistas will appreciate the built-in phono preamp that accommodates both MM and MC cartridges alongside three additional line-level inputs. Furthermore, digital sources are offered a coaxial input, a pair of optical inputs and a USB input for the onboard DAC, which handles up to 32-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD256 files.
Meanwhile, for those looking to send tunes from their mobile device, Bluetooth aptX HD streaming is on hand. Finally, for those into late-night listening, there is a fascia-mounted 6.3mm headphone socket connected to the onboard headphone amp with a stated output of 2 x 430mW at 32ohm (1%THD).
Pro-Ject Stereo Box S3 BT
As you might have already guessed, the 103 x 37 x 115mm dinky Stereo Box S3 BT adds Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD for wireless playback from a phone, tablet or computer.
Additionally, you have the option of two sets of line-level inputs on the back panel to connect components by cable.
It might be the same size as the S2, but the S3 BT boasts more power, clocking in at 40W per channel into 4 ohms alongside and less distortion (< 0,12% at 5W / 4 ohms). This is output via speaker terminal posts that accommodate 4mm banana plugs, spade connectors or naked wire.
Pro-Ject boldly claims the diminutive Box S3 BT can compete with amps four times its size regarding power, so it should at least be enough to rock your bookshelf speakers.
The MaiA DS3 is available in silver or black finishes and sells for AUD $1,999 RRP. It will be available in 2023 and will sell for NZD $2,199 RRP. Also available in black or silver, the Stereo Box S3 BT sells for AUD $649 / NZD $729 RRP.
StereoNET’s resident rock star, bass player, and gadget junkie. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION
Want to share your opinion or get advice from other enthusiasts? Then head into the Message Forums where thousands of other enthusiasts are communicating on a daily basis.
CLICK HERE FOR FREE MEMBERSHIP
Each time StereoNET reviews a product, it is considered for an Applause Award. Winning one marks it out as a design of great quality and distinction – a special product in its class, on the grounds of either performance, value for money, or usually both.
Applause Awards are personally issued by StereoNET’s global Editor-in-Chief, David Price – who has over three decades of experience reviewing hi-fi products at the highest level – after consulting with our senior editorial team. They are not automatically given with all reviews, nor can manufacturers purchase them.
The StereoNET editorial team includes some of the world’s most experienced and respected hi-fi journalists with a vast wealth of knowledge. Some have edited popular English language hi-fi magazines, and others have been senior contributors to famous audio journals stretching back to the late 1970s. And we also employ professional IT and home theatre specialists who work at the cutting edge of today’s technology.
We believe that no other online hi-fi and home cinema resource offers such expert knowledge, so when StereoNET gives an Applause Award, it is a trustworthy hallmark of quality. Receiving such an award is the prerequisite to becoming eligible for our annual Product of the Year awards, awarded only to the finest designs in their respective categories. Buyers of hi-fi, home cinema, and headphones can be sure that a StereoNET Applause Award winner is worthy of your most serious attention.