Phono Box S3 B
Entry-Level True Balanced Phono Stage
A New Access to High-End Features
The New Phono Box S3 B
The Phono Box S3 B is an entry-level phono preamplifier that offers a fully balanced design in a neat, small package. We’ve packed this tiny chassis to the brim with high-end features. One of those is our new True Balanced Connection. At Pro-Ject, balanced connections were exclusive to our RS range of products until now. The Phono Box S3 B brings those features to an incredible new entry level.
Fully Discrete and Symmetrical Gain Stage
The new Phono Box S3 B gain stage uses a fully discrete layout. A discrete circuit is composed of disparate electronic components, and individual devices. The amplifier section is built of single parts and doesn‘t use any integrated circuits! That makes for an extended and more costly design process but results in the best sound quality. The fully symmetrical gain stage can optimize the signal-to-noise ratios, feeding the semi-passive, RIAA equalisation stage with a clean signal to work on.
True Balanced Connection
The symmetrical design is the fundamental standout feature! Connect your turntable via the 5-pin mini XLR cable and enjoy the benefits of a balanced signal path. A truly balanced gain stage can extract the final musical information, effectively filtering out any noise from interferences stemming from our noisy, modern homes (household appliances, wifi & Bluetooth, power cables, audio amplifiers).
For the Entry-Level
Steel & aluminium casework. Fully discrete & symmetrical gain stage. Balanced in & outputs. Cartridge loading options on front panel.
Unleash the full power
Phono Box S3 B is ready for our new True Balanced Connection. Single-ended RCA connections, quite literally, only use half of your cartridge's output. With one of our new True Balanced phono cables and an MC cartridge you'll hear details and dynamics, previously exclusive to only the most expensive phono stages.
Handmade in EU
Made in Europe by technicians, engineers and designers with decades of experience. Expert craftsmanship. Sustainable products with a long lifetime. Audiophile audio performance.
|Input impedance:||10, 50, 100, 1k, 47k ohms|
|Input capacitance:||50, 150, 300, 400 pF|
|Gain (+ 6dB using XLR Out sockets):||40, 45, 60, 65 dB|
|Signal / Noise ratio MM (40dB):||103dBV, 110dBV - 'A' weighted|
|Signal / Noise ratio MC (60dB):||85dBV, 90dBV - 'A' weighted|
|THD at 1 kHz:||<0,001% MM, < 0,005% MC|
|THD (20Hz-20kHz):||<0,008% MM, < 0,01% MC|
|RIAA-equalization curve accuracy:||<0,3dB / 20Hz - 20kHz|
|Subsonic filter:||at 20Hz with 18dB/octave|
|Input:||1x 5-pin mini XLR / 1x pair RCA phono sockets|
|Line-level output:||1x pair RCA, 1x pair XLR|
|Power supply DC:||18V/500mA|
|Power consumption:||18V/170mA DC, <0.5 W in standby|
|Dimensions:||206 x 55 x 153 (164 with sockets) mm (W x H x D)|
|Weight:||930g without power supply|
“It sounds cleaner and clearer – especially in fully balanced mode”
• For clarity and soundstage, it doesn’t get any better.
EISA Best Product 2022 – 2023
Earlier this year Pro-Ject launched The True Balanced Technology line for phono reproduction. The benefits clearly convinced the EISA jurors immediately. We hope that in the future the whole industry will adopt True Balanced Connection for phono so more and more vinyl enthusiasts can benefit from it. There has never been a better time to enjoy vinyl records than today.
“S for Satisfying“
• There was no doubt that balanced was superior in every way possible. It just went on and on: background noise reduction, openness, a wider and deeper soundstage.
• What I heard in balanced mode, even with the record deck delivering a single-ended output, elevates this purchase to four-figure levels.
• Immediately apparent, for disarming sceptics, were bottom octave solidity and a greater sense of space.
• What balanced operation did was give the voice greater prominence both in terms of its separation from the backing musicians and in three-dimensional terms, moving it slightly forward.
• What matters is that this sub-£2k package came within a whisker of a revered £40k analogue front-end.