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"A Lot of Detail and Insight on Offer"
So why would you need a CD player if you already own a Blu-ray player or DVD player? Because most AV disc players don't offer the kind of audio performance that you can get with a dedicated CD player.
"We found a lot of detail and insight on offer. Perhaps, even more significantly, there's a lot of energy in the sound and it's easy to keep listening for a long session," notes Richard Black in Issue 338 of TechRadar.com. "It punches above its weight and will give good results in more than just office, PC and bedroom systems."
"Truly a Sonic Giant"
The Pro-Ject CD Box S is a slot-loading music player designed exclusively for playing standard 'Redbook' audio CDs, and it does so beautifully. Although it's one of the smallest CD players on the market, the Pro-Ject provides true hi-fi stereo performance. It's truly a sonic giant.
The CD Box S has a high quality, durable, all-metal drive that is essential to perfect CD playback. The servo control is optimized for audio playback, allowing real-time 1:1 playback with minimal jitter. The Texas Instruments TLV320DAC23 24-bit/96 kHz D/A converter with 8-times oversampling uses a direct I2S digital-interface to transport system, contributing significantly to the faithful music reproduction. It offers playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW and Hybrid-SACD discs.
S/PDIF Digital Coaxial Output
The transport section is so good, that the CD Box S now offers an S/PDIF coaxial output, allowing you to connect a high-end digital-to-analog converter if you wish to upgrade later. That's a lot of power and flexibility in a small package!
Unlike some budget players that save money using a cheap plastic case, the Pro-Ject's metal casing protects against vibration and interference for the purest sound quality. The included wireless remote has a convenient volume level adjustment for use with Pro-Ject amplifiers.
"We found a lot of detail and insight on offer. Perhaps, even more significantly, there's a lot of energy in the sound and it's easy to keep listening for a long session."
"It punches above its weight and will give good results in more than just office, PC and bedroom systems."
- Richard Black, TechRadar.com, Issue 338