High Quality Headphone Amp with DAC
It looks a little larger than most of the other Pro-Ject 'Box Design' products, and the performance is appropriately huge. The Head Box DS headphone amp with built-in DAC from Pro-Ject is a completely new design that delivers uncompromising sound quality. It's tailor made for computers and other digital sources, but it excels with analog sources, too.
"Kudos to Pro-Ject for making such a high quality high-end headphone amp/DAC that costs so little," reports Tom Lyle in EnjoyTheMusic.com, February 2014. "In every way it transformed my listening experience into a captivating high-end listening experience. At this price, I predict Pro-Ject is going to sell a ton of Head Box DS units."
High End Internal Components
The Head Box DS uses high-end internal components from Burr-Brown, including what Pro-Ject terms "the second-best DAC chip on the market," the Burr-Brown 1792, 24-bit/192 kHz Delta Sigma-D/A-Wandler. Combining the chip with SMD assembly, "We are able to guarantee astonishing high fidelity," notes Pro-Ject.
Three Digital Inputs, One Analog In
The internal D/A conversion offers superb playback for almost any headphone with realistic sound-staging on all volume levels. It has three inputs for three digital sources (asynchronous USB 2.0, S/PDIF coaxial RCA, and Toslink) and one analog sound source. A high-quality front panel display gives full information on current status.
Headphone Out and Line Out
In addition to the high quality headphone output, the Head Box DS offers an RCA line output that can be used with any hi-fi system as cost-effective sonic upgrade for both digital and analog sources.
The metal case shields the electronics from vibration and electromagnetic interference. The luxurious aluminum faceplate is available in silver or black finish.
*Note: head Box DS does not support multi-channel formats like Dolby® AC-3 or DTS™
"Kudos to Pro-Ject for making such a high quality high-end headphone amp/DAC that costs so little. As time marches on, so do advances in not only digital technology, but all realms of audio technology."
"I used the Pro-Ject Head Box DS not only as a review sample, but for listening to music for my own enjoyment in a number of ways, and in every way it transformed my listening experience into a captivating high-end listening experience. At this price, I predict Pro-Ject is going to sell a ton of Head Box DS units."
- Tom Lyle, EnjoyTheMusic.com, February 2014