Phono Box USB V: Top specialist for recording vinyl & line level sources and listening pleasure!
Phono Box USB V is an ideal phono preamplifier for both your hifi system and vinyl or line-level recording to PC or Mac. MM and MC cartridges will be welcome. Input volume can be set to avoid override. The analogue output of Phono Box USB V can easily be connected to a line-input (AUX,...) of your hifi and digitally via USB to your computer. Both outputs can be used simultaneously. Any professional recording software will give best results on Windows and Mac computer systems.
• Preamplifier for MM or MC with switch on rear panel
• Precise RIAA equalisation
• Phono/line selector on front
• Record level adjustment
• High quality A/D conversion with USB out to PC/Mac
• Compatible with Windows®, MacOS® & Linux
• SMD technology for shortest signal paths
• Output stage with ultra-low impedance
• DC power supply (< 1 watt standby power)
• Available in black and silver
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The combination of Project Audio’s Essential III Phono and a set of Audioengine speakers means your first venture into the world of analogue audio can be purchased for ‘Pennies on the Dollar’. The inclusion of inbuilt phono turntables and powered speakers is perhaps one that came with the resurgence of vinyl’s popularity. Not everyone these days is looking for big, bulky systems of the 70s Hifi aesthetic, nor can we all afford them either. A lot of people now accustomed to the minimalism of small Wifi speakers and docking stations are looking for analogue options without all the extra bits and bobs. Enter actives and turntables with phono stages. Four components for the price of two, and a much easier, cleaner way to enjoy the beauty of vinyl records.
We’ve given you two options with this stunning new package: Audioengine 2+ active speakers or their bigger, more badass Bluetooth upgrades, the HD3s. Now, the 2+’s are no slouch. These guys are serious little active speakers capable of delivering quality audio for a fraction of the price. They image well, the bass is still significant given their size, and they offer a sub out option should you require more in the future. So they’re dope. But if you’re wanting a little more grunt for a bigger space, a little more detail, better image capability and the convenience of Bluetooth, the HD3’s are your weapons of choice. In addition to the improved sound quality and additional features, the HD3’s also come in a beautiful walnut timber finish. It’s another feather in the cap of a truly stunning set of speakers. Either way you go, they’re perfectly married to Project Audio’s all-new Essential III turntable, available in three separate colours. It’s a killer combo, no doubt, and a truly respectable first step into the world of analogue audio.
Project Audio’s Essential III is the latest phono release from the Czech turntable manufacture, replacing the Debut Carbon as Project’s first audiophile-grade offering in the line up. What makes the new Essential range so good is that Project have moved away from particleboard in their plinth and platter constructions and instead gone with a more premium grade material, MDF. This further dampens vibration and improves the sonic quality of your deck. They’ve also upgraded the cartridge and cables, going with Ortofon’s OM10 over the OM5, replaced bearings, improved motor electronics as well as the turntable’s ground links. Project really have reworked this table from the ground up. But not only that, it now comes in three high gloss finishes, red, white and black, ensuring the Essential III looks as good as it sounds.
But perhaps what gives the Essential III the nod over competing tables of its grade are the little additions you can apply over time. Both platter and cartridge upgrades can be made on this turntable, significantly improving the sonic quality of the Essential III well into its lifespan. Switch to either Ortofon’s 2M Red or 2M Blue and welcome the richer bass, the snappier highs, the improved detail in your imaging. Cartridge quality has an enormous affect on overall sound quality, pulling more information from your records and delivering you greater audio dynamics. And if you’re looking to upgrade cartridges in the future, an equally valuable addition to your turntable is an acrylic platter. Upgrade to a Project Acrylic-it E and the soundstage instantly becomes bigger and more open, further improving both detail and presentation. These are the differences its competitors simply don’t match, making the Project Essential III with Phono a major cut above the rest.
Weighing in at just 15 x 10 x 13cm, the A2+’s are well and truly the baby brothers of Audioengine’s extensive active speaker range. But that doesn’t mean they don’t bite. These little guys offer truly impressive audio for their relatively quaint size. There’s a great deal of difference between mass production and custom built, small batch products, the former almost always disappointing in its performance. So it’s good to know that the A2+, along with its fellow actives within the AE range, are hand built products using quality materials designed with the single goal of exceeding expectations both in value and performance. And boy do they perform.
With the same custom tweeters used in the A5+ range (a speaker almost double the size and price of the 2+), Kevlar woofers wrapped in wood cabinets with three hand polished finishes and tuned front port slots, the Audioengine 2+ speakers offer superb soundstage and imagining. There’s a serious amount of drive in these pint-sized speakers and a surprising level of low-end, charging their way through all genres of music with the confidence and clarity of speakers twice their size.
Along with A2+’s superb sound quality you’ll receive two meters of speaker cable (the right speaker powered by the left’s 2x 15W inbuilt amplifier), USB input, 3.5 AUX input, RCA input and RCA output for the potential addition of a subwoofer. Don’t be fooled by their small stature, the A2+ is stacked with features. But perhaps what’s most impressive about these speakers is the quality of their materials and finish. Just picking up one of these speakers you’ll immediately notice the weight, their stout construction, the quality of the terminals used and the beauty of their finish. These are not production line plastic actives. They’re seriously affordable, seriously well built active speakers batting well above their grade.
Audioengine’s HD3’s really do pack a punch for such small active speakers. Originally designed as desktop monitors, the HD3’s are pretty subtle bookshelf speakers. However, they’re anything but that when it comes to their punch. The HD3’s really do offer room-filling sound, perfect for any bedroom or modest living space. Their beautifully finished, hand-built timber cabinets come in three different colours: Satin Black, Walnut, and Cherry. Included are three inputs (stereo RCA, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, USB), an RCA variable output for the optional inclusion of a subwoofer, and of course a Bluetooth receiver. A point of difference to competitors within the active speaker world is that the HD3’s are powered by a dual analogue, class A/B monolithic amplifier. Most, if not all, active speakers on the market are powered by digital amplifiers. There’s a subtle yet distinct difference in the audio signature between these two makes of amplifier, with class A/B coming out on top. So not only do they pack a punch for such a small speaker, they’re incredibly detailed for such a modest price point too. And they image! They image really really well.
Often at the lower end of the price spectrum (knowing full well that 600 bones is a tidy sum for any vinyl junkie on a budget), manufactures skip the little things that really add up, things like packaging, finish, materials, etc. Presentation really! Not Audio Engine. The HD3’s and their additional components come wrapped in these beautiful little felt covers. The speaker grills are magnetic, a touch often missed by a lot of competing brands (if they’re included at all). And when you pick up each speaker you’ll immediately notice their weight. Now, it’s not exactly law, but there’s a common understanding in the audio game that the greater the component's weight, the greater the quality. And the Audioengine HD3’s are quite weighty for their size. They’re a firm, well finished speaker that sounds absolutely beautiful. Well worth the money they’re asking.
The biggest contributor to better sound quality is your stylus (needle). Higher quality styli track the grooves of the record with greater accuracy and pick more information from it, in turn offering better dynamic range. And what all that means – in plain English, of course – is you get sweeter and sweeter tunes with better and better needles, so don’t be expecting no wonders from a cheapy.
Now, if you wrap your smackers ‘round Pro-Ject’s DC Debut Carbon turntable with the Ortofon 2M Red you’ll notice it’s a hundred and ninety bucks worth of stylus upgrade for a fraction of the price. Yup, we’re just throwing away money here. But, wait, because there’s a good reason for this. Sure, you can get a Debut Carbon with the stock styli and it’ll be really nice. And, sure, for a lot of first-timers really nice is, well, a really nice place to start.
We’re talking records here, guys. Vinyl bloody records – LPs, 33s, shiny black wax poured from the golden chalice of the music gods, themselves. Nobody wants nice. If we wanted nice we’d’ve kept our CDs. We want ball-tearing, bad arse tunage (insert Jack Black death metal head bashing here). We want deep luscious baselines, extension in our midrange, and a Smith’s crinkle cut kind of crispness from our highs. You didn’t come to the promised land of vinyl to f#$k around. You wanted better sound quality, and you’re damn well gonna get it with a 2M Red.
This is not just the highest selling turntable in the world, this is the highest selling turntable in the world with a kickass 2M Red on it. So forking out a few extra dollars now is going to give you a lot bigger sound in the long run. Drop into Fitzroy to pick one up direct or buy here online. Your ears will thank you. Your mum will thank you. Sh!t, even Ozzy will thank you.
Powered speakers are all the rage these days. With the influx of high density housing our living space has significantly reduced. But just cause you’re sacrificing space doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your sound quality, too. The biggest problem getting big sound from active speakers is efficiency. A small bookshelf housing isn’t a whole lot of room for a big juicy amplifier. Even some of the smallest bookshelf speakers from certain manufactures need a whole lot of power to give them adequate detail. But not Klipsch. This is where Kilipsch come into their own. Efficiency has been Klipsch’s M.O for the last 70 years, and what this means is they don’t need a big, powerful amplifier to get a whole lot zip out of their bookshelf speakers. So while the amplifier in the R-15s is small, the speakers themselves honk. Easily one of the best – if not the best on the market.
Now, when you add an inbuilt phono stage, optical inputs for your television, bluetooth, and an optional sub out (for all those bass heads out there), you get a whole lot of hifi for very little equipment. And it’s why these bad boys are quickly becoming one of our most popular home hifi solutions. They do it all. And to top it off they pack a whole heap of punch in the audio department. You wedge a serious little turntable between these two killer speakers, like the DC Debut Carbon with 2M Red, and the neighbours’ll be wondering where you’ve hidden the hifi rack and towers. Yes, Klipsch have been pissing off the neighbours since 1946 and there’s no signs of them slowing down. They’re not going to let a little thing (pardon the pun) like high density housing stand between them and banging out some hefty tunes. So if you’re strapped for space, or you simply like the streamlined look of two black speakers and a jet black table, this is the package for you.
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High quality recording of analogue media on computers!
Our aim was to design a product which is very flexible and allows converting precious vinyl records or analogue tapes to computer. This digital copy acts as an indestructible back up and archive of valuable and beloved audio collections and extends lifetime of rarity records and tapes.
Storing music in computer offers the possibility of removing clicks, eliminating noise from old and wearing recordings. Data from computer can be burned on CD and also can be used in cars and with mobile devices as smartphones, tablets etc.
A front-sided input selector allows to select desired inputs: Phono or Line. Signal from selected input is present on analogue output. This function allows to connect AD Box S2 Phono permanently in an HiFi system, use it as standard phono preamplifier and in case of need you can convert your records to digital data, stored in your computer. Record level adjustment is extremely helpful, because signal source scans significantly vary in level of their output voltage. Such big differences in voltage level can easily overload input of an A/D converter what is hearable as a distortion.
On the other hand, if the AD Box S2 Phono converter is not fed with proper level of the signal, the sound will loose resolution. This is the reason why level of the signal on ADC input must be set carefully. Due to its outstanding audio quality and valuable features, AD Box S2 Phono is the perfect partner for recording of analogue sources.
The Acryl It E is made from acrylic and features a satin finished surface. It's super easy to upgrade - Just exchange your pre-existing platter for the Acryl It E. Unlike many platters, where you will need to place a felt met between record and platter to damp resonance, you can put your record directly on the acrylic surface, with nothing in-between. Any unwanted vibrations in your record are transferred to the platter where they dissipate. Very smart!
Turntable not included - Pictured for demonstration purposes only.