Description

Phono Box DS2 is a highly flexible phono preamplifier that’s suitable for most cartridges on the market, MM & MC alike. Push-button adjustment allows you to easily listen among load & capacitance settings, and front-panel gain simplifies things even further. The enclosure is made of a rigid 2-layer metal sandwich construction that not only shields the circuitry from electromagnetic interference and vibration, but is also pleasing to the eye in its simplicity & elegance. Phono Box DS2 features a linear circuit designed to deliver the best possible sound from a minimalistic PCB, amounting to fantastic dollar-for-dollar value.

Additional information
Weight 1.32 kg
Dimensions 19.4 × 20.6 × 7.1 cm

Features

  • Suitable for MM and MC cartridges
  • Precise RIAA equalisation
  • Dual mono circuitry for optimized channel separation
  • Selectable input impedance on front
  • Selectable input capacitance on front
  • Low noise ICs
  • Gold-plated RCA in & outputs
  • Sandwich alu/metal casing protects from vibrations and electromagnetic interference
  • Colour options: silver and black, optional wooden side panels
  • Handmade in Europe

Specs

  • Input impedance: 10, 50, 100, 1k, 47kohms A
  • Input capacitance/impedance: 47pF, 147pF, 267pF and 367pF */47kohms B
  • Input gain: 40, 45 B / 50, 60 and 65dB A
  • Noise floor: 80dB (A weighted) at 40dB input gain
  • THD: <0,02%
  • RIAA-equalisation curve accuracy: 20Hz – 20kHz / max. 0,3dB
  • Subsonic filter: at 20Hz with 12dB/octave
  • Input: 1 pair RCA/phono sockets
  • Line-level output: 1 pair RCA/phono sockets
  • Outboard power supply: 18V/500mA DC, suitable for your country’s mains supply
  • Power consumption: 100mA DC, <1W in standby

A: typical for low output MC cartridges, B: typical for MM cartridges or high output MC
*Input capacitance is irrelevant for low output MC cartridges.

Reviews

Add relatively low noise levels to the Phono Box DS2’s fine build and insightful nature and you have one of the better phono stages at this level. Its flexibility is likely to have plenty of appeal for some but we think its easy-going nature is what really makes it worthy of a place on the shortlist. – What Hi-Fi?