The E-Line of entry level electronics from Box Design by Pro-Ject Audio Systems has two new phono stages in the Phono Box E BT and Optical Box E Phono for vinyl fans who want to integrate a turntable into their digital audio system. Both retail for £89 each.
Built on the success of Pro-Ject’s VT-E BT and later Essential III BT turntables, the Phono Box E BT offers wireless transmission from any turntable with a moving magnet cartridge. Using the same phono pre-amplification circuitry as the Phono Box E, the Phono Box E BT functions just like an ordinary phono stage with precise RIAA equalisation, RCA inputs and a Line level output (3.5mm stereo jack). However, it can also stream over wireless Bluetooth. With a range of 10m, this effectively allows for the turntable away from the disruptive vibrations of the loudspeakers.
The pairing process is said to be effortlessly simple and super-fast, for easy set-up within minutes of opening the box. The housing – available in black or white – is shielded with a metal interior, which protects the unit against radio frequency interference.
Inspired by the Essential III Digital turntable, the Optical Box E Phono connects to the audio system over a digital optical link. With the ever-increasing presence of sound bars, and the ongoing rise in the popularity of digital audio systems, there are many people in the market who may be interested in the vinyl revival but will struggle to integrate a turntable into their existing audio system. The Optical Box E Phono is an MM-compatible phono stage with precise RIAA equalisation, RCA inputs and a Line level 3.5mm jack output. The 24-bit / 96kHz optical output allows for easy integration into a digital audio system.
The Optical Box E Phono plays through the analogue and digital outputs simultaneously, and the inclusion of an additional Line level input allows it to act as an input extender for any hi-fi system. The housing – available in black or white – is also shielded with a metal interior.
Both Boxes are available from Henley Audio now.