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Today‘s market is getting overcrowded with lots of wireless streamers. Most of them are only focused on a good App, but the real sound quality is determined by the quality of the DAC and the analogue audio output stage. That's where the the Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 comes in: it is tiny, compact and advanced.
In recent times Pro-Ject has been producing the some of the best micro high-end amps on the market, like the Maia S2 or the Stereo Box S2. For these products, they have now developed a fitting streamer, which matches the sound quality and aesthetics of these amplifiers. It is very easy to use the App, and it has all features of modern-day streamers , including proper multi-room functionality! It offers support for high resolution data up to 24bit / 192kHz, as well as the possibility to connect to multiple Stream Box S2s to form a multi-room setup. The multi-room stream quality remains on CD quality (16 Bit/ 44.1 kHz) which, for multi-room applications, is great audio quality. The possible zones are limited to 10 or 6 zones (Ethernet or WiFi) to ensure a flawless transmission considering the high data rates.
Three different outputs guarantee a flexible solution for every audio chain. A line level RCA output can be connected to a pre-amplifier for purest signal, a dedicated variable output can be connected to active speakers or power amplifiers. The optical output can further pass a digital signal to an external DAC. The Stream Box S2 comes fully equipped with TIDAL and Spotify. With the implementation of Shairport we were even able to give iDevice users out there another possibility to send data to the Stream Box S2. Friends of internet radio will find satisfaction in TuneIn.
Audio Formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, APE, AAC
Internet Radio: TuneIn, iHeartRadio
Streaming Services: TIDAL, Spotify
Supported data protocols: UPnP, DLNA
Multi-room: Up to six devices
Inputs: 1 x USB A, Network (Ethernet, WiFi), 1 x 3.5 mm (Line In)
WiFi Standards: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Outputs: 1 x RCA (fixed), 1 x 3.5 mm (variable), 1 x optical (S/PDIF)
Controllable via: App "Pro-Ject Stream S2" (iOS/Android)
Weight: 375 g (without power supply)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 103 x 37 x 122 mm
In the box
Stream Box S2 network streamer
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Why buy from Instant Classic?
Instant Classic is an online record and music system store from Melbourne, Australia.
We offer great upfront deals as well as Australia's first hifi subscription service. Our returns are no-fuss and we're all about treating our customers how we'd like to be treated.
We're available by email, phone, livechat, WhatsApp - whatever your flavour is. We're online during business hours of course, but we aim to get back to you pretty fast at any waking hour. Usually you'll hear back from us very quickly.
If you don't like your purchase for whatever reason within the first 50 days, we'll take it back! None of this 'product must be in brand new condition' nonsense - we want you to be happy. Just make sure it isn't damaged.
Is analogue better?
Vinyl is a cost-effective way to get into proper audio. Some experts argue it it gives a better experience than digital, with a lack of compression and a naturalness that’s hard to replicate.
Digital relies on a computerised interpretation of sound-waves. Turntables and records, however, maintain analogue integrity by translating these sound-waves into physical grooves and vibrations rather than 0s and 1s.
I liken turntables to coffee. They can be terrible or wonderful.
Rightly done, they'll produce a brilliant sound and last you a long time. But the bad ones sound gross and can damage your records.
It's all about materials and construction. A turntable is a mechanical instrument that needs to measure record grooves in a delicate way.
What to *avoid* in a turntable
This product page will run through what makes the Primary E such an ace deck for the money. But what shouldn't be inside a turntable is just as important as what is. Here's a summary of the things to avoid, and we've got more detail here.
Inbuilt speakers. This is baaaaad. They're small and tinny, so you'll be strangling whatever signal does come out of the record. But also the vibrations being inside the chassis create a feedback loop which goes back into your records.
A tonearm that's too short or made out of the wrong materials - this will interfere with the accuracy of what's embedded in the record. Small platters are bad too - they'll eventually warp your records due to the edge overhang.
Stylus and cartridge that put the wrong pressure on your records or are made out of bad materials. These will distort your sound and potentially damage your vinyl.
Cheaper motors that don't spin precisely in time. You'll hear higher or lower pitch in your music.