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    Default Project Tube Box DS2

    I'm looking to get another phono stage, i've got the original Tube Box and a rather nice Firebottle OTP, but came across one of these and was quite impressed with its flexibility with regard to inputs, outputs, loading etc.

    But are they any good?

    https://www.project-audio.com/de/produkt/tube-box-ds2/


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    All of the Project kit that I have owned or listened to has been very good, and great value for money. Don't see why the DS2 shouldn't be just fine.
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    ive a ds2 usb project phono.. its very good. can be connected up in various ways. all adjustments are via buttons on front. can even play/record in digital on fly
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    I'd agree that the Project gear i already own is very good for the money, i guess what i'm asking is if anyone has one what do they think? and what alternatives for the money should i be considering


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jac Hawk View Post
    I'm looking to get another phono stage, i've got the original Tube Box and a rather nice Firebottle OTP, but came across one of these and was quite impressed with its flexibility with regard to inputs, outputs, loading etc.

    But are they any good?

    https://www.project-audio.com/de/produkt/tube-box-ds2/
    Have a read of this, https://audiofi.net/2019/04/pro-ject...ush-ful-phono/. I have been told they a very good for the price and a major benefit is its flexibilty, so if you have several cartridges and like to swap about you can match it well. Usually you have to pay a lot more for this flexibilty. If you get one then let us know how you find it.
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    I have the ds2 digital, has a dac, phono stage, optical in, usb in, Bluetooth, line in, very good indeed. Also has headphone out that works really well with my Grado 325, although I don't use headphones in the listening room. Some of the little phono boxes are poor but can you expect for £30
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    I've just received one of these. I primarily wanted it for the fact it had two outputs, but it has impressed me so far. Certainly a marked stepup up from the phono stage in the Rega brio r I was using previously.

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    Another thumbs up for the DS2 here.
    Not a glamorous brand, but their phono stages are decent.
    In fact I think Project do a fair bit of good stuff. I get pretty confused with a lot of their budget turntables. Why have so many variations so closely priced together? Also, I think Project have a snob value working against them.
    If they stripped back their product range to concentrate on a smaller core range they may elevate themselves above the “What Hifi” fodder cliche.

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