Hifi World were highly impressed quoting :
EXCELLENT - extremely capable.
VALUE - keenly priced.
VERDICT It’s difficult not to like this little player, which will give many a chance to rediscover their CDs - instead of throwing them away
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The CD Box S3 is the first product of Pro-Ject’s new S3 line. Not only is the circuit design reworked, the case has also been significantly changed and the CD Box S3 introduces a completely new S3 size. Besides the new full aluminium casework, the CD Box S3 also features a 1,54“ display with colour inversion function which shows you all relevant information you need to enjoy your favourite CDs. Easily control the CD player with the buttons on the front, or with the supplied remote control.
In contrast to DVD or Blu-ray Disc players, a pure CD player is frequently better in the playback of stereo CDs. The drive in the CD Box S3 enables 1:1 bit-accurate CD playback. The all new DAC chip provides the best digital analogue conversion with a bit depth & sampling rate up to 32bit/384kHz. The slot-in mechanism smoothly draws in the CD and, after a few seconds, it is ready to play. For even more versatility and no limits, the S/PDIF coaxial output can feed an external DAC. This way, you can let your favourite high-end DAC convert the accurately transferred bit stream from the CD.
The CD Box is the perfect addition to any HiFi system.
I love the form factor of this little CD player, it looks terrific.However I had to send mine back to get fixed as the display would often show 2 things at once.Sometimes when putting a cd in and before pressing play, it would play a blast of the first track then stop. Then on pressing play it would continue from the point it stopped.The remote doesnít really work unless your really close and get the perfect angle.The buttons donít work that well either, sometimes I have to press the power button 7 or 8 time before the unit powers up and the other buttonís arenít much better.Since sending it back for repair, nothingís really changed which is a shame as when it does play, it sounds great.My main problem is that I LOVE the look of the project hi-if equipment and despite all the above I might give the ds3 version a go to see if itís any better.-------------- *Update from customer - 04/05/2023I would like to update it to a 4 star review as I have recently purchased a new remote from direct from Henly audio and that part now works like a dream. I clearly had a faulty remote and from the looks of things it was also an order model.I still get the odd screen burp but I love this CD player.Could you let me know how I can update my review and I'll gladly do so.Thanks and best regards
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