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Pro-Ject Audio HEAD BOX MK2

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Pros: Feels well built

Cons: Removes detail from music

For it's size it's a very heavy piece of equipment. I compare the weight to holding a 1 litre bottle of water in the hand. It's like a mini tank.

For testing it, my source is a Xonar D2X using foobar 2000 w/asio. I'm using HD 600 headphones, a FIM audiophile reference disc and McIntosh audiophile reference disc.

Without this amp, with the HD 600s straight into the Xonar, music has a lot of clarity and feels very precise, it's easy to appreciate the sound. The xylophone in Canon in D - All Star Percussion Ensemble on the FIM disc sounds very clear and very distinct, it is easy to pick out the separate instruments and there is a lot of fun listening to everything in this piece. The violins in Starker plays Kodaly from McIntosh Audiophile Test Reference #02 sound beautiful. You get a lot of detail and it almost feels like you can see the strings.

When going thru the amp things change. The audio quality lessens and the clarity in the top range has disappeared, the highs aren't there like before. The xylophones don't sound as real nor distinct. The instruments blend in together a bit so it's not as easy to separate them by their sound and enjoy each one individually as it is without the amp. The violins in Starker Plays Kodaly on the McIntosh cd sound plain, they've lost the luster and detail and there is no distinct part to focus on.

The Head Box brings out more lows in your music so you hear more/lower bass which benefits rock and beat heavy music. I did some testing using a Christina Aguilera CD (Stripped - Beautiful) and the bass is fuller and has more attention with the amp but the audio quality suffers and her voice lost detail. It blends in with the instruments so it's not as easy to focus on.

I would recommend this amp for people who listen to tracks of wind blowing or tracks of people stomping their feet. If your headphones or source are low quality then you have nothing to lose and this amp will do it's job. If your headphones and source are high quality then you don't want this amp, the loss of quality makes it unusable. The more quality in your setup, the more you'll not want your setup to be brought down to the quality of this amp.

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Pros: Does well with cans in the same price range.

Cons: Doesnt work good with 300 ohm+ headphones

Good deal for the buck if You got headphones for 100-200$ with impendence below 300 ohm. (Sennheisers work well with project), I tried it with HD 555 and HD 202 both really sounded well.

 

Test against AKG K701 ended ... not very well, they sounded boring and flat, even thou producer claims Head Box can deliver 60mW/300 Ohms, it's not a match for hi-end headphones.

 

Design is simple looks a little like DIY.

 

Price seems good for it's sound and quality but in case of solid state I would consider giving extra 70$ for Schiit Asgard.

Pro-Ject Audio HEAD BOX MK2
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The Pro-Ject Head Box Mk2 is Pro-Ject's latest assault on getting audiophile toys into every home in America! At this price there's now no excuse not to have a headphone amp in your home! Featuring RCA inputs and outputs, plenty of gain to drive almost any set of headphones, a very low signal to noise ratio and a gorgeous case, the Head Box Mk2 is sure to please. We're not sure how Pro-Ject can afford to make a product this substantial at a price so low, but buy one quick, before they come to their senses!

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