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Project Pre Box RS Preamplifier

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Super Wammer

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Had the pleasure of listening to this in my system courtesy of AlexA. Anyone looking for a small form factor pre or indeed a new pre under £600 should listen to this. It has VALVES in it too.

Do not let the size or name put you off. XLR balanced in and out. Remote volume and input selection.

Anyone with active speakers needing more than a single input this is ideal.

Slightly light and more forward than the Graaf but only a fraction of the price and that was with us deliberately looking for weaknesses. Capable of tonality, soundstaging with depth, rock solid imaging. Two hours in and still getting better so I suspect once the casework all reaches the same temp, as with the Graaf, is when it will sound at its very best.

Very well put together. Altogether far better than you might expect.

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Guest Alex A

Thanks for the opportunity to try it with your kit Mike. :^

I've had this for about a month. It replaced a Music First TVC preamp, running a pair of Event Opals. I bought it speculatively based purely on the spec, and I'm happy to report that it sounds superb in my system and drives the Opals perfectly. I was interested to see how it compared with Mike's GRAAF in a passive speaker system. It took a little while to warm up and come on song but once it had, it acquitted itself extremely well. For the money it's magnificent.

Being Pro-Ject, it's a little under the radar here. But the spec speaks for itself: Balanced (3 XLR inputs and 3SE inputs), Class A, Valve, Alps Blue pot, Remote Control. Valves are Electro Harmonix 6922. You're looking at least twice the RRP for something of equivalent spec used, or at least 4x the RRP for a new equivalent.

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Looks impressive and very nicely built.

Shame they've put the wrong 'CE' mark on it, though. I'm sure it's not actually made in China...

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Just bought one of these in Silver to try with Event Opals - mightily impressed out of the box. As you say complete bargain.

Thanks for the lead.

Out of interest is there a significant run-in time?

I also noticed that Pro ject advertises a PSU in their catalogue - I've enquired as to the availability of this as I would be interested in giving it a try

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Interesting,that does look a bargain.I wonder,has anyone heard the matching power amps that Pro-ject make also?

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Just bought one of these in Silver to try with Event Opals - mightily impressed out of the box. As you say complete bargain.

Thanks for the lead.

Out of interest is there a significant run-in time?

I also noticed that Pro ject advertises a PSU in their catalogue - I've enquired as to the availability of this as I would be interested in giving it a try

Glad you like it. :^ I'm still using mine and no inclination to look for anything else for the Opals. It's ideal for the job. I can't recall there being a long run-in, though I did let it play on repeat for a couple of days when new.

Please post an update re. the power supply availability. I've been waiting for that to come out as the standard PSU is the only 'non-premium' element of the design, so a decent linear supply could elevate it further.

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Guest BD Audio

I've been championing Project RS gear for ages, its top banana!

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Wow, that very Pro-ject was on my radar a couple of months ago.

Chuffed to learn that it's rated highly by several wammers.:^

I must reinstate it on my shopping list. It's looking like a real bargain now.:love:

SS

ps: does its internal layout facilitate tube-rolling? Anyone tried yet?

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The valves are soldered to a small section of PCB and mounted horizontally. You could swap them out but it wouldn't be easy, and would almost certainly invalidate the Warranty. Best left alone unless/until one fails IMO.

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Few internal shots for those interested:

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Had this reply from distributor - might see if I can persuade my wife to take a short break in Munich ha ha...

Thank you for your email. We're expecting to see final product samples at the Munich High-End Show in May. From this date, I expect them to be available 4-6 weeks later depending on delivery schedules.

You can register your interest with a Box Design stockist, who can help pre-order if you wish. Our Where To Buy tool can be found here... http://www.henleydesigns.co.uk/ui/dealer/dealer-search-list.aspx

NB I've had the pre on a constant loop - after 12 hours it went quite muddy - after now c 30 hours it is sounding rather wonderful.

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update: Henley Designs have also offered for me to trial one of the new PSU's when they come out - I tempted them by offering to do a quick review on the Wam :whistle:

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The valves are soldered to a small section of PCB and mounted horizontally. You could swap them out but it wouldn't be easy, and would almost certainly invalidate the Warranty. Best left alone unless/until one fails IMO.

how many hours do you think they would last , presumably one has to send back to the factory for replacement

hi fi choice did a review here

https://docs.google.com/a/interdyn.com.au/file/d/0B1-ODTJdxnndUGJEZXdOb3NJcjA/edit?pli=1

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