Pro-Ject Head Box DS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Pro-Ject Head Box DS
Dear music lover,
thank you for purchasing a Pro-Ject Audio Systems´ headphone amplifier.
In order to achieve maximum performance and reliability you should study these instructions for use carefully.
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Warning of a hazard for the user, the unit or possible misuse.
Important notice.
Safety instructions
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AC outlet voltages vary from country to country. Before connecting to the mains, make sure that the
voltage in your area meets the voltage requirements printed on the power supply.
The power supply is used to disconnect the unit from the mains. Make sure that the power supply is easily
accessible at all times. Never handle the device, the power supply while your hands are wet or damp.
Avoid letting liquids enter the device or the power supply. Never place any item containing liquid,
such as a flower vase on or near the device. Never spill any liquid on the device or the power supply.
Never place any naked flame sources, such as lighted candles on or near the device. The product shall not
be used in damp or wet locations, next to a bathtub, sink, swimming pool or any other similar conditions.
Connections
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Make all connections, except the connection to the computer and the headphone, whilst the unit is
disconnected from the power supply.
Take care to connect the left and right channels correctly. The right channel is usually marked red, the
left channel black or white.
Never use any other power supply than the one supplied with the unit.
Connection to the amplifier
Connect the TAPE / RECORD OUT RCA/phono sockets from your amplifier to the In RCA/phono sockets of
the headphone amplifier.
Alternatively analogue sources like CD player or tuner can be reconnected to the In sockets directly.
Digital inputs
Sources with an digital output such as a CD player can be connected to the digital inputs (coaxial and optical).
A computer can be connected to the USB input.
The signal of the connected digital sources can be relayed to an analogue input of the amplifier via the Out
socket.
Connecting to a Computer
Connect the USB-input of the headphone amplifier (unit must be switched on) to a free USB-socket on your
computer and turn it on/make sure it is powered on. The amp will be automatically recognized by the computer *.
For Windows® operating systems a 24Bit/192kHz driver (supplied on CD) has to be installed. Mac OS®
operating systems support 24Bit/192kHz as a standard.
Please note: Connection should be made to an USB-socket of your computer directly. Connecting to
USB-hubs or switches can cause problems.
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Mains power connection
Connect the low voltage plug from the power supply to the Power 18V DC socket before connecting the
power supply to the mains.
Front panel controls
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Please set the volume level to minimum before connecting the headphone.
Minimum impedance of the head phone 30ohms.
To switch on from standby or to standby
will toggle the unit between its fully operational status and standby. After switching on, the USB input will be
selected automatically.
Input selector
Pressing repeatedly selects the inputs in turns. The selected input and the sampling frequency (digital inputs
only) of the input signal will be shown in the display. The sampling frequency shown for the analog input is
irrelevant.
Connecting a headphone
Connect the headphones to the ¼“ (6,3mm ) jack socket on the front of the headphone amplifier.
Volume
Adjust the volume (87 steps) to the desired level using the buttons
the display. -87dB indicates min., 00dB max..
and . The volume level will be shown in
Headphone replay
Use the input selector of the amplifier or the headphone amplifier to choose the source you wish to hear.
24Bit/192kHz driver (Windows® operating systems only)
* For Windows® operating systems a 24Bit/192kHz driver has to be installed.
Insert the CD (supplied with the unit) into your computer drive and follow the installation routine.
Finish the installation by restarting the computer.
After installing the 24Bit/192kHz driver, some setting have to be done.
For example - Windows 7® operating system:
 Control Panel  Hardware and Sound  Sound  Playback: select Project HeadBox DS USB 2.0 Audio Out
 Properties  Supported Formats: make sure nothing is assigned  Level  Sound: setting must be 100
 Enhancements: disable all enhancements  Advanced  Default Format: set to studio quality 24/192
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Potential incorrect use and fault conditions
No signal on one or both channels:
No connection between headphone and headphone amplifier ore amplifier. This could be due
to a faulty plug, broken wire or solder joint or simply loose plug/socket connection.
Headphone does not work:
Headphone volume control is at minimum.
Amplifier Tape-Monitor circuit is not activated.
Technical specifications Pro-Ject Head Box DS
Power output:
Headphone connection:
Signal to noise:
Frequency response:
THD:
Gain:
Headphone jack:
Line-level input:
Line-level output:
A/D-converter:
Supported audio format:
Sampling rates
Optical input:
Coaxial input and USB input:
USB input:
USB signal:
Operating systems:
Outboard power supply:
Power consumption:
Dimensions W x H x D (D with sockets):
Weight:
350mW/30ohms, 60mW/300ohms
>30ohms
112dB (A weighted) at full output
20Hz - 20kHz/-0,5dB
0,00%
9dB
3-pole ¼“ (6,3mm ) co-axial jack
1 pair RCA/phono sockets
1 pair RCA/phono sockets
Cirrus Logic CS4344.
24Bit/192kHz Delta Sigma-D/A converter
PCM (LPCM). No support for formats like Dolby® Digital or DTS™
44,1kHz, 48kHz, 88,2kHz and 96kHz
44,1kHz, 48kHz, 88,2kHz, 96kHz, 176,4kHz and 192kHz
5 pin b connector
digital serial data protocol USB 2.0
Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, Windows 8® and Mac OS®
18V/500mA DC, suitable for your country's mains supply
<1W in standby
103 x 72 x 144 (150)mm
990g without power supply
Service
Should you encounter a problem which you are not able to alleviate or identify despite the above information,
please contact your dealer for further advice. Only when the problem cannot be resolved there should the
unit be sent to the responsible distributor in your country.
Warranty
The manufacturer accepts no responsibility for damage caused by not adhering to these instructions
for use. Modification or change to any part of the product by unauthorized persons, release the
manufacturer from any liability over and above the lawful rights of the customer.
Copyright, trademarks
Pro-Ject Audio Systems is a Registered Trademark of
H. Lichtenegger.
This guide was produced by: Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved.
The information was correct at the time of going to
press. The manufacturer reserves the right to make
changes to the technical specification without prior
notice as deemed necessary to uphold the ongoing
process of technical development.
Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7® and Windows 8® are trademarks of the Microsoft group of
companies. Mac® and Mac OS® are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Dolby® is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. DTS™ is a registered trademark of DTS, Inc.
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