Pro-Ject A/D Phono Box S - Pro

Pro-Ject A/D Phono Box S - Pro
Pro-Ject A/D Phono Box S
Dear music lover,
thank you for purchasing an A/D Phono Box S from Pro-Ject Audio Systems.
In order to achieve maximum performance and reliability you should study these instructions for use carefully.
Warning of a hazard for the user, the unit or possible misuse.
Important notice.
Safety instructions
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.
Setting the cartridge mode
The phono amplifier can be used in either MM (for moving magnet and high-output MC cartridges) or MC (for
low-output MC cartridges) mode according to the construction principle of the pickup cartridge to be used.
Since most cartridges use the MM principle the phono amplifier is factory set to operate in this mode. To find
out which type your cartridge is please consult the literature accompanying your cartridge. If in doubt please
consult your dealer.
A switch at the back of the phono amplifier sets the correct level of amplification for the cartridge.
Before setting MM / MC mode the unit must be disconnected from the power supply and amplifier.
Make all connections whilst the phono amplifier 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.
Do not connect the phono amplifiers output to a phono input (sometimes labelled gram, disc or RIAA)
on the amplifier.
Never use any other power supply than the one supplied with the unit.
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Connecting the record player or a line level source
Connect the tonearm signal lead to the sockets Phono-In of the phono amplifier. The earthing wire of the
tonearm signal lead may be connected to the screw terminal if you encounter hum problems when using the
record player. The signal lead of a line level source has to be connected to the socket Line-In.
Connection to the amplifier
Connect the Out of the phono amplifier to a line input (such as AUX, CD, Tuner, Tape or Video) on your
Connection to the amplifier over S/PDIF
Use optical cable for digital connection to your amplifier. A computer has to be connected with A/D Phono
Box S and turned on to activate S/PDIF output.
Following settings have to be done in Computer to achieve desired behaviour (example for Windows 7 and
Windows 8):
Open Control panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound and open tab Recording.
Choose "USB Audio CODEC" and click on Properties. Open tab Listen check the checkbox Listen to this
device and choose "Speakers (USB Audio CODEC)" as a playback device.
Mains power connection
Connect the low voltage plug from the power supply to the Power 18V DC socket of the phono amplifier
before connecting the power supply to the mains.
Front panel controls
To switch on from standby or to standby
The push button on the left hand side will toggle the phono amplifier between its fully operational status and
standby. The blue LED above the stand-by push button shows that the unit is switched on.
Input selector
Pressing the push button next to the two LEDs to switch between the inputs 1 (record player) and 2 (line level
source). The selected input will be shown by the corresponding LED on the phono amplifier.
Setting the record level
In case of distorted playback of the recorded music, the level of the analogue signal going to the
A/D converter can be reduced with the level control (Gain) on the front panel.
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Connecting to a Computer
Connect the USB-output of the unit to a free USB-socket on your computer and turn it on/make sure it is
powered on.
The “new hardware found assistant“ will automatically detect the unit and announces it as a Microphone USB
audio codec. There is no need to install a driver manually.
After installation, one setting has to be done. For example - Windows 7® operating system:
 Control Panel  Sound  Recording  Microphone USB Audio CODEC  Properties 
Advanced: set to 2 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)
Please note: Connection should be made to an USB-socket of your computer directly. Connecting to
USB-hubs or switches can cause problems.
Recording Programme
In case you do not have a recording programme installed on your computer, you may download one free from
the Internet. Recording programmes can be found easily by searching Google or Yahoo.
In the menu of the recording programme, source or input may have to be set to Microphone USB audio codec.
Please be aware that downloads from the Internet are made entirely at your own risk. Under no
circumstances can Pro-Ject Audio Systmes carry responsibility or provide support for third-party
software products sourced from the internet or for any damage or problems arising from the use
thereof. All downloads should be checked with an up-to-date anti-virus programme. License fees may
be applicable.
Technical specifications Pro-Ject A/D Phono Box S
Typical for low output MC cartridges, B typical for MM or high output MC cartridges
Input capacitance/input impedance, MC: 100ohms/120pF A
Input capacitance/input impedance, MM: 47kohms/120pF B
Gain, MM:
Output voltage typically:
300mV/1kHz at 3mV (MM input)
Gain, MC:
Output voltage typically:
300mV/1kHz at 0,3mV (MC input)
Gain, line level input:
Max. output
9,5Vrms / 1kHz
Noise floor, MM / MC:
94dB (A weighted) / 75dB (A weighted)
<0,01% / <0,05%
RIAA-equalisation curve accuracy:
20Hz - 20kHz / max. 0,5dB
A/D converter:
Burr Brown PCM2904 16-Bit Delta Sigma
Sampling rates:
32, 44,1 and 48kHz
USB output:
5 pin mini b connector (USB cable supplied)
USB signal:
digital serial data protocol USB 1.1
Operating systems:
Windows XP®, Windows VISTA®, Windows 7®, Windows 8®, Mac
Inputs (Phono-In / Line-In):
1 pair RCA/phono sockets / 3-pole 3,5mm co-axial jack
1 pair RCA/phono sockets
1 x S/PDIF optical
Noise floor:
Dynamic range:
Outboard power supply:
18V/500mA DC
Power consumption:
100mA DC, <1W in standby
Dimensions W x H x D (D with sockets): 103 x 36 x 104 (115)mm
580g without power supply
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Potential incorrect use and fault conditions
No signal on one or both channels:
No connection between player and phono amplifier or amplifier. This could be due to a faulty plug,
broken wire or solder joint or simply loose plug/socket connection.
Strong hum:
No earth connection from cartridge or arm, or arm cable to phono amplifier, or earth loop.
Output too quiet or too loud, or distorted:
MM / MC mode incorrectly set - input overloading or insufficiently amplified.
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 if the problem cannot be resolved there, the unit should
be sent to the responsible distributor in your country.
The manufacturer accepts no responsibility for damage caused by not adhering to these instructions
for use. Modification or changes 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 © 2014. 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®, 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.
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