Pro-Ject has expanded its family of “boxes” with the Phono Box E BT5 model. This is quite a budget preamplifier-phono stage for MM cartridges, but with actual additions.
Firstly, the novelty switches not one, but two inputs – the input of the corrector itself and the linear one. Secondly, she gives them to two exits. The first is a regular 3.5 mm line output, which can be connected to any amplifier as usual. The second is a Bluetooth 5.0 streamer module with support for aptX and aptX HD codecs. The device is ready to stream the sound of the record to a smartphone, and in good quality.
Thus, the novelty will add the functionality of the Pro-Ject VT-E model in the BT version to any turntable equipped with an MM cartridge. On its own, the Phono Box E BT5 delivers 74 dBA (A-weighted) noise and a THD of 0.04% or better. The novelty is powered by an external 18 V source, its dimensions are: 120x32x100 mm.
The Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 phono preamplifier will cost about $180.