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Pro-Ject’s Stream Box S2 Ultra is full of surprises

  • Turntables and flowers – a familiar sight for those visiting Pro-Ject’s large display at Munich High-End. This year, CEO and founder Heinz Lichtenegger’s standing as the world’s largest turntable manufacturer grew a little further with the news-rumour that he has acquired UK electronics manufacturer Musical Fidelity and has been appointed “European ambassador/distributor for Music Hall” (for whom Pro-Ject handles OEM).

    Taking aim at a younger, hipper demographic is Pro-Ject’s increasingly large army of electronics. Here we zoom in on the latest model.

    The Stream Box Ultra S2 is a Raspberry Pi-based network bridge – wifi/Ethernet in, ‘optimised’ USB out – loaded with low noise power supplies that have this fist-sized unit do double duty as a USB pipe cleaner (think: Schiit Wyrd more than AudioQuest Jitterbug).

    When the Stream Box S2 Ultra begins shipping in a month or two it will land with support for UPnP, Roon, Tidal, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, Shairport-powered Airplay and an iOS/Android control app. The unit’s HDMI output is for video only but its utility should not be underestimated. Pro-Ject’s Felix Grill goes deeper on details than the press release:

    Further information: Pro-Ject Audio Systems

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Pro-Ject had acquired Music Hall. This was incorrect. Roy Hall still owns and controls Music Hall with Pro-Ject his new “European ambassador”.

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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