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Pro-Ject - MC Step Up Box S3 - Step-up Transformer

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Key Features

  • Sonic upgrade for MC cartridges
  • 1:16 transformer ratio
  • Mu-metal transformer shielding
  • Input impedance matching (10 or 100 ohms)
  • Dual-mono design principle for high channel separation
  • Gold-plated RCA terminals
  • Solid aluminum chassis for RF/EMI shielding
  • Available in silver or black
  • Made in Europe

Pro-Ject MC Step-Up Box S3: Enhancing Your Audio Experience

Pro-Ject's MC Step-Up Box S3 is a remarkable solution for those seeking to elevate the performance of low-output MC cartridges. This innovative device takes a different approach, providing a sonic upgrade without the need for additional power. Here's a closer look at its features, benefits, and specifications.

The Power of Passive Enhancement

The MC Step-Up Box S3 operates as a passive device, eliminating the need for an external power supply. Unlike traditional phono preamplifiers, it doesn't actively amplify the signal. Instead, it utilizes a step-up transformer that boosts the voltage by decreasing the current. This results in a remarkably low noise and distortion level while preserving a lively, dynamic, and natural sound signature.

Why Choose a Step-Up Transformer?

In the past, step-up transformers were essential for handling low-output MC cartridges effectively. Active amplification technologies introduced unwanted noise, defeating the purpose of using a low-output design. Step-up transformers offer a silent, old-fashioned approach to boosting the signal, providing a gain of 21 or 24dB, bringing it closer to the output of MM cartridges. While modern active amplification has improved, there's still a niche of critical listeners who appreciate the unique performance of step-up transformers.

Crafted in Europe for Endurance and Excellence

The MC Step-Up Box S3 is meticulously designed and handmade in Europe. It embodies technical excellence in a compact and purposeful housing. With its timeless design and robust aluminum chassis, this device is built to stand the test of time. Pro-Ject's commitment to high-quality materials and components ensures that the concept of MC step-up transformers is reintroduced with precision and durability.

Technical Specifications

Here are the technical specifications of the Pro-Ject MC Step-Up Box S3:

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – 55kHz (+/- 1dB)
  • Gain at 10-40 ohms: 21dB at 1kHz
  • Gain at 40-150 ohms: 24dB at 1kHz
  • Recommended Load: 47k ohms / 100pF
  • Input: 1x pair RCA phono sockets
  • Output: 1x pair RCA phono sockets
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 206 x 65 x 164mm (standard: 8.11 x 2.56 x 6.46″)
  • Mass (Weight): 940g (2.07 lbs)

The Pro-Ject MC Step-Up Box S3 is a testament to Pro-Ject's commitment to delivering outstanding audio quality and craftsmanship. Its passive design, superior components, and attention to detail make it a worthy addition to any audiophile's setup, bringing the concept of MC step-up transformers back into the limelight.

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