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Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

Pro-Ject presents the two new stunning compact CD-players CD Box DS3 and CD Box S3 for spring.

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 high-end CD player

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

Our CD Box DS3, the first component of our completely new DS3 line, can be integrated with existing DS2 products because the dimensions are the same.

The new CDBox DS3 maintains the best features of its predecessors and adds the acclaimed Texas Instruments PCM1796 DAC. The buttons on the face allow easy control – the supplied remote control offers convenience. The high contrast dot-matrix display shows you all the relevant information you need from your favourite CDs.

True Red Book CD Player

The Red Book standard specifies the physical parameters and properties of Digital Audio Compact Discs(CDDA). Compared to DVD or Bluray Disc players, purist CD players are optimized explicitly for 1:1 playback of the Red Book CDDA standard and offer higher performance.

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

CD-80 Blue Tiger Servo

A CD drive can only be as good as the servo which controls it. It‘s the brain that controls the CD player‘s muscles. Our Blue Tiger CD-80 servo developed by Stream Unlimited is the most advanced dedicated CD servo manufacturer on the market.

Texas Instruments PCM1796 DAC

New DACs often aim for higher bit resolution. Yet many high-end designs and super expensive CD players utilize the famous PCM1796 for its analog, sweet and easy-to-listen sound character. It’s the perfect choice for a CD player aiming to sound as close as possible to an analog record.

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

The CD Box DS3 offers a line-level RCA output for connecting to pre-or integrated amplifiers and two digital outputs to connect to your favorite DAC.

4-Point Intelligent Suspension

The intelligent suspension provides a perfect resonance derivative. Three elastic points isolate the drive from external vibration. High-frequency vibrations caused by the fast movement of the laser pass into the massive chassis via a single hard point.

Rigid Aluminium Case

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Standard stamped metal housings are not torsion-resistant or accurate enough to mount a sensitive CD drive where the laser position must be exact. Our massive aluminium chassis protects the CD drive against vibration and electromagnetic interferences. CD Box DS3 is available in silver and black. Magnetic wooden side panels are available separately.

The cleanest power for your CD Box DS3

The Power Box DS2 Sources is a separately available linear power supply. The power supply is a crucial part of the audio path. Sound staging, the darkness of silent backgrounds, and small detail resolution will improve significantly and contribute to a far better overall performance.

CD Box S3 ultra compact CD player

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3

The CD Box S3 is our first product of the new S3 line. The complete aluminium casework has undergone a significant change & the CD Box S3 introduces our completely new S3 size. The reworked circuit design brandishes a 1,54“ display with a colour inversion feature that shows your favourite CD‘s relevant information. Easily control the CD player with the buttons on the front or the supplied remote control.

A dedicated single CD Player

Compared to DVD or Bluray Disc players, the drive used in the CD Box S3 is designed explicitly for 1:1 bit-accurate CD playback. The new DAC chip provides the best digital analogue conversion with a bit depth & sampling rate up to 32bit/384kHz. The
slot-in mechanism smoothly draws the CD in, and after a few seconds, is ready to play.

Pro-Ject CD Box DS3 and S3


The S/PDIF coaxial output can feed an external DAC for more flexibility and improvement. This way, you can let your favorite high-end DAC convert the accurately transferred bitstream from the CD. The CD Box is the perfect addition to your HiFi system, available in a silver or black finish.

Availability and pricing

The CD Box DS3 is available for MSRP 699 € (incl. VAT) at Pro-Ject dealers March 2022. The CD Box S3 is available for MSRP 399 € (incl. VAT) at Pro-Ject dealers March 2022.


The stated retail price of the reviewed device is valid as of the time of the review and is subject to change.