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CES 2013: Pro-Ject
I have a deep and abiding passion for what I would term "desktop audio". Maybe I just like cute boxes, but I think it's really far more than that. I love my music, I want music when I work, but I can't work in a listening room. I work at a desk, so somehow I have to bring my listening room to my desk. Now, a little USB headphone amp and a pair of headphones gets me a long way there, but where's my FM tuner? I love my Harbeth HL-P3ES-2 speakers, but where's my miniature power amp? What about a little CD player? Hell, what about a little phono stage? Sure, you can go round up small versions of these things, but I want something cool on my desk and not some mumbo-jumbo wad of wires with little boxes strewn about. What I want is a little rack-'n-stack stereo system that looks like shrunken version of my big rig.
Enter Pro-Ject and their very cool looking "Box Design" lines of desktop audio gear. Leading the charge to bring you a complete desktop solution, Pro-Ject CEO Heinz Lichtenegger has created not one, but three complete lines of desktop audio gear from CD players, FM tuners, and file streamers at the front end, to headphone and power amps at the back end, to the all important final touches that really bring things together like rack systems and a remote control. Bottom line: By the time I left the Pro-Ject booth I was salivating to get my hands and ears on one of these systems.
I'll let Heinz tell you about the gear.