E.Man wrote:Well good outcome but the DS- is the one in my budget and this smacks of QC.
Where are they getting them built ?
Or... seeing as you didn't get to try another unit they're all like that.
Was it the DS+ with the display or the DS- with just the buttons on the front ?
DS- with just the buttons. It may well have been a defective unit. The dealer also said he played around with the Tube Box DS when it came in and had problems getting the controls working properly until he called Project and discovered that the documentation stated to do the opposite of what needs to be done to get everything working properly. There was a jumper on the back that the document said needed to be removed to use the front controls and in fact, you need to make sure it's installed to use the dial on the front!
In my case, there were no jumpers on the DS-. The Tube Box S has jumpers and they work well. I was able to clearly see the resonance peak move downwards as I increased capacitance last night during tests with pink noise from the hifi test lp. Although they recommend the 150pf setting for the Ortofon 2M Red in the web version of their manual (strangely, the simple sheet that came with the unit was missing the "typical" recommendations in the web version). I found that my 2M Black balanced nicely with the 50pF setting with just the +2dB hike up around 18k that I saw mentioned in reviews of the cartridge.
I listened to the phono box s quite a bit last night and I'm really thrilled with its sound. I'm noticing many fine details in the high end that never seemed to be there before, plus the bass is solid and full. The air around the instruments and sense of space is interesting. With my old CA 640P, I was getting a good sense of ambiance and depth, but it sometimes seemed a bit disembodied or something hard to describe. With the new one, it's just as strong if not moreso, but the whole thing seems unified, or rather the instruments seem better placed throughout the ambient field.