With all the press and reviews surrounding the Nad 3020D and Quad Vena, this little wonder box from Project has crept in under the radar.
A compact 25w per channel amplifier hides in the sleek Box Design casing. For modern digital sources, MaiA incorporates a high-grade DAC chip capable of handling up to 24-bit/ 192kHz digital audio. The single Coaxial and two Optical sockets (Optical inputs are limited to 24-bit/ 96kHz) are situated alongside a USB Type-B socket for integrating computer audio into your hi-fi.The USB connection uses XMOS® asynchronous USB streaming up to 24-bit / 192kHz from a PC or laptop to turn your computer into a true hi-fi source.
Combine that with built in APT-X Bluetooth, 3 Analogue inputs and a high quality MM Phono input for your turntable, the MaiA really has got all the bases covered.
All these features mean nothing though unless it sounds good. Pro-Ject’s extensive knowledge of analogue audio has produced a sound signature that is surprisingly analogue in its feel, and it retains the foot-tapping engaging performance that has made Box Design a worldwide success in recent years. The low-noise circuitry, Flying Mole amplifier modules and surprisingly powerful output make this an amp that’s really easy to match with any good-quality speakers.
Ooops, I forgot to say it also has a 6.3mm headphone socket and remote control. And a choice of Black and Silver finishes.