Project MaiA

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.