Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 phono preamp allow play vinyl via Bluetooth

The Austrian company Pro-Ject has expanded its family of “boxes” with the Phono Box E BT5 model. This is quite a budget preamp/phono stage for MM-cartridges, but with actual additions.

Firstly, the Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 switches not one, but two inputs – the input of the corrector and the linear one. Secondly, Phono Box E BT5 gives them to two outputs. The first is a regular 3.5mm line output, which can be connected to any amplifier as usual.

The second is a Bluetooth 5.0 streamer module with support for aptX and aptX HD codecs. The device is ready to stream the sound of the record to a smartphone, and in good quality.

Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5

Thus, the Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 will add the functionality of the Pro-Ject VT-E model in the BT version to any turntable equipped with an MM cartridge. On its own, the Phono Box E BT5 delivers 74dBA (A-weighted) noise and a THD of 0.04% or better. The novelty is powered by an external 18V source, its dimensions are: 120x32x100mm.

Availability and price

In Europe, the Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 phono preamplifier already available for order and cost 150 euros.

Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT5 Specifications

  • Input impedance: 47 kOhm
  • Input capacitance: 100 pF
  • Gain phono (MM): 43 dB
  • Input sockets: 1 x Phono (RCA) + 1 x Line-In (3,5 mm)
  • Output sockets: 1 x Line-Out (3,5 mm) + 1 x Bluetooth
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 88 dB (A weighted)
  • THD (total harmonic distortion): < 0,04%
  • RIAA deviation: innerhalb/within von 0,5 dB / 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Bluetooth: V2,1, EDR
  • Outboard power supply: 18V/500mA DC; 220 – 240V, 50 Hz
  • Standby power consumption: < 1 Watt
  • Power consumption: 100 mA DC
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 120 mm x 32 mm x 100 mm
  • Weight: 250g without power supply