We've been having some fun trying out Pro-Ject's compact hi-fi system: The Maia DS Integrated Amp.
If you take a peek inside any full sized hi-fi component nowadays, you will generally find a lot of empty space. That's because they are all made to a standard size, which was set about 40 years ago (when everything was bigger!)
Pro-Ject have done away with the empty space and created a range of compact hi-fi components that pack in all of the features you could possibly expect from any integrated amplifier: Digital inputs, Bluetooth, analogue inputs and of course a very high-quality phono stage, so that you can get the most out of any turntable that you happen to connect.
So the real question is, do they sound any good? (Hint: YES)
It was a pretty quiet Saturday morning here in our Wellington store, so it seemed like time for some "Product Research" We tried a bunch of different bookshelf speakers to get a taste for what the MaiA DS could do.
Surprisingly, even with very good bookshelf speakers the MaiA DS never seemed strained, but was quite clean and detailed with well detailed bottom end. If you're in the market for a compact and great sounding audio system, come see us in Christchurch or Wellington and have a listen to this little amp. We certainly enjoyed it!
Pro-Ject MaiA DS Integrated Amplifier