The Pro-Ject Juke Box S2 is a vinyl record player with integrated phono stage, a Bluetooth receiver, a pre-amplifier and a power amplifier all in one stylish, compact chassis. Requiring only a set of speakers to make a complete hi-fi system, the technology, performance and level of convenience on offer defies belief.
Like with the popular Juke Box E, the record player itself is based on a modified version of the popular Pro-Ject Primary design. While requiring no complicated set-up, the Juke Box S2’s turntable section boasts advanced acoustic upgrades over the E model – such as the new Pick-IT 25A cartridge, based on a modified Ortofon OM 10 design, and the Acryl-IT E acrylic platter. The end result is a true hi-fi turntable with minimal fuss, simply install the belt and you’re ready to spin!
Thanks to Pro-Ject’s Box Design electronics range, the Austrian company have a superior knowledge of compact hi-fi amplification, so built into the Juke Box S2 is the same premium integrated amplifier as the Pro-Ject Juke Box E, with plenty of power and dynamic sound on offer. Boasting 50W per-channel output, the amplifier has a moving-magnet phono stage built-in. There’s also a wireless Bluetooth input for CD-quality streaming from a compatible smart device, and an additional Line input. So any modern source can also be added to the Juke Box S2 system.
The Pro-Ject Juke Box S2 has been developed with the same intentions as the original Juke Box E design, but aimed at a more premium price point. What this solution offers is easier access to the joys of vinyl playback without compromises. Many other manufacturers have attempted similar “convenience” products, but they fall down due to one of two reasons. First, many have built-in speakers, which causes too many vibrations in the turntable chassis and around the cartridge body, impacting on the overall audio presentation. Second, many users connect a turntable to a pair of active speakers – but the issue here is that you can only run an RCA cable for around 1.2m before you begin to experience signal loss. So in this way, the speakers are still very close to the turntable and you can suffer from the same vibration issues. Juke Box S2 solves these problems by retaining the convenience and the better acoustic performance of separate speakers, but it allows you to position the speakers further away from the record player. Thanks to Juke Box S2, any vinyl enthusiast can enjoy the true wonders of vinyl hi-fi stereo without any complication.
With gold-plated RCA connectors and isolated speaker terminals on the back panel, the Pro-Ject Juke Box S2 carries with it a sense of prestige and legitimacy. The same can also be said for the overall construction, thanks to the thick, heavy wood plinth (available in Walnut or Eucalyptus), luxury aluminium pulley, included removable dust cover, special decoupling feet and the intuitive display panel on the top-chassis.
Operation is simple thanks to the volume and input information shown on the display, and the 32-step digital potentiometer – with added push function for switching inputs – allows you to set playback at exactly your desired volume. For times when the Juke Box S2 is out of reach, the supplied remote control helps with switching inputs and adjusting volume, as well as accessing more sophisticated controls including Bass and Treble adjustment and a Loudness boost.
The Pro-Ject Juke Box S2 delivers a true stereo hi-fi system in a box with the simplest of set-up processes. Supplied in one of two stunning wood veneer finishes, the Juke Box S2 takes a proven concept and expands its appeal to a whole new audience.
Power Output: 2 x 50W (4Ω)
Line Out (Fixed)
Bluetooth (2.1, EDR)
Line (RCA Pair)
Phono Input: For Moving Magnet Cartridges
Replacement Stylus: Pick-IT 25 A Stylus
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Pick-IT 25 A
Drive Principle: Belt Drive
Nominal Speeds: 33/45 RPM (Manual Speed Change)
Wow & Flutter:
Platter: Acryl-IT E
Main Bearing: Stainless Steel in Bronze Bushing
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6″ (218.5mm) Aluminium
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0g
Counterweight: For Cartridges Weighing 3 – 5.5g
Tracking Force Range: 0 – 25mN (Set at 18mN for OM 5E)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 118 x 334mm
Weight: 5kg (net.)