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impact to the drum thwacks
that open Paul Simon's
Graceland and Rhythm of
the Saints (on " The Boy in
the Bubble " and " The Obvious
Child, " respectively), for
example, and they thumped
with authority through the
CD Box S3.
The jungle-evoking soundscapes
on Rhythm tracks
such as " The Coast, " " Proof, "
" She Moves On " and " Born
at the Right Time " with
Simon's Latin American musicians
were enveloping. None
of the omnipresent percussion
gets overshadowed or
lost when listening through
this system, even highpitched
pieces like triangles.
Instrumentation is very well
defined and spacious within
the imaging, something that
struck me with virtually every
CD I popped in.
That nuanced rendering
enabled me to enjoy following
individual instruments
- and vocalists as well -
more throughout a song,
making the sum of the parts
sound more robust. Hearing
bigger, better bass lines
from the stand-mount Paradigm
speakers impressed
me. The combination of
the Concerto, Anthem gear
and Crimson cabling lets
me crank up the system
without any distortion, and
the Pro-Ject unit held its
own producing cleanly and
clearly at high volumes.
It was fantastic hearing
extra little layers of detail in
CDs as varied as U2's Rattle
and Hum, Bruce Springsteen's
We Shall Overcome:
The Seeger Sessions, 10,000
Maniacs' Our Time in Eden
(Natalie Merchant's vocals
sounding ever-so lush),
Phish's Rift (isolating baritone
bassist Mike Gordon's
fun backup singing on " Sparkle " ),
The Band's Northern
Lights-Southern Cross
(absorbing every low and
high note of the groove-laden
" Ring Your Bell, " with
great imaging of vocals split
between Levon Helm, Rick
Danko and Richard Manuel),
and Jerry Garcia/David Grisman's
eponymous acoustic
duet release.
That last one is an
exceedingly well-recorded
album, but every bit
of plucking from Garcia's
acoustic guitar and Grisman's
mandolin seemingly
offered more vibrancy and
decay, giving tracks like " The
Thrill Is Gone " and " Friend of
the Devil " added depth.
Rattle and Hum showcased
the range of performance. It
sounded glorious between
Larry Mullen Jr.'s dynamic,
hi-hat heavy drumwork that
anchors the music whether
it's hard-driving on " Desire "
or gentle brush strokes of
" Love Rescue Me " ; to weighty
tambourine and gospel chorus
backing Bono on the live " I
Still Haven't Found What I'm
Looking For, " especially the
left/right channel male and
female soloists near the end;
to the gritty vocal interplay
belted out between Bono
and B.B. King on " When Love
Comes to Town. "
There's fiddle, piano and
horns surrounding Springsteen
on " O Mary Don't You
Weep " on We Shall Overcome,
and you can really hear
how the band jelled interpreting
Pete Seeger's work overall.
The raucous song reaches a
part where it's just Springsteen
solo, and his dead-center
image, soft strumming and
breathy singing are stunningly
captured as if he were standing
a few steps in front of me.
For a small component, the
The rear panel includes RCA and digital coaxial outputs for
connecting via line-level analog or to an external DAC.
CD Box S3 achieves big impact.
Pro-Ject might be better
known for its turntables
but it would be interesting to
hear how much more sonic
improvements its higher-end
CD players could make. In
analog and digital setups, the
thought I kept having while
listening was that the CD
Box S3 felt like a high-resolution
experience - not too
shabby for spinning those
shiny disc collections.
cepro.com
SPECS
Pro-Ject CD
Box S3
Aluminum chassis
RCA line-level analog
output
Coaxial S/PDIF digital
output
1.54-inch color display
Slot-load CD mechanism
Dimensions roughly 8.1 x
2.2 x 6 inches (W x H x D)
Available in black or silver
finish
Remote control, power
plug & multiple outlet
adapters
pro-jectusa.com;
$549
CE PRO
VERDICT
PROS: Highly affordable
at $549; can use in analog
or as digital transport;
full, detailed, dynamic
presentation with great
spaciousness, definition and
imaging; ultra-compact size
CONS: Remote was
difficult to add battery;
occasionally took more than
double-tap of stop button
to eject a disc
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