Pro-Ject MaiA DS3 Integrated Amplifier Keeping It Compact

Keeping It Compact

Pro-Ject's original MaiA, or 'My audiophile integrated Amplifier' [HFN Nov '14], was the brand's first 'all-in-one' solution, incorporating MM phono, three line, three S/PDIF digital, USB-B and BT inputs into a very slim 206x36x165mm (whd) case. A small Class D module from Japan's Flying Mole, and outboard wall wart, ensured the amp (priced £399 for 2x25W/8ohm) was cool-running despite being super compact. Rated at 2x40W/8ohm, the £699 MaiA DS [HFN Mar '16] was an upgraded version of the original MaiA and the first to be squeezed into the squarer form factor of Pro-Ject's burgeoning 'Box' range of mini separates. The company's Box Control app, for both Android and iOS, was introduced at the same time, connecting to the MaiA DS via Bluetooth.


The MaiA DS still used Class D modules from Flying Mole but, fast forward to 2023, and the latest MaiA DS3 is rated at twice the power (2x80W/8ohm) courtesy of its beefier Class D modules and more substantial 36V outboard PSU brick [pictured]. The MaiA DS3 is assembled to a very high standard by Pro-Ject's 'partner' factory – Canor spol s.r.l in Slovakia [HFN Nov '22] – but its compact footprint belies the growing size and weight of that PSU. PM

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