Preamp & DAC: The Pro-Ject MaiA Pre is a small preamplifier/DAC combo
with ultimate input flexibility, that is designed to be used with either active
speakers, headphones, or any high quality power amplifier. Despite its small
size, 9 source devices can be connected simultaneously offering analog & digital
input options. A high-quality 24-bit/192kHz DAC is used for its USB, digital,
and Bluetooth connections. No matter which input you choose, you'll get a
natural & lifelike sound.
Low Output Impedance Preamplifier: The MaiA Pre offers a special low
output impedance pre amplifier output stage (< 100ohms) to drive long NF cable
lengths without loosing quality.
24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Pro-Ject MaiA Pre utilizes a Cirrus Logic
24-bit/192kHz multi-bit delta-sigma type DAC (CS4344) for exceptional sound
quality from the unit's USB-B input, optical & coaxial digital inputs, and
Asynchronous USB-B Input: The Pro-Ject preamplifier/DAC provides a
USB-B input to connect your Windows PC or Mac computer for playback of
compressed and high-res music files stored on your laptop or desktop. The unit's
USB-B input bypass the inferior DAC in your computer and utilizes the
24-bit/192kHz DAC of the MaiA Pre for exceptional sound quality. Asynchronous
technology allows the digital clock inside MaiA Pre to control the flow of data
coming from your computer. This method of communication leads to less jitter
(timing errors) for the unit's built-in DAC to deal with which results in
clearer more defined sound.
Note: Windows PC will require a USB Class 2 driver that is installed on
the included CD-ROM. Mac computers do not require a separate USB driver.
Built-in Bluetooth: The MaiA Pre offers built-in Bluetooth for
wireless music streaming of stored music and music apps on your
Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop,
and more. The MaiA can pair with up to 8 Bluetooth devices, but only one can be
used at a time. You'll still continue to use your Bluetooth device to control
music playback and view song/artist information.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not
support all features when used with the Pro-Ject MaiA Pre.
Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Pro-Ject MaiA Pre features two
optical (toslink) digital inputs and one coaxial (RCA) digital input to connect
your Blu-ray/DVD player, cable/satellite box, game system, or TV. These digital
inputs will accept 2ch PCM only. The optical digital inputs support up to
24-bit/96kHz, while the coaxial digital input supports up to 24-bit/192kHz.
Line-Level Inputs: The MaiA Pre includes two sets of stereo RCA inputs
for connection of an analog audio device, like a CD player, AM/FM tuner, or tape
deck. There is also a stereo minijack (3.5mm) input for connection of a portable
Phono Input: The Pro-Ject preamplifer/DAC is equipped with a Phono
input for connection of a turntable with an MM or MC cartridge.
Line Output: The Pro-Ject MaiA is fitted with a stereo RCA line output
to connect to a power amplifier or powered speakers.
Headphone Jack: There is a 1/4" headphone jack on the front-panel for
connecting a set of headphones (16-600 ohms).
Simple Control: The Pro-Ject MaiA Pre includes an IR remote control
for wireless operation of the preamplifier/DAC. Control options include Power
On/Off, Input Select, and Volume Up/Down. These same controls are also located
on the unit's front-panel.
Metal Chassis: The MaiA Pre features a metal casing which effectively
protects against interferences. The MaiA Pre is available with silver or black
AC Power Adapter: The Pro-Ject MaiA Pre operates off of standard
household current using the supplied external AC power adapter.