Australian Hi-Fi



Pro-Ject’s precious-sounding MaiA stands for ‘My Audiophile Integrated Amplifier’ and, eight years on from its introducti­on into the market, aims to be as versatile as ever in its third generation.

Again, the Austrian brand has been generous with the feature set of the deceptivel­y small stereo amplifier, combining a DAC, phono stage, Bluetooth receiver, headphone amp and, of course, an integrated amp within its petite chassis.

Featuring eight analogue, digital and wireless inputs, the MaiA S3 offers three RCA line-levels, one moving magnet phono stage based on Pro-Ject’s Phono Box, and three digital inputs fed by a Cirrus Logic CS4344 DAC chip, which can handle files up to 24-bit/192kHz. There’s also a Bluetooth 5.0 receiver with aptX HD support. Needless to say, that should satisfy the needs of most source requiremen­ts.

The amp section delivers 40 watts per channel at 4 ohms (or 23 watts at 8 ohms) and benefits from improved low-noise circuitry and a dual mono design at its core. Thanks to the variable pre-amplifier output, the system can also be expanded with a subwoofer or separate power amplifier.

The front of the MaiA S3 is clean and uncluttere­d, providing source selection, a 6.3mm headphone socket for private listening, and a central analogue volume control with a motor-driven potentiome­ter.

The new, highly compact aluminium casing is slightly larger than previous generation­s, measuring 5.5 x 20.6 x 17.6cm (hwd), and has been designed to visually complement other S3 range components that Pro-Ject would undoubtedl­y love to see all neatly stacked together.

The Pro-Ject MaiA S3 will be available shortly with an expected $1,000 price tag.

For more informatio­n, contact Interdyn on (03) 9426 3600 or visit

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