Turntable - Pro-Ject The Classic
To celebrate their 25 year anniversary in 2016, Pro-Ject Audio Systems decided to combine traditional design with modern technology in a brand new turntable model. Aptly-named 'The Classic', it's a sleek, compact and elegant turntable based around the "frame" design first popularised by the likes of Thorens and Linn in the 1950's and 60's, but implemented with the innovative technologies Pro-Ject have become known for.
The two-plinth frame design allows the motor to sit in a separate plinth to the bearing and tonearm, reducing the unwanted transference of electrical and mechanical noise. The two medium-density fibre plinth sections are isolated from each-other with the use of specially selected Thermo-Plastic Elastomers (TPE). The use of TPE, rather than the spring-loaded method of historical designs, makes The Classic effortlessly simple to set up while retaining anti-resonance properties.
The idea of anti-resonant structures also carries through to The Classic's platter. The general layout was inspired by the iconic Debut platter assembly, but the main platter has been significantly upgraded to a special aluminium alloy version which is internally lined with TPE damping. The sub-platter and bearing are also similar to the Debut design, but the tolerances are far tighter for The Classic, resulting in a higher-quality performance.
The Classic also boasts a radical new tonearm design, inspired by the production processes developed for the award-winning RPM 3 Carbon turntable. The tonearm tube is made from a sandwich composite of carbon and aluminium. The carbon fibre gives the arm rigidity, speed and reduced mass, while the aluminium delivers better overall damping. The tube is then supported by a new bearing assembly with ultra-low friction and wider movement for improved tracking. The nickel-plated counterweight not only looks fantastic, but it's also TPE-damped to ensure the arm remains acoustically neutral. The Classic tonearm can also be VTA and azimuth adjusted to suit almost any modern pick-up cartridge.
The Classic is supplied as standard with the Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge, which has been developed exclusively for Pro-Ject Audio Systems. This popular moving-magnet design allows The Classic to perform to a high standard right out of the box, and also offers upgrade options as your musical journey continues. The Classic is also supplied with a fitted dust cover, a junction box for easy cable upgrades and the Connect-IT E RCA cables. The three finishes (eucalyptus (black), rosenut and walnut) also mean The Classic can fit into any decor.
- Belt drive anniversary turntable with multi-plinth design
- MDF plinths (top plinth has metal layer 'sandwich' finish) separated by TPE suspension
- Height adjustable decoupling feet
- Precision balanced, TPE-damped aluminium-platter
- 9” carbon fibre/aluminium tonearm with MM & MC compatibility
- New tonearm bearing design with Japanese ball bearing (base of tonearm) and vertical cable outlet for unhindered arm movement
- Ultra low friction Zircon pin-point cardan tonearm bearings (top & side)
- Fully adjustable azimuth and VTA
- TPE-damped counterweight
- Supplied with Ortofon 2M Silver phono cartridge
- Classic wooden chassis in three matte finishes (walnut, rosenut, eucalyptus)
|Replacement Stylus:||Ortofon 2M Silver Stylus|
|Fitted Cartridge:||Ortofon 2M Silver|
|Nominal Speeds:||33 / 45 RPM|
|Speed & Variance:||33: 0.15%
|Wow & Flutter:||33: 0.11%
|Platter:||300mm Aluminium (TPE-lined)|
|Main Bearing:||Stainless Steel
(Bronze Bushing with Teflon bottom)
|Effective Arm Length:||230mm|
|Effective Tonearm Mass:||13.5g|
|Tracking Force Range:||10 - 30mN|
|Included Accessories:||Dust Cover, Felt Mat, RCA Cables|
|Power Supply:||15V / 1.6A DC|
|Power Consumption:||5.0W / <0.5W Standby|
|Dimensions:||460 x 131 x 351mm (Lid Closed)|
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|Built in Phono Stage||No|