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Re­leased last year in a strictly lim­ited edi­tion to cel­e­brate the 175th an­niver­sary of the Vi­enna Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, the Pro-ject 175 turntable reprised its de­but at CES 2018... which would seem to in­di­cate that there are still some mod­els left from the pro­duc­tion run of 175… prob­a­bly not so sur­pris­ing given the ask­ing price of $US8,999.

The wooden chas­sis of the 175 is lac­quered with the same type of lac­quer used on vi­o­lins, while the gilded metal chas­sis is made of ma­te­rial sim­i­lar to that used in the manufacture of brass mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. The ton­earm’s fin­ger lift echoes the de­sign of a clar­inet key and Pro-Ject says that the speed-change con­trol ‘comes from a flute but­ton.’ Ac­cord­ing to Heinz Licht­eneg­ger of Pro-Ject (whose com­pany, like the Vi­enna Phil­har­monic, is based in Vi­enna), the 175 is based on Pro- Ject’s multi-award-win­ning Clas­sic player. ‘ The de­sign team has im­proved ev­ery tech­ni­cal de­tail, and pro­duced the 175 ac­cord­ing to Pro-Ject’s high­est stan­dards of build qual­ity, with the tight­est tol­er­ances,’ he said.

Each Pro-Ject 175 is sup­plied with a mov­ing-coil car­tridge made for it by Orto­fon, based on its top-of-the-line Cadenza Se­ries. ‘ It has an ex­tremely mel­liflu­ous sound, re­flect­ing the goal of this col­lab­o­ra­tion: to ap­prox­i­mate as closely as pos­si­ble the sound of the world-fa­mous Vi­enna Phil­har­monic,’ said Licht­eneg­ger. If you’d like to buy a Pro-Ject 175 while they’re still avail­able, you have a choice of two colours—‘Dark Cello’ or ‘Bright Vi­o­lin’—and af­ter you’ve paid, Pro-Ject will at­tach a gilded plaque en­graved with the se­rial num­ber and your name to the turntable plinth. The 175 is avail­able only by spe­cial pre-order. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact In­ter­dyn:­ter­

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