Pro-Ject in­tro­duces Pri­mary E turntable

Pro-Ject’s most af­ford­able en­try-level plug-and-play of­fer­ing to date

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Vi­enna-based hi-fi spe­cial­ist Pro-Ject Au­dio Sys­tems has a firm grip on the turntable mar­ket, thanks to its im­pres­sive span of mod­els de­signed to ap­peal to vinyl fans on ev­ery bud­get.

The Pri­mary E is the lat­est in a long run of new ad­di­tions to the com­pany’s seem­ingly con­tin­u­ously grow­ing num­ber of turntable mod­els, and at £149 is cur­rently the most af­ford­able in its 48-strong lineup. Orig­i­nally in­tro­duced in 2016, the Pri­mary turntable range is aimed at bring­ing qual­ity au­dio to vinyl fans of all kinds on a tight bud­get, as the com­pany looks to pro­vide an en­try-level deck with a ‘made in Europe’ qual­ity de­sign, of­fer­ing true hifi cre­den­tials to chal­lenge the pile ‘em high plas­tic decks lit­ter­ing cer­tain record and cloth­ing stores.

As with ear­lier Pri­mary decks, the Pri­mary E takes its over­all de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from a merg­ing of the com­pany’s suc­cess­ful El­e­men­tal and Es­sen­tial II turnta­bles, of­fer­ing tra­di­tional aes­thet­ics and high-qual­ity per­for­mance, the com­pany tells us.

The Pri­mary E uses the same 8.6in alu­minium ton­earm as its El­e­men­tal sib­ling, with sap­phire bear­ings for op­ti­mal track­ing. The plinth is fin­ished in matt black and re­mark­ably at the price, in­cludes a de­tach­able acrylic dust cover.

The pre-con­fig­ured ton­earm is en­gi­neered to match the pre-fit­ted Orto­fon OM car­tridge, with

track­ing force or anti-skate ad­just­ments al­ready set at the fac­tory, mak­ing it a quick and easy plug-and-play so­lu­tion for vinyl new­bies or those look­ing to re­turn to the for­mat af­ter a hia­tus.

A di­rect-to-mains 230V mo­tor pow­ers the same perime­ter drive belt sys­tem as the orig­i­nal Pri­mary deck, driv­ing a 300mm wood plat­ter topped with a felt mat while 33 and 45rpm speed change is han­dled man­u­ally by repo­si­tion­ing the rub­ber belt on the mo­tor’s pul­ley.

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