Pro-Ject launches T1 turntables

Turntables to turn heads.

by Andy Bassett Jun 21, 2019 at 7:58 PM

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    Pro-Ject launches T1 turntables
    After an early glimpse of the T1 ranges of turntables at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show in February and an official unveiling at the High End event in Munich last month, turntable specialists Pro-Ject are ready to release them into the wild.
    By the Austrian company’s own admission, the audio market is awash with turntables, a situation that indicates a healthy scene but one that can cause purchasing confusion for the paying customer.

    Pro-Ject aim to remedy that with their T1 turntable which is available in three variants and three finishes. The standard T1 version provides the core ‘affordable-yet-audiophile’ package where a simple plug and play set up is matched with high quality components and build materials. The other variants add extra features if required, so consumers have a say in what they want.

    With decades worth of experience to draw upon, the Pro-Ject has based the T1 around a CNC-machined plinth - essentially, precision cut using computer controlled machines - which reduces unwanted vibrations by ensuring there are no internal hollow spaces.

    The belt drive system is mounted within the plinth and is attached to a newly designed and purpose engineered sub-platter. This assembly is mounted to the main bearing, which is the same stainless-steel axle/brass-bushing main bearing featured on the award winning Essential III turntable. This sub-platter fabrication provides the drive for the main platter which is constructed from heavy, zero resonance glass.

    Utilising low friction components and an improved gimble bearing construction, the new 8.6-inch tonearm is made from a single aluminium tube and is fitted with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge with elliptical diamond stylus.

    Impatient vinyl fans don’t need to worry about a complicated set up of the tonearm since it is preset for downforce and anti-skate settings as part of Pro-Ject’s commitment to a plug and play approach.

    The T1 is available as a standard turntable with an output for connection to a phono stage and features Pro-Ject’s own shielded, semi-symmetrical, low-capacitance phono cables fixed to the turntable underneath the tonearm.

    The second variant, the T1 Phono SB, features a switchable Moving Magnet phono stage to give the consumer the choice between outputting to a line level input or an external phono stage. Automatic switching between 33 and 45rpm is available via a built-in speed control.

    The final T1 option, the T1 BT adds Bluetooth connectivity to the Moving Magnet stage for greater flexibility.
    Technical Information

    Speeds: 33 & 45 RPM (manual speed change, except T1 Phono SB)
    Drive Principle: Belt Drive
    Speed Drift: 33 = 0.70% / 45 = 0.60%
    Wow & Flutter: 33 = 0.25% / 45 = 0.23%
    Platter: Heavy 8mm Blasted Glass Platter
    Main Bearing: Stainless Steel Axle / Brass Bush
    Signal-to-Noise: 65dB
    Tonearm: 8.6” Aluminium
    Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
    Overhang: 18.0mm
    Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0g
    Counterweight for Cartridge Mass: 5 – 10g
    Tracking Force Range: 0 – 50mN (pre-set to 17.5mN for OM 5E)
    Output: Phono level only, captive RCA leads (T1) Switchable phono/line level, RCA leads (T1 Phono SB) Switchable phono/line level or BT, RCA leads (T1 BT)
    Included Accessories: Dust Cover, Felt Mat, RCA Cables (T1 Phono SB and T1 BT only) Power Supply: Captive mains lead for UK use (T1) Detachable power supply (T1 Phono SB and T1 BT)
    Power Consumption: 3W max.
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 100 x 335mm
    Weight: 3.8 kg (net.)

    The three T1 variants are available in three finish options; Gloss Black, Matte Walnut or Matte White will be priced with an SRP as follows:

    Standard T1: £239
    T1 Phono SB: £289
    T1 BT: £289
    All will be available across the UK from July 2019

    Source: Press release
    Image Source: Henley Audio

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