Pro-Ject launches T1 turntables
Turntables to turn heads.
Hi-Fi NewsAfter 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 InformationThe three T1 variants are available in three finish options; Gloss Black, Matte Walnut or Matte White will be priced with an SRP as follows:
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
Tonearm: 8.6” Aluminium
Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
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.)
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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