Pro-Ject Primary E Turntable announced
An affordable turntable from a respected manufacturer
Hi-Fi NewsSince its original launch in October 2016, the Primary turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Vienna-based analogue hi-fi specialists, has been an overwhelming international success, the manufacturer tells us.
Like with the renowned Debut turntable, which was originally released in 1999 as the result of exactly the same design brief, the Primary was originally designed to bring quality audio to those on a tight budget. Over the last two years it has won many friends at the price thanks to its ease of use, neat, retro aesthetic and premium audio performance.
Now, in 2018, the affordable turntable market is heavily populated with cheap, plastic-based designs with flimsy tonearms and sub-par cartridges that struggle to perform to a high standard and, in some cases, can even damage records. Pro-Ject want to provide customers of these turntables with a high quality “Made in Europe” alternative that doesn’t break the bank, so they’ve updated the Primary in order to make it more affordable than before, without losing any quality.
The Primary E still takes its overall design inspiration from a merging of the Elemental and Essential II turntable designs. Like the original Primary, the Primary E uses the same 8.6” aluminium tonearm as the Elemental, with sapphire bearings for tracking. The tonearm is pre-configured and specially engineered to perfectly match the supplied Ortofon OM pick-up cartridge, so there’s no need to set-up the tracking force or anti-skate during installation.
Unlike the original model, the Primary E now uses a direct-to-mains 230V motor. The design has been proven to work on other popular Pro-Ject products, including the original Debut Carbon design. By removing the need for an external wall-wart power supply, the Primary E eliminates the need for any additional power signal processing but still retains a quiet, consistent motor rotation. The motor itself powers the same perimeter drive belt system as the original Primary.
In its general appearance, the Primary E still takes inspiration from the Essential II. It shares the Essential II’s wood construction and the purpose-designed wood platter/felt mat. The plinth is finished in matte black and the added benefit of this layout is in the included detachable dust cover.
The Pro-Ject Primary E is available across the UK now priced at £149.
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