Audiophile plug&play turntable
Trend: Cheap turntables
Listening to analogue records has grown in popularity enormously over the last couple of years. This trend has enticed a lot of manufacturers from far and wide to enter the turntable game. These new players are trying to get a piece of the cake with plastic, features, low quality and cheap prices. They forget what makes a real turntable – sound quality! Only with high quality components and precision can you extract all the detail from the micro-grooves of your record. Plastic, lightweight platters, flimsy tonearms and low quality cabling with primitive cartridges are not suited for real HiFi grade turntables.
Pro-Ject‘s response: Primary E
With a smart tonearm design we were able to combine pure sound quality with an easy setup. Our plug&play design with pre-adjusted tracking force and anti ska-ting has saved us costs and is extremely efficient in handling for our customers. With no compromise in sound. On contraire, the lightweight and low friction aluminium tonearm is optimized for the Ortofon cartridge and will bring out its maximum potential. With intelligent construction and without needless features we were able to keep the price attractive, despite this product being hand-made in Europe. This way we‘re able to offer our customers the sound quality they deserve!
A true HiFi stereo turntable!
- Belt-drive with synchronous motor
- Ortofon quality cartridge
- Vibration absorbing feet
- NO plastic
- Machined special composit fibre chassis
- Light-weight, high-precision aluminium tonearm
- Sapphire tonearm bearing
- Gold-plated contacts
- Stainless steel and bronze bushing
- Elegant dust cover with adjustable hinges
- Silicon belt with optimum damping
- Hand-made in Europe
|Speed||33, 45 (manual speed change)|
|Speed variance||33: 0.8% 45: 0.7%|
|Wow & Flutter||33: 0.29% 45: 0.27%|
|Platter||300 mm with felt mat|
|Main bearing||Stainless steel|
|Effective arm length||218.5 mm|
|Effective tonearm mass||8.0 g|
|Counterweight for mass||3 - 5.5g (supplied)|
|Tracking force range||0 - 25mN (18mN pre-adjusted)|
|Included accessories||Dust cover|
|Power consumption||4.5 Watts max|
|Dimensions||420 x 112 x 330mm (WxHxD)|
|Weight||4.0 kg net|
avforums reviews the Primary E
The result is that for the money, you get something that delivers on the premise of vinyl replay and a new starting price for respectable analogue. Pro-Ject’s twenty year mission to make record players affordable shows no sign of abating and the Primary E is certainly worthy of recommendation.
Hi-Fi Choice reviews the Primary E
What is most surprising about the Primary E, is its ability to deliver a genuinely satisfying musical performance at such a very attractive price and make it an ideal turntable for any new or returning fans to the format. It keeps poorer pressings listenable in a way that rivals often struggle to.
What Hi-Fi reviews the Primary E
Pro-Ject has revised a budget deck to nail the £150 market, and has succeeded on every front. For purists at the head of the beginner’s vinyl revival path who have a £150 budget and aren’t fussed about features such as record ripping and automatic operation, the Pro-Ject Primary E could be just the ticket.
Original review see: https://www.whathifi.com/pro-ject/primary-e/review