As we await the impending arrival of the Pro-Ject Classic, we'd like to first discuss the things we already know about it. Pro-Ject arms have become something of an industry standard for reasonably priced, audiophile-friendly, and appropriately reputable tonearms. The Classic's modified 9cc is no exception, in fact its innovations are entirely new to our current understanding of Pro-Ject arms. It's a one-piece 9" conical carbon/aluminum sandwich-style armtube with a high-precision Japanese ball bearing, completely isolated arm cabling for zero-resistance pivoting, Zicron bearing system (top and side Cardan bearings), and a new, dampened counterweight utilizing a TPE damping pad designed by Ortofon. From this, we can expect the same degree of performance we already expect from a Pro-Ject arm, and then much more.
A New-Old Design
As with the arm, the construction of the 'table itself is a combination of existing technology and new innovations. The TPE-dampened milled-aluminum platter is both massive and acoustically dead. The hardened, polished spindle with a brass bearing in Teflon plating yields nearly zero-friction rotation of the platter, and the new floating-chassis construction (6-piece TPE ball-suspension between main chassis and aluminum/MDF sandwich-style top plate) promises heightened isolation and a punitive noise-floor. The felt-dampened, adjustable isolation feet are as effective as any in this class of turntable.
The Classic is undeniably gorgeous, and clearly mimics the appeal of classic turntables from Linn and AR from the 50s and 60s. With the no-frills, all-audiophile implementations, this table will sound as good as it looks, and better still. It will leave the many Linn and AR faithfuls contemplating what they're missing, so get on board stat!
Pick a Cartridge, Any Cartridge - We'll Set it Up
We have all the faith in the world in the 2M Silver. You can't go wrong with it, though we know some of you will want to pick your own pick-up. For those of you do, use our Cartridge Upgrade Program (below). We'll apply a $50 credit for the Silver, and our professionals will mount the cartridge of your choosing before shipment. The installation is complimentary for customers ordering a turntable/cartridge package.
Belt drive with electronic speed control 33/45 rpm
Height adjustable decoupling feet
Precision-balanced TPE-dampened aluminum platter w/ felt mat
Metal/MDF sandwich chassis floating on TPE* suspension
9” carbon/aluminum tonearm with MM & MC capability
Japanese ballp-bearing (base of tonearm)
Integrated central vertical cable outlet for unhindered arm movement