Pro-Ject tried to sell not only to the audiophile community, but just to music lovers. These people want great sound from a simple to use product, which is always working. Therefore we changed the old principle of spring loaded subchassis designs, which often had been a hassle to adjust, to sound really perfect.
CHASSIS & SUBCHASSIS
As our famous Debut we wanted create an easy to use “plug & play” product, but with better sound due to better isolation. Thanks to the modern damping materials TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomers) we are able to design a very effective, subchassis construction. Isolating the platter and tonearm from the resonances of the motor and main plinth is the target.
PLATTER & SUB-PLATTER
Second drawback for most of the old designs was the platter. The casted platters all have been heavy (which is good for speed constancy and low wow and flutter) but suffered very much from ringing effects which again caused colouration of the sound. The platter of The Classic is precisely machined out of a special aluminium alloy again damped with TPE, which offers special damping abilities. The subplatter / main bearing construction we use is similar system as on the Debut. It’s hardened steel/ Bronze bushing/ Teflon bearing mirror results in very smooth low noise running smoothness of the bearing.
The main difference to the Debut bearing are the tolerances which are by factor 10 lower and therefore more precise (0,005%). Especially the subplatter is a very sophisticated part which is accurately machined and guarantees a very good isolation between bearing noise and the platter itself.
Note: TPE is a family of modern damping materials which can be tuned to damp resonances at specific frequencies. So any TPE we use is different and specially designed for the material which it should damp!
The NEW carbon/aluminium sandwich tonearm
The radical new designed Classic Tonearm is the result of 25 years of experience in mechanical construction. The tonearm tube is made out of a sandwich of Carbon and Aluminium: Carbon for stiffness and speed, Alu for better damping. The Cardan bearing assembly with pin-point Zircon bearing provides ultra low friction.
A new expensive Japanese base-ball-bearing allows a better lead of the tonearm wire and increases the free movement of the arm. The counterweight incorporates a TPE damper which allows us to reduce the amplitude of the tonearm cartridge resonance frequency by 50%.
As typical for Pro-Ject and absolutely not standard at that price range we offer also azimuth and VTA adjustment to use a variety of cartridges. Different counterweight for cartridges up to 25 grams are available as an option.
We supply as standard the Ortofon 2M silver moving magnet cartridge. This is a cartridge exclusively designed for Pro-Ject Audio Systems by Ortofon. We improved the sound and dynamics of the recognised 2M series, by implementing pure silver coils instead of standard copper. However, as the tonearm offers excellent damping and flexibility as well, its effective mass can be called middle heavy, so it is also a very good partner for MC cartridges.
As we did not want to risk that the customer always needs perfect audiophile turntable supports, we decided to use damping feet which are a very good compromise to suit most of customer environments. For sure this feet are height adjustable. All in all we wanted to create a turntable with sophisticated sound abilities, but easy to use and to install, in a small and attractive classy looking package that also includes a dustcover for a still reasonable price. We are sure that it will generate a lot of interest and happy hours of listening for many many music lovers! A top-grade RCA connection cable Connect it E, a dust cover and a power supply are included. The turntable is available in walnut, rosenut, eucalyptus.