The new E1 from Pro-ject is the first of the new E-Line turntables for the budget-conscious audiophile starter.
With the new E1 series, Pro-Ject aims to prove ‘the better sound’ doesn’t have to be a huge investment for anyone: ‘The E1 broadens our product portfolio to offer a high level of sound and build quality to give a whole new generation a chance to start the HiFi hobby without breaking the bank’. Depending on your current setup and preferred use, the E1 comes in 3 versions:
- E1 Standard
- E1 Phono
- E1 BT
The E1 Standard, including cartridge, is available for a suggested retail price of €299 (incl. VAT) via Pro-Ject dealers. The E1 Phono, including cartridge, is also available immediately for a suggested retail price of €329 (incl. VAT). The E1 BT too, including cartridge, is per direct available from Pro-Ject dealers for a suggested retail price of €399 (incl. VAT).
E1: A turntable for everyone
The manufacturer explains the differences between the models: ‘The E1 from Pro-Ject Audio Systems is the first of our new E-Line turntables. The E-Line aims to deliver a great sound experience for those on a limited budget, while still being handmade in Europe. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner, a re-entrant, or an experienced vinyl fan, we’ve designed the E1 to impress. The E1 is a Plug & Play turntable. Our experienced factory engineers pre-set your turntable with the ideal settings for tracking force and anti-skat-ing. So sit back and enjoy your favorite records’.
As mentioned, the new E1 is available in three different versions to meet individual needs. All three models come standard with a 33/45 RPM electronic speed switch. The E1 Phono adds an internal phono preamp to the basic version and is the perfect model if your current setup does not have a phono preamp. The E1 BT adds wireless connectivity to the built-in phono preamp. Connect your record player wirelessly via the 5.0 transmitter to your BT speaker, headphones or amplifier.
Handmade in Europe
The stylish CNC-machined composite fiber base is – so says Pro-Ject – ‘carefully crafted to avoid hollow spaces and minimize resonances. The E1 comes in high-gloss black, high-gloss white, or walnut finish. The lightweight and low friction 8.6″ aluminum tonearm is optimized for the high-quality Ortofon OM5e element and brings out its maximum potential. The all-new ABS Polymer main platter with reinforcing ridges offers an ideal anti-resonance flat-shape for your vinyl. To protect your E1 from dust, you will also find an elegant acrylic dust cover with adjustable hinges in the box. The E1 boasts premium materials, stylish aesthetics and rich, vibrant sound. The extensive development process guarantees sound performance and build quality unrivalled in this price range’.