Surprisingly, Pro-Ject’s extensive catalog has not yet included a fully automatic turntable. The gap was filled only recently – the first such model was the Pro-Ject Automat A1. This device will smoothly lower the needle to the first (or chosen by the listener) track, and after listening, it will smoothly raise the tonearm and return it to the stand.
It is especially emphasized that during the playback, the automation is completely turned off and does not affect the sound in any way. It is also noted that no preparation of the player for work is required.
Ortofon OM10 MM cartridge
An Ortofon OM10 MM cartridge with a lightweight 8.3″ aluminum tonearm is factory-installed. The geometry, mass and anti-skating level are also configured there. In short, “turned on – it works.”
For example, an aluminum disc is stamped, bent and perforated, and then goes through the process of phosphating and degreasing in another production. It then gets an internal damping ring to increase mass and reduce resonances. After that, there is a balancing operation and, finally, painting in the only black color possible for the model. The disk is supplemented with a complete felt mat.
Built-in switchable MM phono stage
The built-in switchable MM phono stage allows you to connect the Pro-Ject Automat A1 directly to the amplifier’s line input using Pro-Ject Premium “Connect E” RCA cables.
The Pro-Ject Automat A1 is designed in standard “rack” sizes. The case is protected from vibrations by four legs with silicone damping. There is also dust protection – the usual plastic cover.
Availability and price
Pro-Ject Automat A1 is already available for order. In the US, the Pro-Ject Automat A1 turntable will cost $500. Company claims that the Pro-Ject Automat A1 is handmade in Germany.
Pro-Ject Automat A1 Specifications
- Speed: 33, 45 (electronic speed change)
- Drive principle: belt drive, fully automatic
- Platter: damped aluminium platter
- Wow & flutter: 33: +/-0,27%; 45: +/-0,25%
- Speed drift: 33: +/-0,75%; 45: +/-0,65%
- Signal to noise: 65dB
- Tonearm: ultra-light-mass 8,3” aluminium tonearm
- Effective arm length: 211mm
- Overhang: 19,5mm
- Included accessories: 15V DC / 0,8A power supply, dust cover, 7‘‘ single adapter, feltmat, phono cable
- Power consumption: 1,5W
- Dimensions: 430 x 130 x 365 mm (WxHxD)
- Weight: 5,6 kg net