Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Austrian analogue hi-fi specialists, are reinvigorating their affordable turntable offering with a new product designed to entice more music lovers to the joys of vinyl playback. The E1 is a true plug-and-play turntable with a host of premium features that combines
great sound with a truly striking visual appeal.
The E1 is available in three different variants, to ensure you only get the features you require. The standard E1 (£269.00 SRP) is designed to be connected directly to an external phono stage, while the E1 Phono (£299.00 SRP) has one built-in. For those looking for the convenience of wireless
transmission, the E1 BT (£369.00 SRP) has Bluetooth streaming built-in as well.
E1 features include:
✓ Hi-Fi quality manual turntable system
✓ Electronically controlled playback speeds (33 and 45 RPM)
✓ 8.6” tonearm with aluminium tube and purpose-designed headshell
✓ Pre-adjusted Ortofon OM 5E cartridge with elliptical stylus profile
✓ Sub-platter drive system for ultimate convenience and a clean visual appearance
✓ Anti-resonant main platter made from strengthened ABS Polymer
✓ DC drive motor with damped mounting for added isolation
✓ Wood main plinth mounted on anti-vibration feet
✓ E1 Phono features built-in switchable Moving Magnet (MM) phono stage
✓ E1 BT features built-in switchable MM phono stage and Bluetooth wireless transmission
✓ Gold-plated RCA connectors (BT and Phono versions only)
✓ Turntable-ready RCA cable included
✓ Dust cover included
✓ Handmade in Europe
E1 in detail
The E1 is an easy to use record player that stands out in any environment thanks to its striking good looks and excellent sound. With its choice of three finish options and three output versions, it’s an ideal entry point into vinyl playback that suits you regardless of your existing audio equipment.
The E1 is based around a stylish main plinth, directly inspired by other Pro-Ject designs. It is a CNC machined composite fibre platform, which contains no hollow spaces, and boasts excellent antiresonance properties. Mounted inside the plinth is a precision belt drive system with a damped DC motor, attached to a sub-platter. The sub-platter drives the new ABS Polymer main platter, which is strengthened with purpose-designed ridges in order to create an ideal, anti-resonant platform for your vinyl. Automatic speed change is conveniently handled by the 3 position power switch on the side of the plinth.
The tonearm on the E1 is a new 8.6” model featuring a one-piece aluminium tube, a two-point bearing assembly and a new fixed headshell. The result is a true hi-fi quality tonearm with low moving mass and good electrical isolation; perfect for accurate musical playback. The tonearm is then finished with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge with elliptical diamond stylus for great sound. The tonearm is also factory set for downforce and anti-skate settings, so there’s no need for any complicated set-up; you can get playing straight out of the box!
The E1 is a product made for music lovers, by music lovers. In an age where the market is awash with turntables, Pro-Ject Audio Systems are seeking to remain true to their audiophile roots, while listening to what customers want. The E1 is therefore effortlessly simple to set-up and produces a highly engaging, accessible sound that really makes your records sing. But it’s also made with no corners cut. Still made in Europe, and featuring only the best materials available for the price, E1 comes ready to go with cables, pre-installed anti-resonance feet, a removable dust cover and all the accessories you need to set-up.
Finish Options and Output Versions
The standard E1 (£269.00 SRP) is finished with turntable-ready phono cables fixed to the turntable underneath the tonearm. It has a standard phono-level output, for connecting to a phono stage.
The E1 Phono (£299.00) features a built-in switchable Moving Magnet phono stage, so you can connect directly to a LINE level input or still make use of an external phono stage.
The E1 BT (£369.00) features a switchable Moving Magnet phono stage with Bluetooth version 5.0 wireless transmission so you can output at Line level, Phono or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
All E1 versions are available in three high-quality finish options; Gloss Black, Matte Walnut or White.
Speeds: 33 / 45 (electronic speed change)
Drive Principle: Belt drive
Platter: 300mm Strengthened ABS Polymer main platter
Wow & Flutter: 33: ±0.25% / 45: ±0.23%
Speed Drift: 33: ±0.7% / 45: ±0.6%
Signal to Noise: 65dB
Tonearm: 8.6” aluminium pre-set tonearm with fixed headshell
Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
Effective Arm Mass: 7.0g
Included accessories: 15V DC / 0.8A power supply
7” Single Adapter
RCA cable (fixed with the Standard version)
Power consumption: 4.5W
Dimensions (w x h x d): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 3.5kg net
E1 BT Bluetooth Output: BT 5.0 – Class II, 2.5mW (4dBm) per 2.4GHz – 2.48GHz
E1 Phono Output: Input Impedance: 47kΩ / 100pF
RIAA Equalization Accuracy: 20Hz – 20,000Hz / ±0.5dB