Pro-Ject Classic EVO Turntable
Sub-chassis turntable with 9“ carbon/alu sandwich tonearm
The new Classic Evo is based on the successful EISA Award winner The Classic, and the experience gained designing and building Pro-Ject's iconic 175 VPO turntable. The main improvement is the sub-platter which has performance features that are rarely seen in this price category. An electronic speed change was built in, which lets you switch from 33 to 45 rpm (and vice versa) with the push of a button.
Compared to the old Classic, Pro-Ject improved the subchassis, making it heavier and stiffer to reduce resonance.
Isolating the platter and tonearm from the resonances of the motor and main plinth is the target.
The heavy aluminum main platter construction uses advanced thermoplastic elastomers (TPE*) for optimized resonance behavior.
The platter of The Classic Evo is precisely machined out of a special aluminum alloy again damped with TPE*. The main bearing construction we use is a similar system as the one on the Vienna Philharmonic Recordplayer.
The diamond-cut precision alu sub-platter, like in the limited edition Vienna Philharmonic Recordplayer, enables much improved tolerances. This extraordinarily sophisticated part is accurately machined and guarantees isolation from bearing noise.
The radical new 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 aluminum: carbon for stiffness and speed, alu for better damping. The bearing has been upgraded to the same type that is used on Pro-Ject CC EVO tonearms. It facilitates frictionless vertical and horizontal movement, guaranteeing precise tracking across the entire record. The counterweight incorporates a TPE* damper which reduces the amplitude of tonearm cartridge resonance by 50%.
As typical for Pro-Ject and absolutely not standard at that price range this turntable features azimuth and VTA adjustment to use a variety of cartridges.
The standard cartridge is the Ortofon Quintet Red moving coil. As the Classic is a wonderful state of the art deck, Pro-Ject decided to use an MC cartridge to use the potential of the player. MC cartridges are expensive, but the better choice. They are rarely used at such a pricepoint.
- Diamond cut precision alu sub-platter
- Improved sandwich subchassis
- Ortofon Quintet Red cartridge pre-installed
- Electronic speed control (33/45 rpm)
- Belt drive with electronic speed control 33/45 rpm
- Height adjustable decoupling feet
- Precision balanced TPE*-damped aluminium-platter
- Metal/MDF sandwich chassis floating on TPE* suspension
- 9” carbon/aluminium tonearm with MM & MC capability
- Inverted EVO bearing design with four ABEC7 spec ballraces
- Arm-bearing housing of solid ring type. The massive outside ring is open to avoid resonances
- Azimuth and VTA fully adjustable
- TPE damped counterweight
- Classic wooden chassis in 2 satin finishes (walnut, eucalyptus)
- Dustcover included
Speed: 33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
Drive principle: Belt drive
Platter: 300 mm aluminum
Main bearing: Stainless steel
Wow & flutter (33/45): ±0.10% / ±0.09%
Speed variance (33/45): ±0.13% / ±0.10%
Signal to noise: 70 dB
Tonearm: 9” carbon/aluminum sandwich tonearm
Effective arm length: 230 mm
Effective arm mass: 13.5 g
Overhang: 18 mm
Tracking force: 10 - 30 mN
Included accessories: 15 V DC / 0.8 A power supply, dust cover
Power consumption: 5 W max / < 0.5 W standby
Dimensions (WHD): 18.18"x 5.15"x13.81", lid closed
Weight: 23.1 lb