Pro-Ject Primary E affordable hi-fi turntable

Vienna-based analogue audio fans, Pro-Ject, have just announced their new Primary E turntable.

Since launching in October 2016, Pro-Ject’s Primary turntable has been an international success. Just as the now ubiquitous Debut turntable before it, the Primary was initially designed to bring real quality audio to those on a tight budget.

Pro-Ject aims to provide customers with a high-quality “Made in Europe” turntable that doesn’t break the bank. To that end, they’ve updated the Primary making it more affordable than ever before. However, the company is keen to state that they have achieved this without losing the quality fans of the brand have come to expect.

Pro-Ject Primary E turntable

The Primary E takes its overall design inspiration from the accomplished Elemental and the multi-award-winning Essential II turntable designs. This combination results in traditional aesthetics and high-quality performance.

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The Primary E retains the same 8.6-inch aluminium tonearm as the Elemental, with sapphire bearings for optimal tracking. The tonearm is pre-configured and perfectly matches the supplied Ortofon OM cartridge. So, no need for you to set-up the tracking force or anti-skate during installation.

However, new for the Primary E is a direct-to-mains 230V motor. This proven design features on other Pro-Ject products, including the original award-winning Debut Carbon. By removing the need for an external wall-wart power supply, the Primary E eliminates the need for any additional power signal processing.

The motor itself powers the same perimeter drive belt system as the first Primary. The new turntable shares the Essential II’s high-quality wood construction with wood platter/felt mat combination. Finally, The plinth is matte black, and the table comes with a detachable dust cover.

pro-ject primary e

The Primary E sets out to prove that hi-fi quality turntables don’t need to be complicated. Just connect the belt and plug it into a system with an MM phono stage. You are all set to enjoy vinyl playback on an affordable device.

Price and availability

The Pro-Ject Primary E is now available across the UK. The SRP is £149.00 and the turntable comes in a black finish.