The Pro-ject Primary Turntable is share a lot of components from the lower end Elemental and higher end Essential II.
It combines the Elemental’s motor, arm and cartridge with the full-size MDF plinth, isolating feet and detachable dust cover of the Essential II. The Primary shares the Elemental’s tonearm – an 8.6” aluminium arm riding on sapphire bearings with an under slung counterweight to lower the centre of gravity. An Ortofon OM5E cartridge comes preinstalled with the tracking force and bias both preset at the factory.
Please note as this turntable is meant to be plug and play, ie no setup needed for counter weight and anti-skating, it some what limits the possibilities of cartridge upgrades in the future. This means you can’t upgrade it to Ortofon 2M Red. However, you can upgrade the OM 5e stylus to OM 10.
• Instant playback with super-easy setup
• Pre-adjusted tracking force & anti-skating force
• Ortofon OM5e cartridge, pre-mounted
• 8.6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
• Belt drive with silicone belt
• Low vibration synchronous motor & DC power supply
• Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
• Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
• Built-in MM phono stage
• Connections: line-level RCA to amp & USB to PC/Mac (simultaneously)
• Acrylic lid included
• Colour options: Black matt, White matt
The Primary is a synergy of good value parts maximising the hifi content by operating within their performance envelope.
Overall – a balanced soundscape with clarity and bounce beyond expectation for this budget.
AT A GLANCE
Build Quality: It’s ample and functional for the job at hand
Sound Quality: Surprisingly good speed stability and a great sounding way to enjoy your vinyl
Value For Money: Very much worth the stretch over the cheaper turntables on the market
Pros: VERY easy to set up and sounds great
Cons: Not much, perhaps isolation, but it’s nit picking at this price
HiFi Pig Magazine (December 15, 2016)
A solid, easy-to-use deck that reaffirms Pro-Ject’s supremacy in the budget market. If you’re looking for a way ‘in’ to the record revival, the Primary is an excellent introduction.
What HiFi Magazine (March 27, 2017)
Pro-Ject’s primary is a great value budget vinyl spinner with an enjoyable sound, fuss-free setup quality build and clean looks. Opt for the USB model and you get a capable phono stage and a USB interface too. If you’re starting out or need a turntable to spin some old favourites, this could well be it. Highly recommended.
audioappraisal.com (Mar 17, 2017)