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Verdict

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There’s a lot to love in regards to the Automat A1, particularly the place sound is anxious; however it stops simply wanting being the whole bundle.

Execs

  • Eloquent, poised and interesting sound
  • Plug-and-play comfort for any system
  • Built-in phono stage performs properly

Cons

  • Can’t benefit from dynamic variations
  • Doesn’t look or really feel remotely particular
  • Phono stage management appears unfinished

  • Built-in shifting magnet phono stagePhono stage will be switched off for an exterior one

  • Ortofon OM10 cartridgeFile participant comes with the cartridge pre-fitted

  • 33.3 and 45rpm speedsChange pace with a single button

Introduction

You’ll be able to’t accuse Professional-Ject of speeding into something. The corporate has been exhausting at it for greater than 30 years now, its place as one of many true {hardware} heroes of the Vinyl Revival™ assured. And now, it appears, the time is lastly proper for a totally computerized vary of turntables. It’s referred to as ‘Automat’, and the A1 is the inaugural product.

In fact, ‘computerized’ is a phrase that may apply solely thus far the place turntables are involved. And, thanks in no small half to Professional-Ject itself, the world isn’t wanting turntables at this form of cash. So does the A1 have what it takes to turn out to be an computerized selection?     

Availability

  • UKRRP: £369
  • USAunavailable
  • Europeunavailable
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

The Professional-Ject A1 is on sale now, and within the UK is priced at £369. Within the US it prices $499, whereas in Australia you’ll have to half with AU$699. Word that final determine is predicated on change charges – as a result of, on the time of writing, Australian pricing has but to be been confirmed.

As talked about, the A1 is way from the one recreation on the town at this form of cash. We’re significantly taken with Audio-Technica’s AT-LP5X, which doesn’t have the Professional-Ject’s computerized cease/begin function however counters this with a USB output (for making digital copies of your vinyl) – and is a couple of quid inexpensive, too.

Design

  • Made in Europe
  • Designed for optimum resonance rejection
  • Seem like a file participant

Makes an attempt to ‘replace’ or ‘reimagine’ the design of the turntable are doomed to failure. Professional-Ject, after all, is way too smart an organization to even strive. As such, the A1 appears exactly as you may suppose: like a file participant.

Pro-Ject A1 turntable with dust cover
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The A1 is the primary product to emerge from Professional-Ject’s new manufacturing facility in Germany. It’s obtainable solely in black, and its picket chassis has silicon-damped ft under and a transparent plastic dust-cover above. Like many a turntable at this form of cash, it’s hardly the final phrase in luxurious. Nevertheless, like each different Professional-Ject turntable, the A1 is correctly constructed and completed.

Options

  • Aluminium/carbon-fibre tonearm
  • Built-in – and well-hidden – phono stage
  • Pre-adjusted Ortofon cartridge included

So far as controls go, the A1 has nearly sufficient. There’s a change for toggling between 33.3 and 45rpm, a management to carry or decrease the 211mm aluminium tonearm, and there’s a ‘cease/begin’ change to deploy the ‘computerized’ facet of the A1’s specification.

Principally, if you choose ‘begin’ then the damped metallic platter will start to show, and the tonearm lifts itself from its cradle, strikes above the spinning vinyl, lowers itself into the groove and away you go. When the A1 detects it’s reached the top of the file, the tonearm lifts and returns to its cradle because the file stops spinning. You’ll be able to manually choose ‘cease’ at any time, after all.

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It’s price noting that the A1 has by no means heard of 12in discs that spin at 45rpm – so in case you have 12in singles, or a type of costly remasters of albums that flip at 45rpm, there’s fairly much more handbook enter into getting your file enjoying than the phrase ‘computerized’ may suggest. Actually greater than is critical with a totally handbook turntable.

The tonearm headshell is bolstered with carbon fibre, and is fitted with a really acceptable Ortofon OM10 shifting magnet cartridge – it’s pre-aligned and pre-adjusted for monitoring power. Actually, all that’s required is to attach the A1’s hard-wired phono cables (and grounding cable) to your speaker system and also you’re in enterprise.

Pro-Ject A1 integrated phono switch
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Or, a minimum of, you’re in enterprise when you’ve switched the built-in phono stage on or off. The A1 is way from the primary file participant to function adequate onboard amplification to make a file audible, even via techniques that don’t have the required oomph. Nevertheless, it might be the primary that makes switching the phono amplification on or off really feel fairly so unauthorised.

Most decks with an built-in pre-amp are likely to preserve their ‘on/off’ management on the rear panel – however right here it’s a fully minuscule change – alongside some alarmingly exposed-looking wiring – beneath the belt-driven platter.

Sound High quality

  • Even, balanced and information-rich sound
  • Expressive and articulate
  • Not the final phrase in dynamic efficiency

In case your present system options pre-amplification for a turntable, you possibly can examine and distinction with the equal that’s onboard the A1. But when it doesn’t, by no means worry – Professional-Ject has fitted the A1 with a pre-amp that’s greater than succesful within the context of the sort (and price) of the system the A1 is more likely to discover itself a part of.

A hefty reissue of Sufjan Stevens’ Come On Really feel the Illinoise is up and working very quickly – the ‘computerized’ aspect of the A1 doesn’t take the exhausting graft away from the top person, however what it does it does flawlessly. And the Professional-Ject computerized mechanism is completely disengaged as soon as the cartridge engages with the vinyl, so that you will be sure the sound the A1 is making is uncorrupted by any inner affect.

Pro-Ject A1 tonearm headshell
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And, because the final 30 years of Professional-Ject turntable heroism has primed everybody to count on, that sound is convincing, coherent and really listenable certainly. The vinyl format hasn’t hung round all this time accidentally, and the A1 demonstrates lots of what makes it so many individuals’s format of selection.

The place timing, unity of presentation of rhythmic expression is anxious, the A1 is a match for any price-comparable different. It journeys from the underside of the frequency vary to the cease in an even-handed, unforced and tonally constant method, and divulges a stack of element at each stage.

The low-end is substantial and punchy, however managed sufficient to maintain up the momentum of a recording, and though the top-end is wanting final extension, it’s nonetheless shiny and assaults crisply. In between, there’s greater than sufficient area for the singer to stretch out and specific himself.

About the one space the place the A1 is something lower than totally aggressive is the place dynamic expression is anxious. Just about each tune on the Sufjan Stevens LP is populated with actual, well-recorded devices – principally of wooden and brass.

Pro-Ject A1 platter with vinyl record
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The Professional-Ject is sweet at revealing particulars relating to tone and timbre, however rather less adept at figuring out the harmonic variations that happen from observe to notice – though in context it’s hardly a deal-breaker. Equally, a 45rpm 12in single of Cabaret Voltaire’s Sensoria (laboriously cued up, although, as a result of no-one needs to begin listening to it from 5 inches in) highlights a slight, however particular, reticence the place the larger dynamic shifts of quantity and assault are involved.

Not everybody needs their ears pinned again when listening to information, nevertheless, and the Professional-Ject A1 will get a lot proper that these minor drawbacks are fairly simply neglected. Or, a minimum of, most individuals will discover it attainable.

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Must you purchase it?

You wish to add some comfort to this most inconvenient format Auto cease/begin seems to be correctly labour-saving.

You personal lots of 12in 45rpm vinyl The A1 is extra bothersome than a handbook deck on this regard.

Ultimate Ideas

On paper, the advantages of an ‘computerized’ turntable don’t appear all that important; however in apply it’s very handy, particularly relating to taking the needle off the file in good time. Taking part in something that isn’t a 33.3 12in disc or a 45rpm 7in different makes the A1 loads much less ‘computerized’, nevertheless, which is a pity. So far as sound is anxious, it’s nearly all the way in which there – which shall be a lot far sufficient for lots of listeners.

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FAQs

Does the Professional-Ject A1 include a cartridge?

The Professional-Ject A1 comes with an Ortofon OM10 cartridge that’s pre-fitted to the tonearm. If you wish to change to a different cartridge, it can settle for any cartridges with half-inch mounting holes.

What speeds does the Professional-Ject A1 turntable assist?

33.3/45rpm speeds are supported and you may change between the 2 by way of the change on the aspect of the file participant. Solely sure file sizes seem to work, nevertheless (33.3rpm 12-inch, 45rpm 7-inch)

Do Professional-Ject turntables have auto-stop?

The Professional-Ject A1 mannequin has an auto-stop function, whereby when the file is completed, the tonearm will carry off the file and return to its preliminary place.

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Platter

That is the floor the file sits and spins round on.

Tonearm

The tonearm holds the stylus and cartridge collectively, the 2 parts which might be liable for creating the sound a turntable produces. They’ll are available straight or curved designs.

Belt-drive motor

The platter is turned by a motor related by an elastic band. The permits a much less highly effective motor to drive the platter, whereas the elastic can take in any mechanical vibrations that might have an effect on playback