Magazine article Gramophone

From Classic Turntables to Celebratory Speakers: Pro-Ject Celebrates a Quarter of a Century in Style, and Bowers & Wilkins Completes Its New 800 Series

Magazine article Gramophone

From Classic Turntables to Celebratory Speakers: Pro-Ject Celebrates a Quarter of a Century in Style, and Bowers & Wilkins Completes Its New 800 Series

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There's no sign of any let-up in the momentum of the vinyl revival, and one of the companies responsible for kick-starting the new interest in LPs--Vienna-based Pro-Ject--is celebrating. To mark its 25th anniversary, it has launched a new model, the 799 [pounds sterling] Classic (1), which the company says 'takes the vintage aesthetic of those iconic turntables from the 1950s, '60s and '70s but adds modem technology to deliver an exciting sound in an attractive package'. Available in three finishes, the Classic has already drawn comparisons with the styling of Linn's celebrated LP12 turntable, but is of an all-Pro-Ject design, combining an internal chassis with Thermo Plastic Elastomer damping, on which the motor is mounted, and a second floating chassis carrying the platter bearing and the tone arm, which are thus decoupled from the motor. The belt drives a sub-platter, on which sits the aluminium alloy main platter, and the new Classic Tonearm uses an aluminium tube wrapped in carbon fibre for extra stiffness.

Also new on the turntable front is the TT5 tangential tone arm from German manufacturer Clearaudio (2), which sells for 1750 [pounds sterling]. Like all Clearaudio products it's handmade, and is designed as a more affordable version of the company's TT2 and TT3 models, created by removing some of the features of those pricier designs. The arm uses a carriage running on precise rollers along a polished glass rail, and achieves the same parallel tracking used when records are cut, thus tracing the groove with minimal distortion. The TT5 is available in a choice of silver or black.

New from PMC is a complete line-up of speakers, the twenty5 (3), to mark the British company's own quarter-century. Designed to sit above the existing twenty range, the speakers feature an innovative take on the company's proprietary Advanced Transmission Line bass-loading, using a new vent design called Laminair. Developed by PMC's head of design, Oliver Thomas, it draws on his experience with the Red Bull Formula 1 team, where he was previously employed. The speakers also use newly designed mid/ bass drivers with fine-weave glass fibre cones and a motor system said to be 80 per cent more powerful than that in the twenty series drivers, while the company's Sonolex fabric dome tweeter has also been refined. The five-strong twenty5 range starts with the compact twenty5. …

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