Pro-Ject Classic Evo Record Player
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The new Classic Evo takes the successful EISA Award winner, The Classic, and the iconic 175 VPO turntable to bring out a turntable that sounds substantially better than its predecessors. The main improvement is the sub-platter and an electronic speed change to allow switching from 33 to 45 rpm with the push of a button. Compared to the old Classic, the Classic Evo is heavier and stiffer to reduce resonances.
Isolating the platter and tonearm from the resonances of the motor and main plinth is the target.
- Diamond cut precision aluminium 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 ball races
- 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)
The Classic meets the 175 VPO to melt design-ideas
The new Classic Evo is based on the successful EISA Award winner The Classic and the experience Pro-Ject won designing and building their icon turntable the 175 VPO. The main improvement is the sub-platter, where they used the experience we gained from designing the Vienna Philharmonic Record player to add key changes to the Classic Evo, adding performance features that are rarely seen in this price category. For improved comfort, 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; they tried to make it heavier and stiffer to reduce resonances. Isolating the platter and tonearm from the resonances of the motor and main plinth is the target.
Platter & sub-platter
The heavy aluminium main platter construction utilises advanced thermo plastic elastomers (TPE*) for optimising resonance behaviour. A drawback for most of the old designs was the platter. Casted platters all have been heavy (which is good for speed constancy and low wow and flutter) but suffered very much from ringing effects which again caused colouration of the sound. The platter of The Classic Evo is precisely machined out of a special aluminium alloy again damped with TPE*, which offers special damping abilities. The main bearing construction Pro-Ject use is a similar system as the one on the Vienna Philharmonic Record player. The diamond cut precision alu sub-platter, like in the limited edition Vienna Philharmonic Record player, enables much improved tolerances. This extraordinarily sophisticated part is accurately machined and guarantees a very good isolation between bearing noise and the platter itself.
New carbon/aluminium tonearm
The radical new designed 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 aluminium: carbon for stiffness and speed, alu for better damping. The bearing has been upgraded to the same type that is used on the Pro-Ject CC EVO tonearms. It facilitates frictionless vertical and horizontal movement, guaranteeing precise tracking across the entire duration of the record. The counterweight incorporates a TPE* damper which allows us to reduce the amplitude of the tonearm cartridge resonance frequency by 50%.
Check out the brochure - Pro-Ject Classic Evo Turntable Brochure