Pro-Ject promises satisfaction with Rolling Stones turntable

posted on Monday, 4th December 2017 by Steve May

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Hi-Fi specialist Pro-Ject Audio Systems has launched a turntable in partnership with The Rolling Stones. The new addition to the brand’s Artist Series of special edition, follows collaborations featuring The Beatles, George Harrison and Parov Stelar.

The deck sports the iconic Stones lips, first commissioned by lead singer Mick Jagger in 1970. The turntable is an iteration of Pro-Ject’s own Debut III model. It features a non-resonant MDF plinth, decoupling feet and belt-drive system, along with a metal platter and an 8.6-inch aluminium tonearm with Ortofon OM 10 cartridge.

Rolling Stone Turntable

The record player is likely to appeal to both vinyl junkies and memorabilia collectors. Simon Powell, Operations Manager at Henley Audio, distributor of Pro-Ject, says there’s a clear synergy between style and audio performance. “For the brands we represent, style and audio quality are our strongest focus,” he says, “we want to sell things that look and sound nice. Technology is important, but the cutting-edge of technology is not always what a customer needs. As long as the technology is good and well-founded, you don’t always need the very latest feature.”

Powell says the vinyl revival is now seeing market stabilisation. “I think the word has been well-spread, that vinyl is an interesting format that you should try out. Now I think the trend will head toward an optimal performance and price ratio, as consumers begin to expect more from their investment. This will see only the serious turntable/vinyl companies remain thanks to their stronger product ranges.”

The Rolling Stones turntable retails for £329 and and is available now in gloss black or white finishes.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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