Gentec International has announced the release of the Automat A1 turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems. This turntable is the first in the Pro-Ject lineup to incorporate an automated start/stop mechanism with electronically controlled playback speeds. The new Pro-Ject Automat series of turntables are hand-made in Germany by a traditional manufacturer with decades of experience making automatic turntables.
“Our customers new to the vinyl experience have been asking for a simplified electronic turntable in their listening experience and we are excited to bring the Automat A1 to them,” stated Dick Tuerlings – Managing Director of the Audio Division at Gentec International. “It is the perfect combination of electrical engineering and the lasting quality Pro-Ject turntables have been known for over the past 30 years.
The A1 features a built-in phono preamp which makes it incredibly versatile, allowing direct connection to either an amplifier or active speaker set. In typical Pro-Ject fashion, the motor is electronically controlled to maintain the highest level of stability and accuracy. With the push of a button, listeners can switch between 33 and 45 RPM.
The A1 features an 8.3” ultra-light-mass aluminum tonearm. Together with the Ortofon OM10 cartridge. The Pro-Ject Automat A1 is expected to begin shipping in Spring 2022 and will have a suggested retail price of $549.99 in Canada.
Main Key Features
- Factory-installed and aligned Ortofon OM10 cartridge
- Built-in, switchable phono preamp
- 8.3” aluminum low-mass tonearm
- Precise mechanics with automated start and stop
- Aluminum platter with damping ring
- Carbon fiber reinforced non-magnetic headshell
- Resonance damped wooden chassis
- New feet with silicon damping
- Electronically controlled playback speeds
- Premium semi-symmetrical Connect it E phono cable
- Gold plated RCA cable connectors
- Dust cover included
- Handmade in Germany
On a side note, A number of years ago, when Wifi Hifi ran a pop-up audio shop, we had a customer who had been in a motorcycle accident with a head injury that brought on early-stage Parkinson’s disease. This gentleman owned some of the best and most expensive turntables ever manufactured, yet he could not use them due to his hand shaking from his disease. We lamented that automatic turntables are normally categorized as entry-level turntables since the golden rule was the more manual the better. Considering our dexterity erodes with age and most purchasers of high-end turntables are older, it just makes sense that turntable manufacturers would start to dedicate more of their production line to high-end fully automatic turntables. This is a step in a great direction for Pro-Ject.