Pro-Ject USA and Sumiko have previewed Austrian company Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ new special-edition artist series turntable based on Metallica.
Pro-Ject says the Metallica team selected the venerable audio brand as their partner to collaborate for the Metallica-themed record player, continuing a proud tradition of collaborations between the manufacturer and artists (a few years back they similarly honored The Beatles’ White Album anniversary, for instance).
Designed and handmade in Europe, the new turntable has been treated by the Pro-Ject-design team with a mirror-finished metal logo contour to give the player its distinctive look, “a bold aesthetic that resonates with the iconic rock band,” according to the company.
The 8.6-inch S-shaped tonearm is fitted with a detachable headshell to allow quick cartridge changes, including a factory-installed and -aligned Pro-Ject Pick it S2 cartridge.
The company adds that tracking force, anti-skating and VTA are all adjustable to offer flexibility “and position the Metallica Limited Edition Turntable as a true audiophile investment.”
Other highlights of the themed turntable include:
- Heavy MDF plinth in unique Metallica design
- Heavy glass platter
- Aluminum sub platter
- Metal drive pulley
- Height-adjustable metal feet
- Electronic speed switch
- Precision belt drive with electronic speed control
- Premium semi-symmetrical phono cable with integrated grounding wire
- Gold-plated RCA connectors
Pro-Ject says the Metallica Turntable will be available for $1,599 in limited quantities through select authorized Pro-Ject Audio Systems dealers beginning in summer 2022.
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