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Pro-Ject The Classic

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge (Rosenut)

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Pro-ject celebrated their 25th anniversary by introducing a ‘table that combines the best of past and present. The well-named Classic features a solid wood chassis that harkens back to vintage designs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The modern technology inside reflects Pro-ject's quarter century of intelligent turntable design. This 'table's beautiful looks will enhance any room, as it delivers the special music mojo that makes us cherish records from any era.

Elegant design and warm, relaxed sound 

Pro-ject celebrated their 25th anniversary by introducing a ‘table that combines the best of past and present. The well-named Classic features a solid wood chassis that harkens back to vintage designs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The modern technology inside reflects Pro-ject's quarter century of intelligent turntable design. This 'table's beautiful looks will enhance any room, as it delivers the special music mojo that makes us cherish records from any era.

Innovative technology produces a Classic sound

For this 25th-anniversary offering, Pro-Ject uses a finely balanced, heavy aluminum platter with a sandwiched layer of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) around its perimeter — it's a proven method for reducing the resonance that lesser platters can produce. Six TPE balls isolate the wooden chassis from the floating sub-chassis, which helps isolate the platter and tonearm from vibrations of the motor.

The new carbon fiber-clad aluminum tonearm is pre-fitted with an Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge, which uses silver spools in the cartridge body to provide a more precise sound. Music will sound deeper, richer, and more dynamic than ever.

Easy setup

Pro-Ject knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why this 'table comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its factory-mounted tonearm and cartridge take the guesswork out of getting started, so you can enjoy optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few minutes to dial in key settings like tracking force, anti-skating, and platter speed are all that's needed to experience musical revelations waiting for you on your favorite records.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-speed manual belt-drive turntable
  • one-piece carbon fiber clad aluminum tonearm with advanced bearing structure for superior rigidity and reduced resonance
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Silver moving magnet cartridge with silver spools in the cartridge body for exceptional resolution and detail
  • heavy aluminum platter with TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) technology effectively damps unwanted resonance
  • precision chrome-plated stainless steel and bronze bearing system with Teflon® bottom for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • felt platter mat supplied to protect records from scratches
  • adjustable azimuth and VTA allow you to use various cartridges
  • wooden chassis with aluminum/MDF sub-chassis "floating" on six TPE bearings for reduced vibration
  • low-noise AC motor decoupled from base for reduced vibration transmission and better sound
  • external power supply with ultra-precise DC-driven AC generator for speed stability
  • manual operation with silicone-damped tonearm lift
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variance: 0.15% at 33-1/3 rpm , 0.12% at 45 rpm
  • wow and flutter: 0.11% at 33-1/3 rpm, 0.1% at 45 rpm
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 71dB
  • gold-plated RCA and ground terminal connectors (cable included)
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
  • 18-1/8"W x 5-3/16"H (with dust cover down) x 13-13/16"D
  • weight: 22.48 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years (1 year warranty for the supplied cartridge)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable (tone-arm and cartridge installed)
  • Hub (installed)
  • AC power adapter
  • 3 Adjustable feet
  • Drive belt
  • Platter
  • Mat
  • Dust cover
  • Anti-skating weight
  • Counterweight (installed on tone-arm)
  • Single adapter
  • 4' Stereo RCA audio cable (with ground wire)
  • Headshell weight
  • Stylus pressure gauge
  • Hook tool
  • 2 Allen-keys
  • Pair of white gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Instructions For Use

Awesome product and service to match. Our vinyl records have never sounded better.

Robert, Wayne, PA


Pro-Ject The Classic Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

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Robert from Wayne, PA on 12/30/2018

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Awesome product and service to match. Our vinyl records have never sounded better.

Pros: Best turntable I've had. We looked at 3 and this was the best for the money.

Cons: Setting the stylus pressure was tricky. I bought a digital gauge for $30. Better sound at the low end of the range.

i am in heaven!

Greg from Youngstown, OH on 12/23/2018

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I am 66 years old. So everyone thinks I am a fuddy-duddy. Maybe so, but I still have two ears and a brain. Best turntable I have ever had. my 42 year old Duetche Grammaphones have NEVER sounded better.

Pros: What I just said.

Cons: None. Not now. Ever. End of story !

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Crutchfield customer from Derby, KS on 4/5/2018

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Great sounding turntable the highs crisp and clear love the walnut case very happy with the purchase thank you cruchfield



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andrew from Fort Pierce, FL on 2/27/2018

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Beautiful table. Easy setup, sounds great.



You will simply fall in love with the sound

Tim from Concord ,NY on 1/2/2018

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First off let me begin my review as I do with everything I purchase from Crutchfield by saying Crutchfield is the BEST!!!!! When ever I can I will buy from them, hands down the best. The turntable by Pro-Ject "The Classic" is the best.In this price range you can't go wrong. I've read other reviews elsewhere on people saying to upgrade from the Ortofon cartridge but I don't agree. maybe someday I will but this cartridge sounds fantastic. The turntable works flawlessly. I have owned 7 turntables since 1976 and this by far has the best sound. The sound is warm and soundstage much more noticeable .Records I haven't played in years sound better than I remember. When I listen with headphones the sound is truly unbelievable. Set-up was simple and sweet. It is Beautiful and am very happy

Pros: WOW I can list that packaging, setup , quality, appearance and operation are all Pros to this turntable because they are. The number one Pro is the sweet warm sound

Cons: I threw the cheap wool mat away and replaced it with a cork mat, very happy with that decision.

Beautiful & Solid Turntable

Dave from Dallas, TX on 12/31/2017

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The table sets up easily, no thanks to the instruction manual, and works beautifully. The Classic's style doesn't obtrude in a room filled with ordinary furniture and likely won't age as quickly as many "modern" designs have. I don't know whether this turntable is at the bottom of the high end or the top of the mid-range, but at this price point Pro-Ject should have ensured that its set-up and operating instructions were as clear in English as they probably are in German, and I'm dinging them a star on that ground alone. (This was, by the way, a gift from my wife, whose email address is being used.)

Pros: Straightforward, no nonsense turntable. Early days, but it looks like it's built to last.

Cons: Instruction manual. RCA plugs could have been inset more.

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Chris from Clovis, CA on 8/13/2017

For the price this certainly deserves 5 Stars. I upgraded this turntable from a Carbon DC and it is a much more quiet turntable when running. I'm using a Clearaudio Concept MM2 cart and it sounds much better than the stock Ortofon 2M Silver. I'm looking forward to adding an MC cartridge in the near future.

Pros: Great turntable for the price. Very quiet motor.

Cons: Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge that comes with the unit.

My New Heirloom

Fritz Von Brookkyn from Brooklyn, NY on 4/26/2017

I am sort of in the same boat as reviewer John from Simi Valley, I like this turntable a lot, it is an upgrade from the Pro Ject DC Carbon Esprit, not a leaps and bounds better, but enough of an improvement to make me very happy. I only have about 10 hours on it, so I am sure it will open up some more as it breaks in. I too opted for a better cartridge the Hana EL and also swapped out the mat with a Funk Firm Achromat. The bass now has a little more giddy up and the midranges are much airer with more space and depth. It took a little getting used to adjusting the VTA, but did not take me long to figure out the quirks. Also enjoy having the adjustable feet. Oh, and it's even more stunning in real life, especially with the the new mat I got in blue. This is a keeper and hope to grow with this TT with upgrades in the future.

Pros: Adjustable feet, VTA, and Azimuth. Great tone arm with medium effective mass leaves it open to other cartridge upgrades, runs quietly with no hum. Looks great with solid build, no cheeps parts.

Cons: Cost, it would be nice if you could get the unit with out the cartridge. Also the mat should be of higher quality. Also the metal platter does attract a lot of static. These are minor, really enjoying this deck.

Love it! It works like a turntable, effortlessly.

John from Simi Valley, CA on 4/16/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First off I am very happy with this turntable, I has the look I love and I feel the tech explained shows up in clear crisp reproduction, and it is not even close to being broken in yet. I did not mess with the factory installed cartridge, talked to people, it is entry level and if you are spending this much on a turntable you should already know that you also need to spend almost as much, if not more to really get a high quality cartridge, (I got a Hana SH) and also ordered a lower mass counter weight to get this set up right. Yes so far I think this is a great investment in your musical enjoyment!

Pros: Set up nicely Cool tonearm assembly came with alright cables

Cons: Nothing really, any pain was self inflected, but worth it - Upgrade the cartridge!


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 71
Wow and Flutter 0.11
Weight 22.49 lbs.

Product Research


Belt Drive with Electronic Speed Control: The Pro-Ject Classic turntable utilizes a belt drive system with electronic speed control (33/45 rpm).

TPE Chassis & Platter: The Pro-Ject Classis features a Metal/MDF sandwich chassis floating on TPE suspension. It also features a precision balanced TPE-damped aluminum platter and felt mat.

Carbon/Aluminum Tone-arm: The Classic features a 9" one-piece carbon/aluminum tone-arm. The conical-shaped carbon/aluminum arm-tube avoids standing wave reflections. The tone-arm features a Japanese ball bearing base with an integrated central vertical cable outlet for unhindered arm movement. A TPE damped counterweight is also included.

MM-Cartridge: The turntable is supplied with a Ortofon 2M Silver MM-cartridge. If your amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MM input, you will need a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) to connect the turntable to your amplifier.

RCA Connection with Grounding Screw: Connection to the phono input of your amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your choice through the turntable's gold-plated stereo RCA phono jacks and grounding screw. The Pro-Ject turntable comes supplied with a 4' stereo RCA cable with ground wire.

Adjustable Decoupling Feet: The turntable features height adjustable decoupling feet for greater stability. The feet must be installed during setup.

Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject Classic comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

Colors: Available in Walnut, Rosewood, and Eucalyptus finishes.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I liked the fact that this table offered additional dampening and adjustable feet versus the other products in Pro-Ject's line. [ Maria  Nov 27, 2018 ]
Got good reviews and I love shopping at Crutchfield [ TIMOTHY  Dec 11, 2017 ]
My Mom threw away my dads old Dual without telling me, bless her soul. I saw this and had to have it. Old school looks meets new tech - this will be an upgrade even though the old one would have lasted a lifetime. [ John  Apr 02, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

Sorry, We have not replaced the cartridge. [ Dionne  Jun 03, 2018 ]
I recommend a professional do the replacement. If not familiar with doing it, lots to consider. Cartridge weight, balancing, alignment, etc. Also consider upgrading the interconnect cables, you will notice a huge difference from the supplied one. I have a Hana and really good Cardas cables, sounds amazing. I figured equal cost to the TT, equals lifetime of enjoyment, and still cheaper than the high-price TT's with factory supplied components. [ John  May 27, 2018 ]
No different than any other turntable, but just make sure you use proper counter weight as there are two called out for this turntable. You can go to project web site to get an idea of what cartridges are avail and which weight is recommended etc... i have the superpack version of this turtable and it came with the blue point number 2, great cartridge. [ joseph  May 27, 2018 ]