Vertical manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge (Black)
Our take on the Pro-Ject VTE by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
A clever spring mechanism exerts ideal tracking force, so you don't have to fiddle with weights and adjust dials.
It looks odd, but boy does it sound great
To be honest, the first time I saw this turntable, I thought it was an educational display piece, or a marketing gimmick, but it's not. The Pro-Ject VTE is creative engineering coupled with the rock-solid quality we've come to expect from this company. This turntable stands vertically, and can even be wall-mounted — it's ideal for a room where countertop space is at a premium. And it's a conversation piece par excellence. We'll get into how it works in a second, but let me assure you that this turntable — like all Pro-Ject turntables — will bring out the warm, relaxed sound you expect from your prized record collection.
But seriously, how does it work?
We're used to letting gravity keep a phonograph needle in the grooves of a record, but this turntable literally turns that notion on its side. The aluminum tonearm on the VTE uses a clever spring mechanism that's pre-calibrated to track precisely. You won't have to spend any time stringing anti-skating weights or adjusting tracking force — just put on your favorite album and let the music flow. And don't worry — Pro-Ject included a record clamp so your classic vinyl doesn't fall off and roll across the living room floor.
- can stand on included feet or be wall-mounted
- aluminum tonearm with spring mechanism is calibrated to track perfectly in vertical position
- pre-adjusted tracking force & anti-skating force
- pre-mounted Ortofon OM5e cartridge
- 2-speed belt drive (33-1/3 & 45 rpm)
- optimized for right-handed operation
- record clamp included to secure record to the platter
- built-in gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
- signal-to-noise ratio: 65dB
- wow and flutter: 0.29% (33-1/3), 0.27% (45)
- requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
Dimensions and Warranty:
- 16-15/16"W x 13-5/8"H x 9-13/16"D (with feet)
- weight: 6.17 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years (1 year for the supplied cartridge)
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Vertical turntable (attached 46" stereo RCA cable/ground wire)
- AC power adapter (attached 6' DC cord)
- 3 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
- Felt mat
- Tonearm with cartridge and counterweight (pre-iinstalled) Vertical stand/foot
- Record clamp
- 45RM adapter
- Rubber damper
- Turntable bracket
- 2 Wall brackets
- 2 Screws
- 2 Nuts
- 2 Washers
- Two-point cartidge alignment protractor
- Instructions For Use
- Warranty Information
Quality is great! Aesthetically pleasing =).
Anonymous, Leesburg, VA
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Features and Specs
|45 RPM Adapter||Yes|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||65|
|Wow and Flutter||0.27|
Vertical Standing or Wall-Mount: The Pro-Ject VT-E turntable can be positioned vertically on a table or mounted vertically on a wall. You will need to install either the included vertical stand/foot or wall-bracket (wall screws not included).
Right-Hand Operation: This turntable is optimized for right-handed operation.
Belt-Drive: The Pro-Ject VT-E turntable is belt driven and includes a silicone belt which must be installed.
2 Speeds: The Pro-Ject VT-E turntable supports playback of 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records. A 45 adapter is included, along with a record clamp.
8.6" Aluminum Tonearm: The Essential II utilizes a straight 8,6" aluminum tonearm design made from a single piece of aluminum. Tracking force and anti-skating are carefully set at time of manufacturing.
Pre-Mounted Ortofon OM5e Cartridge: The pre-mounted OM5E is a magnetic cartridge (MM) with an elliptical shaped stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free vinyl playback.
Optional Phone Preamp: If your AV receiver, stereo receiver, or integrated amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MM input, a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) is required to connect the VT-E turntable.
MDF Platter + Felt Mat: The Pro-Ject Essential II employs a low-resonance platter made from 300mm MDF and includes a felt mat.
Fixed RCA Cable: The turntable features fixed 46" stereo RCA cable and ground wire.
Low Vibration Synchronous Motor: The Pro-Ject VT-E turntable employs quiet-running synchronous motor and external power supply.
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Why did you buy this?
Table-top space is a premium in my room and it's also just a good looking turntable [ TJ Nov 15, 2017 ]
Project Brand, Crutchfield, like the vertical style unit. Is unique, shows off the records when playing. Many online review rate it high and an entry level unit. [ Paul Jan 13, 2017 ]
5 questions already asked
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They may be able to help. I also did some internet searches, and didn't find people saying this was a problem. [ Jeff Jan 19, 2018 ] Staff
No, it's all manual. [ Kent Aug 12, 2017 ]
Yes it can. I presently have my VTE hooked up to a classic Marantz model 2216 receiver,and,it sounds incredible. [ WILLIAM J Jul 04, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For more details on potential upgrades to the Pro-Ject VTE, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can help you determine the best option to suit your home stereo system, preferences and budget. [ Larry Jan 27, 2017 ] Staff
No. It does not offer a headphone output. [ Ryan Nov 29, 2017 ] Staff
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