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Pro-Ject E1

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

Item # 252E1BK

This entry-level turntable from Pro-Ject's E1 line offers easy setup and solid build quality.

This entry-level turntable from Pro-Ject's E1 line offers easy setup and solid build quality.

Item # 252E1BK

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About the Pro-Ject E1

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An affordable, reliable turntable

The Pro-Ject E1 is built to last. It boasts a rigid, lightweight tonearm, a vibration-damping silicone drive belt, and a solid base that rests on vibration-absorbing feet. A pre-mounted Ortofon OM 5e cartridge is included, and tracking force and anti-skating are pre-set at the factory, so you can get set up and start playing records quickly. And you can switch from 33-1/3 to 45 RPM electronically, without having to make manual belt adjustments.

Product highlights:

  • anti-resonant ABS polymer platter with felt mat
  • silicone drive belt provides excellent vibration damping
  • 8.6" one-piece aluminum tonearm with low-friction, vibration-free bearing
    • includes pre-mounted Ortofon OM 5e moving magnet cartridge
  • tracking force and anti-skating are pre-set at the factory
  • solid CNC-machined composite fiber plinth with shock absorbing feet
  • damped DC motor
    • electronic switching between 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • fully manual operation
  • pre-attached RCA output cable
Performance specs:
  • speed variance: 0.7% (at 33-1/3 RPM), 0.6% (at 45 RPM)
  • wow and flutter: 0.25% (at 33-1/3 RPM), 0.23% (at 45 RPM)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 65dB
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 16-3/8"W x 4-3/8"H (with dust cover down) x 13-9/16"D
  • weight: 7.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years (1 year warranty for the supplied cartridge)
  • MFR # 9120122291801

What's in the box:

  • Turntable
  • Sub-platter (pre-installed)
  • Tone-arm (pre-installed)
  • Cartridge w/ stylus (pre-installed)
  • Counter-weight (pre-installed)
  • Platter
  • Belt
  • Mat
  • AC power adapter (attached 57" DC cord)
  • 3 AC power plugs (US/UK/EU)
  • 45RPM adapter
  • Dust cover
  • Stylus pressure gauge
  • Two-point cartridge alignment protractor
  • Allen-key
  • Instructions for Use

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More details on the Pro-Ject E1

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Features & specs

Color Gloss Black
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Drive Type Belt
Pitch Control No
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Attached
Power Cable ---
Materials and Construction
Plinth Composite Fiber
Platter ABS Polymer
Tone Arm Shape Straight
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, Lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge Ortofon OM 5E
Cartridge Type MM
Removable Headshell No
Tracking Weight 1.75 g (17.5mN)
Frequency Response 20-25,000
Output Voltage 4.0
Load Impedance 47,000
Load Capacitance 200-500
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 65
Wow and Flutter 0.25
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 16.375
Height (Inches) 4.375
Depth (Inches) 13.5625
Weight 7.7 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 2 Years
Turntable Labor Warranty 2 Years
Cartridge Parts Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Belt-Drive System with Electronic Speed Switching: The E1 turntable features Pro-Ject's proven manual belt-drive system with an electronically regulated, precision-speed AC motor. The precision-speed AC motor drives a silicone belt attached to a newly designed sub-platter with optinum damping for low-noise operation. The Pro-Ject E1 turntable supports 33 and 45 RPM speeds (45 RPM adapter included).

Anti-Resonant Platform: The stylish CNC-machined composite fiber plinth (available in high gloss black, high gloss white or walnut finish) is carefully manufactured to ensure there are no hollow spaces inside. The new ABS Polymer main platter is strengthened with specifically designed ridges in order to create an ideal, anti-resonant platform for your vinyl records. A felt mat is also included for added protection against unwanted resonance. In addition, the purpose-chosen turntable feet also do a good job of isolating the E1 turntable from ambient vibrations around your hi-fi system.

One-Piece Aluminum Tonearm: The lightweight and low friction 8.6" aluminum tonearm is optimized for the included Ortofon OM5e cartridge and will bring out its maximum potential.  With its straight, 8.6" effective length and stiff aluminum construction, this one-piece tonearm also features low-friction bearings for absolute accuracy in use. Besides the clean and stylish looks, the integrated headshell won't cause any additional vibrations either, and is a big improvement over many other detachable, screwed-on or glued-on headshells.

Ortofon OM5e MM Cartridge: The Pro-Ject E1 comes supplied with a high quality Ortofon OM5e Moving Magnet cartridge, featuring an elliptical diamond stylus tip for true high-fidelity playback from your vinyl record collection. With its pre-adjusted tracking force and anti skating by Pro-Ject's experienced technicians in the factory, you know the turntable will sound its best.

Attached Stereo RCA Cable: The Pro-Ject E1 is outfitted with an attached 44" stereo RCA cable to connect the turntable to a Phono MM input of your integrated amplifier or receiver.

Note: The Pro-Ject E1 requires a Phono MM input. If your integrated amp or AV receiver does not feature a dedicated Phono MM input, you'll also need an external Phono MM preamp (sold separately - see Accessories List).

Hinged Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject E1 comes with a hinged, clear acrylic dust cover to protect the turntable and your vinyl records from dust build-up.

  • Dimensions With Dust Cover Closed: 16.375" (w) x 4.375" (h) x 13.5625" (d)
  • Dimensions with Dust Cover Opened: 16.375" (w) x 14.5" (h) x 15.5" (d)

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