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Master of playback: Enter the Pro-Ject Limited Edition Metallica turntable

The Pro-Ject Metallica turntable spins a bright red vinyl record

Austrian Hi-Fi specialist Pro-Ject Audio Systems has announced the Metallica Limited Edition turntable

Designed in partnership with the world-conquering heavy metal band, the deck combines an eye-catching design with audiophile construction. 

Handmade in Europe, the collector’s item features a suitably heavy MDF plinth with unique Metallica design, and mirror finished, metal top plate. A glass platter ensures Pro-Ject Metallic graphics remain in full view when it’s not spinning discs.

 The turntable also boasts a diamond-cut aluminium sub-platter, which adds weight, to provide additional damping of noise and unwanted resonances. 

A glass platter ensures the Pro-Ject Metallic graphics remain in full view when it’s not spinning discs…

There’s more aluminium for the S-shape tonearm’s base and bearing.

The Pro-Ject Audio Metallica turntable comes pre-adjusted with Pro-Ject’s Pick it S2 C cartridge, out of the box. The S-shaped tonearm is fitted with a detachable SME headshell to allow quick cartridge changes. Tracking force and anti-skating are adjustable, to fine tune performance.

A close up of the S-shape tonearm tracking a bright red vinyl record on the Pro-Ject Metallica turntable
The Metallica deck comes with Pro-Ject’s Pick it S2 C cartridge

Pro-Ject says the super accurate pulley and supreme sub-platter ensures speed stability (wow & flutter: 33: +/-0,16%; 45: +/-0,14%), while height-adjustable heavy-duty metal feet help ensure it stays level on any surface.

A toggle switch changes between 33 and 45 RPM; Pro-Ject also includes a belt for 78 RPM (shellac) records.

Available from August, the Pro-Ject Audio Systems Metallica Turntable is priced at £1,149.

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