Home | High-End Audio Reviews | Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags | Daily News | Search   

  High-End Audiophile Review Magazine & Audio Equipment Reviews

High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews
Show Reports, Hi-Res Audio & Industry News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Munich HIGH END Show Report 2016
High End Society Munich Germany
Munich HIGH END 2016 Show Report
Pro-Ject DAC Box DS2 Ultra, Plus Classic And VTE R / VTE L Turntables


 

  Pro-Ject Audio Systems came out big and strong at HIGH END 2016, and for very good reason. They had so many new products that it is nearly impossible for a humble guy like me to keep track of them all. For those unfamiliar, Pro-Ject is an Austrian company founded in 1990 in Vienna by Heinz Lichtenegger. Heinz believed that analog playback was the most cost-effective and best way to listen to music in audiophile quality and still maintains that belief 25 years later. Inspired by the concept of supporting analog in the face of the digital onslaught, Pro-Ject Audio Systems is a driving force in reinventing analog turntables for the hi-fi market. Sure they also offer very high quality digital audio products, yet their turntables shined brightly at HIGH END 2016.

 

 

Pro-Ject new Classic turntable (1000) rides on a special TPE dampening for the plinth. An aluminum carbon tonearm and 2M silver cartridge is included. This easy to use 'plug & play' design and shows that set-up does not need to be complicated like rocket-science. Belt drive has two settings, being the industry standard 33.3 and 45 rpm. Height adjustable decoupling feet ensures the platter is level and certain detrimental vibrations are kept at bay. Precision balanced TPE-damped aluminum-platter is joined by a felt mat, which all sits atop a specially-designed metal / MDF sandwich chassis floating on Pro-Ject's TPE suspension. The Classic turntable includes a 9" carbon / aluminum tonearm with MM & MC cartridge capability. Speaking of cartridge, Pro-Ject's Classic turntable is optionally available with 2M Silver phono cartridge. For tweakers and those who demand precision, azimuth and VTA are fully adjustable.

 

 

As i said earlier, Pro-Ject also offers high-end audio digital products such as their new DAC Box DS2 Ultra (599) with AK4498 chip and AK4137 for sampling rate conversion. It also provides upsampling too. Standard cabinet is all aluminum, with the wood side panels adding 100. Getting back to the chipset, the Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK4490 32-bit/784kHz DAC works its magic and does also provide DSD256 capability. The AK4490 DAC integrates a switched capacitor filter OSR Doubler that greatly reduces sound degradation from noise shaping, which is said to achieve a flat noise floor of up to 200kHz. A sophisticated sampling rate converter, the AK4137EQ, converts any incoming signal between 44.1kHz and 384kHz up to 768kHz. This allows use of the low pass filter, which Pro-Ject says is needed to filter carrier frequencies and digital distortion at much higher frequencies without any sound degenerating effect. As you can see in the photo above, it handles virtually all types of digital inputs, has unbalanced RCA output plus 12V trigger for home automation.

 

 

 

What really caught my eye was the truly ingenious, and lovely, wall fixture within the Pro-Ject booth at HIGH END 2016. No, it was not a photograph or painting, but a wall-mounted turntable! Pro-Jet now has a wall mounted turntable that uses a spring on the tonearm for tracking force.

 

 

 

VTE and comes in left or right handed and with or without Bluetooth (315 or 420 with Ortofon OM5 cartridge). It can also be vertically standing on a table, or or wall mounted of course. Furthermore, Pro-Ject went the extra mile to offer a right- and left-handed version! An included record clamp secures your beloved vinyl LP to the platter. Pro-Ject's VTE L and VTE R (left or right) has a silicone belt-driven platter and low vibration synchronous motor with DC power supply. Also included is an 8.6" aluminum tonearm. The turntable is pre-adjusted for tracking force and anti-skating force. So how does the VTE turntable do it's magical trick? The tonearm relies on a specially-designed spring to ensure proper vertical tracking force. Color options include black matt, White matt, and red matt. Project's VTE L and VTE R earns an Enjoy the Music.com award for Turntable Style.

 

 

 

---> Back to HIGH END 2016 show report homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

 

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
New York Audio Show 2019 Report
Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show Report 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2019
Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Warsaw Audio Show Report 2018
New York Audio Show 2018 Report
Capital Audiofest 2018 Report
Copenhagen HighEnd 2018 Show Report
Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show Report 2018
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2018
CanJam 2018 Denver RMAF Report
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
STEREO Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

Social Media & Video
     

 

 

 

    

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2019  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.