Those familiar with Pro-Ject turntables might be aware that they sometimes partner for some pretty cool one-off designs and collaborations. The latest out of the High End Munich audio show PR blitz this week shows a new partnership for a Metallica themed table, and the results are pretty unique.
The plinth offers a very smart industrial design that manages to incorporate the band’s trademark lighting aesthetic into a useable base. A pre installed Pick it S2 C cartridge comes standard with the 8.6” S-shape aluminum tonearm and the top layer is a mirror finish. While the asking price of $1,600 may seem a high bar for non-audiophiles, given the audience here I would suspect that many of the OG Metallica fans have increased levels of disposable income to spend these days – and this band has some fierce followers. If you are interested in the table it goes on sale in limited qualities this summer, I would move quickly to secure one.
More info in the press release:
PRO-JECT PREVIEWS LIMITED EDITION METALLICA TURNTABLE
MISTELBACH, AUSTRIA (May 19, 2022) – Sumiko and Pro-Ject USA are thrilled to preview the new special-edition Metallica artist series turntable, designed and handmade in Europe. The Metallica Team chose Pro-Ject as their partner to collaborate for the Metallica-themed record player, continuing the brand’s proud tradition of collaborations with artists.
Pro-Ject’s design team treated the surface of the new turntable with a mirror-finished metal logo contour to give the player its distinctive look, a bold aesthetic that resonates with the iconic rock band. The S-shaped tonearm is fitted with a detachable headshell to allow quick cartridge changes, includes a factory installed and aligned Pro-Ject Pick it S2 C cartridge. Tracking force, anti-skating and VTA are all adjustable to offer flexibility and position the Metallica Limited Edition Turntable as a true audiophile investment.
METALLICA LIMITED EDITION TURNTABLE FEATURES:
• 8.6” S-shape aluminum tonearm
• VTA, tracking force & anti-skating are all fully adjustable
• Heavy MDF plinth in unique Metallica design
• Mirror finished metal top plate
• Heavy glass platter
• Aluminum sub platter
• Metal drive pulley
• Height-adjustable metal feet
• Electronic speed switch
• Precision belt drive with electronic speed control
• Premium semi-symmetrical phono cable with integrated grounding wire
• Gold plated RCA connectors
The Metallica Turntable will be available for $1599 USD in limited quantities through select Authorized Pro-Ject Audio Systems retailers beginning Summer 2022.
More info: Pro-Ject Metallica Turntable