Pro-Ject announce Sgt. Pepper Turntables
On June 1st, 2017, the iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns fifty years old. To mark the occasion, The Beatles have released three Anniversary Editions of the album in association with Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol and USM. Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in both stereo and 5.1 surround audio, amongst the anniversary releases is a Double LP Deluxe Vinyl edition that deserves to only be played on the best turntables available. So to support the release, Pro-Ject have announced two turntables, which provide the full vinyl playback experience that the most serious Beatles fans would expect.
Built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this special edition of the 2 Xperience SB is supplied in an elegant walnut finish, accented by a striking print finish on top. Around the edge is a classic-yet-minimal border, inside which are two instantly recognisable logos. First, above the speed control is the iconic band logo for The Beatles; second is the unmistakeable drum kit design from the front cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s album sleeve.
In all other areas, the turntable is the same as the original, coveted 2 Xperience SB. The heavy, non- resonant plinth and sandwich platter make an ideal playback platform for vinyl, so the precision- engineered motor with integrated speed control (for automatic switching between 33 and 45 RPM) can perform optimally. Supplied with the high-end 9CC Evolution carbon fibre tonearm, and finished with an Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge, this is an advanced turntable package that really sings.
The Essential III has been an international hit since its release in late-2016. Following on from the multi-award winning MK II model, the Essential III combines style and substance into an enviably affordable package. After being re-worked earlier this year as the George Harrison Record Player, the Essential III is now getting the Sgt. Pepper treatment.
The Essential III: Sgt. Pepper’s Drum is a non-limited, special edition release, designed to give more Beatles fans access to high-quality audio equipment emblazoned with the iconic group’s imagery.The striking blue MDF plinth boasts a vintage print to the top-panel, allowing the turntable to stand out from the crowd. Then, in glorious multi-colour, the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s drum kit logo is printed in the middle of the plinth. Adding an understated subtlety to the overall appearance, the frosted matte acrylic platter helps reveal the drum skin print underneath.
Aside from the cosmetic differences and the inclusion of an acrylic platter, all other characteristics of the turntable match the Essential III design. From the sleek MDF plinth with its precision-engineered main bearing, through the high-grade motor with aluminium pulley and onto the 8.6” aluminiumtonearm with Ortofon OM 10 cartridge. The Essential III is a remarkable piece of affordable audiophilia.
These sleek turntables are available for pre-order now and shipping is expected at the end of May / beginning of June.