Automation of electronics is now considered a norm in this age of modern technology. Turntables nowadays even come automated. If you’re a casual vinyl listener or a future vinyl beginner, then Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ Automat A1 Turntable is a great choice.

This is an entry-level record player in the brand’s new Automat Line. It features a fully automatic start/stop function that completely disengages and decouples the needle and tonearm. At a press of the button, the tonearm lifts and automatically connects with the record’s outer lead-in groove to enable music playback. Then it returns to its resting position at the end of runtime. 

Moreover, Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ Automat A1 Turntable is mechanical. This means it has none of the additional electronics found in manual vinyl players so music quality is not affected.  Also, when it comes to product quality, you can only expect great form and function from one of the greats in the high-fidelity sound space. 

This Hi-Fi turntable features an 8.3″ ultra-light-mass aluminum tonearm fitted with an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. This makes for a fast response and detail in terms of transients and microdynamics. It features a stable and rigid headshell made with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Then a heavy wood chassis and a dampened platter both reduce unwanted resonances.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ Automat A1 Turntable comes with a  built-in phono preamplifier that you can easily switch off and on when needed. For convenience, you can use its added Connect E phono RCA cable. This record player even easily switches between 33 and 45 RPM with the push of a single button. It is plug-and-play ready in seconds, which makes it a great choice for vinyl beginners and experienced listeners alike.

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