Pro-Ject Automat A1 Turntable (Black)

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Fully Automatic Belt Drive Turntable

Pre-Fitted Ortofon OM10 Cartridge

Built-In Switchable Phono Preamp

Handmade In Germany

First Shipment Due Late April

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About The Pro-Ject Automat A1 Turntable

For more than 30 years Pro-Ject have designed & produced a fine selection of manual belt drive turntables at various price points and in many different finishes. Up until now they have stayed away from releasing an automatic turntable because of the difficulty of designing and manufacturing one that lives up to their high performance standards. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. They have recently partnered with a very experienced German firm to produce their first ever automatic turntable, and by the sounds of it, they are just getting started.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems is extremely proud to announce that they have finally found access to exactly the kind of technology that allows them to make automatic turntables without degrading the sound quality to below their standards. Handmade in Germany by a traditional manufacturer with a wealth of experience in making automatic turntables, the new Pro-Ject Automat series of turntables are, according to the ever so humble Pro-Ject, the new pinnacle of automatic turntable design. This technically reliable technology is what enables them to bring the Pro-Ject sound and philosophy to an entirely new audience, and, with it, affordable and accessible high-quality Hi-Fi to people’s homes.

Pro-Ject Automat A1 Turntable

Automat Technology: The Automat technology in the A1 allows them to finally bring the Pro-Ject sound and philosophy to an entirely new audience. All the pieces of the super-complex automatic mechanisms are entirely built and assembled by hand in Germany by a traditional manufacturer, known for their superb reliability and outstanding sound quality. The chance to get access to this technology is a once in a lifetime opportunity and allows Pro-Ject to reach new pinnacles in automatic turntable design. And it all starts with the A1.

It has fully automatic start/stop with the automatic mechanism being completely disengaged and decoupled during the entire runtime of the record. The fully mechanical automatic mechanism is engaged when you press start and the tonearm is automatically moved to the lead in groove of the record. Once playing, the automatic mechanism is completely taken out of the equation and does not affect the playback quality - the free movement of the tonearm and platter - at all! And because the mechanism is working entirely mechanically – no additional electronics needed – it truly is not influencing or degrading sound quality during playback!

Controlled 33⅓/45 RPM Speeds: In typical Pro-Ject fashion, the motor is electronically controlled for the most accurate and stable playback speeds. Easily switch between 33⅓ and 45 RPM with the push of a button.

Switchable Built-In Phono Preamp: The built-in phono preamp makes the A1 incredibly versatile and allows you to connect it directly to any input on your amplifier or to an active speaker-set. The phono preamp can also be switched off, which allows you to use your own phono preamp or your amplifier’s phono input.

Ultra-Light-Mass Aluminium Tonearm: The A1 features an 8.3” ultra-light-mass aluminium tonearm. Together with the Ortofon OM10, which fits this design principle perfectly, you get extraordinarily fast response and detail in terms of transients and micro-dynamics. A little-known fact is that the OM series of cartridges have their developmental roots and legacy in ultra-light-mass tonearm designs. Tracking force and anti-skating are factory pre-adjusted which makes the A1 plug & play ready within a few seconds. This makes it perfect for vinyl beginners and experienced listeners alike as the sound quality is retained by all the audiophile features the A1 has on offer.

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Anti-Magnetic Headshell: The headshell is a completely new design especially for the A1. It is made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer which makes it super stable and rigid, all while keeping the weight at its lowest to work perfectly with the ultra-light-mass tonearm design. The polymer/carbon composite material results in excellent internal dampening of resonances.

Heavy Wooden Chassis: The wooden chassis avoids hollow spaces wherever possible, with just enough space to precision fit all the inner workings of the A1. As a result, the chassis’ heavy mass reduces unwanted resonances to a minimum and decouples the A1 from outside influences.

Semi-Symmetrical Phono Cable With Gold Plated Connectors: The A1 comes with Pro-Ject’s Connect it E phono cable. It is a semi-balanced, low-capacitance cable, with superior shielding. Compared to other digital and analogue music sources, the signal coming from a turntable cartridge is very fragile in nature and cheap RCA cables often do not provide the ideal conditions for getting a phono signal to an amplifier. The Connect it E is purpose-designed for this exact application and unique in this price class.

Damped Aluminium Platter: The aluminium platter is 100% made in Germany. In three operations it is first stamped, bent and perforated. After that, it goes directly to the next local German supplier for phosphating and de-oiling. A damping ring on the inside is added to increase weight and reduce resonances. In an extra step, it is then lathed and precision balanced to receive its fine edges and achieve the lowest wow and flutter deviations. Finally, it gets its smooth paint job, adding to the all-black stylish and clean looks of the A1.

New Feet With Silicon Damping: The new feet effectively decouple the turntable from the surface it is placed on using an internal silicon damping layer. This is an essential feature for every good turntable as it acts as yet another mechanism to ensure your vinyl playback is not influenced by outside interference and resonances.

Handmade In Germany: The A1 is fully handmade by Fehrenbacher GmbH in St Georgen, Germany (the production facility of the original 20th-century Dual turntables) and looks back on decades of experience in turntable manufacturing. 100% assembled and adjusted by some of the best engineers the company has to offer. Even all the individual components of the A1 are 98-99% made and produced in Germany – either within the factory or its immediate vicinity. The entire region is rich in turntable tradition resulting in high quality and unique products. Paired with Pro-Ject technology and ideas, this sets new standards in automatic turntable design. The A1 is the beginning of a new Pro-Ject story.

About Pro-Ject

Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded in 1991 by Heinz Lichtenegger. The products are designed in Mistelbach, Austria and exclusively made in Europe at manufacturing plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and then shipped to more than 80 countries world-wide. Pro-Ject are best known for their high quality belt drive turntables which are often seen as the best in class at their various price points. In particular the Debut series of turntables has been the go-to record player of choice for many a budding music lover at the affordable end of the price spectrum.

Pro-Ject turntables allow you to experience again the clarity, warmth and magic to be found in the grooves on your vinyl, at very reasonable prices. With simple designs and high construction standards, performance has always been the priority. Fully manual operation coupled with the best materials and components available at each price level ensures the best possible value. Of course, here at Audio Trends, we've been selling them since the beginning of time (almost) and due to our passion for all things analogue - read vinyl - can tell you everything you need to know about our fantastic range of their products.

Whilst turntables are a large part of the Pro-Ject story the company has also ventured into high quality micro sized audio products in recent years including phono preamps, DAC’s, streamers and amplifiers.

Our Take On The Pro-Ject Automat A1 Turntable

Manual turntables have long been a turn off for a significant proportion of the population who don’t want the hassle of accurately cueing their delicate stylus onto the start of a moving record and then have it make annoying swishing/clicking noises at the end of a, still moving, record. Various gadgets have come along over the years to help by lifting your tonearm at the end of playing a record but these were always just add-ons and weren’t always effective or even possible to use at all depending on the particular model of turntable you owned. Pro-Ject has long realised that the biggest wish for many potential vinyl customers was an automatic turntable but they were never able to find a way of doing it that didn’t involve significant performance compromises. Those with long memories might remember the fabulous Dual turntables produced last century which were both automatic and high performance so it makes perfect sense that they have partnered with the same company that produced those turntables to produce the Automat A1. Want to experience the joy of vinyl without the hassle of manual operation? The Pro-Ject Automat A1 has you covered.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: Fully Automatic Belt Drive Turntable
  • Pre-fitted & adjusted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
  • Built in switchable phono preamp
  • 8.3” black-aluminium ultra-light-mass tonearm
  • Precise mechanics with automated start and stop
  • Damped aluminium platter for decreased wow & flutter
  • Special carbon fibre reinforced anti-magnetic headshell
  • Resonance damped wooden chassis
  • New feet with silicon damping
  • Electronically controlled playback speeds
  • Premium semi-symmetrical Connect it E phono cable
  • Gold plated RCA cable connectors
  • Dust cover included
  • Handmade in Germany


  • Speed: 33⅓, 45 (electronic speed change)
  • Drive Principle: belt drive, fully automatic
  • Platter: damped aluminium platter
  • Wow & Flutter: 33⅓: +/-0.27%, 45: +/-0.25%
  • Speed Drift: 33⅓: +/-0.75%, 45: +/-0.65%
  • Signal To Noise: 65dB
  • Tonearm: ultra-light-mass 8.3” aluminium tonearm
  • Effective Arm Length: 211mm
  • Overhang: 19.5mm
  • Included Accessories: 15V DC / 0.8A Power Supply, Acrylic Dust Cover, 7” Single Adapter, Felt Mat, Phono Cable
  • Power Consumption: 1.5W
  • Finished In Black
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 130 x 365 mm
  • Weight: 5.6 kg net
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

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