Since its original launch in October 2016, the Primary turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been an overwhelming international success with those on a tight budget. Over the last two years it has won many friends at the price thanks to its ease of use, neat, retro aesthetic and premium audio performance.

Pro-Ject say they want to provide customers a high quality “Made in Europe” alternative that doesn’t break the bank, so they’ve updated the Primary in order to make it more affordable than ever before. The Primary E takes its overall design inspiration from a merging of the Elemental and the Essential II turntable designs. 

Like the original Primary, the Primary E uses the same 8.6” aluminium tonearm as the Elemental, with sapphire bearings. The tonearm is pre-configured and engineered to match the supplied Ortofon OM pick-up cartridge, so there’s no need to set-up the tracking force or anti-skate during installation.

Unlike the original model, the Primary E now uses a direct-to-mains 230V motor. By removing the need for an external wall-wart power supply, the Primary E eliminates the need for any additional power signal processing but still retains a quiet, consistent motor rotation. The motor itself powers the same perimeter drive belt system as the original Primary.

In its general appearance, the Primary E still takes inspiration from the Essential II. It shares the Essential II’s wood construction and the purpose-designed wood platter/felt mat combination. The plinth is finished in matte black and the added benefit of this layout is in the included detachable dust cover.

SRP £149.00  

The Pro-Ject Primary E is available across the UK now. Available in Black finish.

Technical Information


Device: Perimeter Belt Drive Turntable
Speed: 33 and 45RPM (manual speed change)
Speed Variance: 33: 0.8%

45: 0.7%

Wow & Flutter: 33: 0.29%

45: 0.27%

Platter: 300 mm with felt mat
Main Bearing: Stainless Steel
Tonearm: 8.6” aluminium
Effective Arm Length: 218.5 mm
Overhang: 22.0mm
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0g
Counterweight: For Cartridges Weighing: 3 – 5.5g
Tracking Force Range 0 – 25mN (18mN pre-adjusted)
Included Accessories: Dustcover, Felt Mat
Power Consumption: 4.5W (max.)


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