A timelessly elegant record player of the highest quality has been developed in cooperation with the Austrian company, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, to mark the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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The orchestra

For the past 175 years, the Vienna Philharmonic has been inseparably linked with European musical tradition from the classical to the contemporary. The Philharmonic‘s performances have gone down in musical history and several masterpieces have been written for the ensemble. When in 1842, conductor and composer Otto Nicolai and music critics August Schmidt and Alfred Julius Becher considered the founding of a professional orchestra for the performance of symphonic repertoire (which until that time had not existed in Vienna), the primary goal was to facilitate high quality performances of the sympho- nies of Ludwig van Beethoven. From the beginning, this undertaking found willing partners in the members of the Imperial Court Opera Orchestra.

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The record player

Uniquely, 175 – The Vienna Philharmonic record player is fashioned from material found in musical instruments. The wooden chassis and the lacquer of the 175 correspond to that of a violin. The gilded metal chassis is based on the brass instruments of the orchestra, while the ngerlift comes from a clarinet ap. Even the knob for switching on and changing speeds comes from a ute button. The technical heart of the turntable is the latest in record player design from Pro-Ject Audio Systems, based on Pro-Ject’s multi-award-winning model, “The Classic.” The design team has improved every technical detail, and produced the new model according to Pro-Ject’s highest standard of build quality, with the tightest tolerances. Supplied with the 175 is a hand-selected cartridge, the result of a collaboration with Ortofon, based on their top-of-the-line Cadenza series. The housing of the cartridge is made from a very high damping alloy, carefully polished to match the surface of the turntable. The outcome is an extremely mellifluous sound, reflecting the goal of this collaboration: to approximate as closely as possible the sound of the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic. A limited edition series of 175 samples, the 175 o ers music aficionados a unique collector‘s item in a classical design. It is available in two colours: Dark Cello or Bright Violin. At the back of the turntable is a plaque with the serial number and the name of the owner.

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Techical data

  • Nominal speeds: 33/45 r.p.m (electronic speed change) Drive principle: beltdrive;
  • Platter: aluminum, 300mm diameter;
  • Axle main bearing: stainless steel;
  • Wow and utter: at 33 U/min: ±0,10 %, at 45 U/min: ±0, 09 % Speed variance: at 33 U/min: ±0,13 %, at 45 U/min: ±0,10 % Signal to noise: 72dB;
  • Tone arm: 9“ Aluminium S-Shape, Brass Headshell;
  • Cartridge: Selected High-End Moving Coil System Ortofon 175 Accessories included: record clamp, leather pad, dust cover, high end phono cable, precision scale;
  • Power supply: 110/ 120 or 230/240 Volt at 50 or 60 Hz Power consumption: maximum 5 Watt, < 0,5 Watt in Standby Dimensions (W x H x D): 462 x 131 x 351mm;
  • Weight: 13 kg netto.

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Every record player is produced exclusively by hand over a two-month time period and will ship in premium boxes made from wood. The accessories, too, are delivered in an exclusive wood casket.

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Visit the Pro-Ject website.