Rolling Stones Recordplayer, from $539, project-audio.com

Pro-Ject Audio is an Austrian company famous for designing turntables of exceptional quality both in terms of value for money and for their sonic performance. Founded in 1991 by Heinz Lichtenegger, Pro-Ject manufactures its turntables in the Czech Republic and were at the forefront of the turntable revival of the early 90s. More recently, Pro-Ject has partnered with labels and artists directly on their limited- edition Artist Collection; each belt-driven turntable a collector’s item, with customised artwork playing tribute to iconic bands on a variety of platters, plinths and tonearms.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Beatles LP the White Album, Pro-Ject Audio has created an all-white masterpiece. Building on the 2Xperience turntable, even the tonearm and the cartridge match the distinguished colouring. The heavyweight MDF chassis is rigid and features extremely low resonances thanks to the record clamp securing the LP on the acrylic platter. The guys at Pro-Ject worked with Ortofon to create a custom 2M cartridge specifically for this turntable.

Having transcended the music realm to make its mark on popular culture, John Pasche’s infamous Rolling Stones’ “Tongue and Lip” design is back on the table. An undisputable collector’s item, the turntable is available in high-gloss black and high-gloss white in limited quantities. The supplied Ortofon OM 10 cartridge is pre-mounted and delivers sublime audiophile playback and sound.

In July 1968, the Beatles’ unique movie “Yellow Submarine” hit the silver screens, going on to become one of their most iconic moments in history. This artistic adaptation features a transparent glass platter to avoid covering up the design beneath. Ortofon created a special yellow Concorde cartridge called Sonar for this limited release. The S-shaped aluminium arm adds a touch of harmony to the sound, while the special decoupling feet make sure the turntable is safely standing on the ground without any vibration worry.

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED ORIGINALLY IN THE APRIL 2019 EDITION OF ICON MAGAZINE.

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