With a whole host of enhancements, The Classic SB Superpack from Project takes this classic turntable to the next level.
The Classic made better
The SB Superpack takes the Classic and makes it better. Much better. Adding electronic speed control, an upgraded Ortofon Quintet Red, Leather-IT mat, Clamp-It and improved interconnect, the Classic SB Superpack takes sound quality to the next level.
Inbuilt speed control
Electronic speed control offers perfect speed stability for a precise, solid sound. Electronic control offers easy switching between 33 and 45 speeds. The included additional drive belt also allows for 78-rpm playback, when placed around the larger rung of the pulley.
Top quality MC cartridge
Worth around £250 in its own right, the Ortofon Quintet Red cartridge is the ideal match for this quality turntable. MC cartridges offer a more precise and natural sound, with the natural flow of music unimpeded.
The little extras that make a big difference
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference and that’s definitely the case here. Fitting a Leather IT mat (normally £50), Clamp-IT weight (£75) and Connect-IT CC RCA phono leads (£99) all combine to lift the performance to the next level.
Isolated twin-plinth for superb vibration resistance
With two plinths as standard, the motor sits in a separate one to the tonearm and bearing. This isolates the sensitive tonearm and bearing mounts from potential vibration issues caused by the motor. The two plinths are further isolated by the use of TPE (Thermo-Plastic Elastomers) between them.
Damping also extends to the brand new platter design. Using an aluminium alloy has long been the traditional choice but, once again, Pro-Ject has improved on this by using modern technology. Lining the inside of platter with TPE damps it and kills the 'bell effect' that can cause unwanted resonance from the metal platter. The result is that even the most subtle musical detail can clearly be heard.
Radical tonearm design
Developing their famous carbon fibre tonearms to the next level, the Classic's tonearm tube uses a sandwich of carbon fibre and aluminium. The carbon fibre provides its usual rigidity and low mass while the aluminium delivers better overall damping. The nickel-plated counterweight is also TPE-damped, for ultra-low resonance.
Taken as a whole, this immaculately designed turntable sounds superb. The design provides a powerful and dynamic sound that's typical of this type of design. Thanks to the attention paid to damping, it also has a very 'clean' and precise balance that's a world away from similar looking, 'woolly-sounding' decks from the past.
Easy to set-up
A great advantage of using TPE damping rather than springs between the two plinths is that you don't need specialist skills and tools to set it up. With fixed rate damping on the plinth, you're simply left to make the usual tonearm adjustments - just as you would with Pro-Ject's more basic decks.
A substantial wooden casing, metal topped plinth and deep, aluminium platter give the Classic the style of a far more expensive turntable. A choice of three matte finishes makes it easy to get a Classic that complements your room decor.
A class-leader made better, the Pro-Ject The Classic SB Superpack improves every detail to make the whole even more than the sum of its parts.
Also available in Eucalyptus and Rosenut finishes.