After the well-received release of the brand’s ‘flagship vessel’, the Signature 12, Pro-Ject set itself the task of producing a more affordable vinyl turntable. Drawing on all of the expertise and technology developed for its high-end range and EAT products, the Austrian manufacturer has now released the new Signature 10 vinyl turntable, at half the price of the original Signature 12!
Pro-Ject Signature 10 : Tonearm
From far away, it looks like its bigger sister. However, it has evidently undergone a few compromises…
There is the superb single-pivot Signature tonearm. It is identical apart from its length. It is logically 10 instead of 12 inches.
The tonearm of the Signature 10 is equipped with a portable headshell in aluminum. This brings the effective mass of the tonearm up to more than 18g! This makes it compatible with phono cartridges that have a very low compliance (under 8)! It is possible (optional) to mount the cartridge on a wooden headshell (Pro-Ject Signature wooden headshell) or a carbon headshell (Pro-Ject Signature carbon headshell).
The tonearm of the Signature 10 easily enables to make all adjustments possible: the VTA (vertical tracking angle), azimuth, and distance of the tonearm/spindle which enables you to use all cartridges available. The Signature 10 vinyl record player comes with counterweights of 103 g and 145 g, making it compatible with cartridges that weigh between 4.5 and 25 g!
PRO-JECT SIGNATURE 10: PHONO CABLE
The cable this Pro-Ject Signature 10 turntable comes with is the Pro-Ject Connect it CC. On one end of the tonearm there is a 5 pin Din and a RCA connector on the other end. If you wish, we can also deliver it with a XLR connection for no additional charge.
Pro-Ject Signature 10 : Plinth and platter
The Pro-Ject Signature 10 vinyl turntable has a mass-loaded subchassis. This creates the effect of significant mass and leads to a very low resonance frequency.
This result is improved by the addition of magnetic feet, which isolates the main chassis.
The platter is digitally manufactured in a massive aluminium block of 30cm in diameter. Its internal circumference is damped by a silicone seal. On top it has a vinyl compression enabling it to avoid using a platter cover.
The platter and the base of the tonearm are mounted on a heavy steel chromed panel totally impenetrable against vibrations. It rests on three feet in Sorbothane that fully insulate it from the main chassis.
The ceramic bearing and pivot are magnetically damped by two repulsive magnets.
A 405 g record clamp in aluminium manufactured with precision enables to clamp the vinyl record on the platter. It is also present on the Signature 12 vinyl turntable of the Austrian manufacturer.
The whole weighs 10.4 kg!
Pro-Ject Signature 10 : Motor and drive
The enormous platter is driven (via a round silicone belt) by a motor manufactured according to a very specific set of specifications enabling a perfectly fluid rotation.
The speed regulation is controlled by two microprocessors and two quartz oscillators, which enable changes in speed between 33 RPM and 45 RPM as well as almost no speed drift.
PRO-JECT SIGNATURE 10: TESTING AND LISTENING
We tested this turntable with the Ortofon Cadenza Blue MC cartridge, the Transfiguration Axia S MC cartridge, and the Benz Micro LP-S MC cartridge.
From the opening bars, we were surprised by the substance and the presence of this Signature 10.
The voices are superbly defined and realistic. The bass is articulated and very dynamic! It goes down vey low with a remarkable nuance. The high end of the spectrum is very good as well. It is very informative and perfectly integrated to the midrange. We do not feel any attenuation despite a smoothness and silkiness dear to analogue.
This Signature 10 is outstanding on all counts (production, user-friendliness, musicality).
The Pro-Ject Signature 10 tonearm is a true success and of rare versatility.
PRO-JECT SIGNATURE 10: UNBOXING
The plug and play is simple once the cartridge is perfectly set up and aligned and all the adjustments are made.
The price of this Pro-Ject Signature 10 turntable is particularly appealing. It has its sights set on the very high end segment of the market, which is somewhat unexpected from Pro-Ject. But it is clear that now that not only is Pro-Ject a benchmark in the entry-level market, it can also be relied upon to produce quality high end products.
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Principle: rigid and heavy turntable
Drive principle: silicone belt
Platter: 30cm/10.4 kg, damped
Record clamp weight: 405 g
Bearing: ceramic, magnetically damped
Speeds: 33 and 45 RPM
Speed regulation: controlled by microprocessors
Speed variation: 33 RPM: ± <0,1%, 45 RPM: ± <0,09%
Wow and flutter: 33 RPM: ± <0,01%, 45 RPM: ± <0,01%
Signal-to-noise ratio (mechanical noise): - 40 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (electrical noise): - 73 dB
Tonearm: polished aluminium single-pivot Signature 10
Tracking force range: 0 - 30 mN / 0 - 3,0 g
Included counterweights: 103 g and 145 g
Cartridge compatibility: from 4.5 to 25 g
Effective tonearm mass: 18.5 g with aluminium headshell
Effective tonearm length: 254 mm
Overhang: 16 mm
Power consumption: 13 W max / 0.5 W in standby
Power supply: 15 V DC / 1.6 A
Dimensions: (L x H x D): 475 x 195 x 354 mm
Weight : 23 kg
Weight when packaged: 40 kg