Pro-Ject Audio Systems, a reputable name in the turntable industry, has introduced a new addition to its lineup – the T2 W Wi-Fi Turntable. This release signals the brand’s entrance into the realm of Wi-Fi streaming turntables, attempting to combine the charm of traditional vinyl playback with the convenience of modern wireless technology.
Built upon the foundations of the T1 turntable design, the T2 W stands out by incorporating Wi-Fi streaming capabilities. This feature enables users to extend the range of their vinyl playback beyond the confines of their turntable setup, catering to those seeking a more dispersed listening experience within their living spaces.
The T2 W features an aluminum tonearm that’s been carefully engineered, accompanied by a Sumiko Rainier cartridge that comes pre-installed. The emphasis on quality components is evident, promising an elevated playback experience. The glass platter and CNC-machined plinth contribute to the turntable’s stability and aim to reduce vibrations for better audio reproduction.
One notable feature of the T2 W is its integration of UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) streaming technology. This addition aligns with the ongoing trend of incorporating wireless connectivity into audio equipment.
It allows the turntable to stream to various network-enabled devices, such as streamers, receivers, and modern streaming speakers. This flexibility grants users the freedom to position the turntable independently of their audio equipment, which could be a practical consideration for some setups.
The T2 W’s Wi-Fi connectivity relies on the latest WLAN standards and 2×2 MIMO technology to ensure reliable signal transmission. The management of these processes is overseen by a multi-core CPU designed for robust performance.
The turntable is capable of transmitting signals up to 24-bit, 48kHz lossless compression, while also offering a lossy transmission option for broader compatibility with different devices. The multi-room functionality of the streaming technology enables users to send audio to multiple zones simultaneously, maintaining audio quality across the board.
The control of these features is facilitated through the Pro-Ject Control app, providing users with a platform to manage the turntable’s streaming capabilities conveniently. Beyond its technical features, the T2 W offers a range of finishes – Gloss Black, Satin White, and Walnut – ensuring it can blend with various interior aesthetics.
While the T2 W seeks to merge analog charm with digital convenience, it remains to be seen how it resonates with the discerning audience. The Pro-Ject T2 W Wi-Fi Turntable is expected to hit the market in September 2023, with a price tag of £899.00 (around $1150.00).