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Pro-Ject launches Pick-it range of turntable cartridges

If you own a Pro-Ject turntable, chances are it uses an Ortofon cartridge.

But Pro-Ject's latest, erm, project could potentially change that in the future. The company has just launched its first ever range of cartridges. All the design and voicing has been done in-house, although Ortofon will build them for Pro-Ject in its Denmark factory.

The Pick-it range consists of two models. The Pick-it S2 (£135) is aimed an the upper end of the entry-level turntable market while the Pick-it DS2 (£525) should appeal to owners of more expensive mid-range models.

The S2 uses Ortofon's Concorde cartridge body. It's been designed to be compatible with more DJ-style turntables, where the tonearm has a compatible locking collar. It simply plugs in and all you need to to is set the tracking weight. The moving magnet design has a high output of 6mV, which Pro-Ject claims will help with system matching.

The DS2 is a new moving coil design which features gold-plated connectors and uses a nude elliptical diamond stylus. It's built using a special Selective Lasering Sintering (SLS) manufacturing process which uses a laser to melt the cartridge housing into a given shape. Pro-Ject claims this produces a virtually vibration-free housing, which helps the cartridge deliver the best audio possible. Both the Pick-it S2 and DS2 are available to buy now.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.