AUSTRIA: Pro-ject set to celebrate its 20th anniversary with new turntables and a range of streaming products

Pro-ject, which boosted the vinyl revival with its range of affordable turntables, is 20 years old this year.

And it's going to celebrate in September with a special event including the launch of an anniversary turntable, a new entry-level model claiming 'unbeatable performance', and a range of Box Design streaming products.

The company's Signature Anniversary turntable and the new entry-level model are set to be announced on September 2nd, along with what are said to be 'revolutionary digital and streaming products' from its Box Design by Pro-ject sub-brand.

These new digital products will see the company, still best-known for its analogue range, getting heavily involved in streaming and network audio: the Stream Box SE (above) was shown at the recent High End Show in Munich, and will form the cornerstone of what is expected to be a rapidly-growing streaming range.

Developed in co-operation with Austrian company StreamUnlimited, and built around its Stream700 module, the Stream Box SE will offer Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking.

It has compatibility with UPnP/DLNA servers, and handling of formats including MP3, WMA, AAC and Ogg Vorbis, as well as FLAC and LPCM at up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Both analogue and digital outputs are provided, and there's iPod/iPhone/iPad digital connectivity via USB. It'll sell for €700 (£620).

Also on the way from Box Design is a Bluetooth Box, designed to interface with mobile phones for music streaming, and its Media Box, which is designed for playback of content from USB devices or SD memory cards.

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.