Like the Elemental Phono USB, the Primary Phono USB uses an 8.6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings for optimal tracking. The tonearm is pre-configured for the supplied Ortofon OM 5E pick-up cartridge, so there’s no need to set-up the tracking force or anti-skate during installation. The motor is also the same perimeter belt-drive type, with a low-vibration synchronous motor that’s controlled by a built-in regulator for improved speed stability.
Where the Primary Phono USB takes from the Essential II is in the traditional design layout. It shares the Essential II’s high-quality MDF finish, and the acoustically neutral MDF platter/felt mat platform. The plinth is available in matte black, red or white finish, and the added benefit of this layout is in the included detachable dust cover.
The Primary Phono USB boasts a built-in phono stage and optional USB output for recording vinyl to a PC or Mac. The Primary Phono USB is supplied with RCA cables, but the use of a junction box allows for retro-upgrading with better cables. A separate version with a traditional phono output is also available.
The Primary Phono USB turntable sets out to prove that hi-fi quality turntables don’t need to be complicated. Simply install the belt and connect it to a system in order to enjoy vinyl playback on an affordable device that won’t hurt your records.