Turntable specialist Pro-Ject recognizes the vast majority of would-be listeners harbor little interest in the details such as a synchronous motor, aluminum drive pulley, or the virtues of specific materials for isolating sound. Most want plug-and-play simplicity with solid performance delivered at a reasonable price that will look pleasing openly situated in the living room – attributes the versatile Pro-Ject Juke Box E HiFi Set hits on all marks.
Even though the entry-level customer for whom the $499 Pro-Ject Juke Box E HiFi Set is aimed at may not necessarily obsess over its specifications, they’ll certainly appreciate the simplicity of a system designed to get from unpacking to listening without an ounce of expertise. Everything required to start enjoying the vinyl medium is included in a set of well-packaged boxes, and connecting each piece together requires all but 15 minutes from start to finish, featuring only a minimum of components: turntable, speakers, audio cables, felt mat, cover, remote control, and even a set of rubber damping feet.
The Juke Box E and its included pair of Speaker Box 5 2-way monitor speakers make a fine looking tandem, with matching sleek glossy white, black, or resoundingly red finishes that should fool the layperson of a hi-fi pedigree despite the system’s modest price tag.
While the system ranks as a beginner’s entry point into the steep ascension toward audiophile nirvana, the Pro-Ject Juke Box E set is still outfitted with solid features like a dedicated remote control, bass and treble adjustment, a 32-step volume knob, gold-plated phono and line RCA output jacks, and Bluetooth wireless support. The sum is more than enough to keep most new listeners happy, producing a warm, classic turntable sound characterized by a pleasurable presence at more than sufficient volume in the average size living room.
Audiophiles will often steer new acolytes of the turntable toward Pro-Ject because the Austrian company’s reputation for excellent performance at a reasonable price. Their all-in-one Juke Box E HiFi Set doesn’t diverge from this reputation, a convenient and great looking beginner’s system unencumbered by an excess of componentry, cords, and cables designed to bring a dash of audiophile presence into any living room.