President | Pro-ject Audio Systems
Pro-Ject was founded in 1991, during the onslaught of the compact disc and CD players, with the mission to offer the best analogue experience for reasonable prices. In a time where the digital audio media had been on the rise, and vinyl was declared as outdated and dead, Heinz Lichtenegger kept his belief in the simple but best way to enjoy music – turntables.
Our aim is to get as many people as possible into the wonderful hobby that is HiFi audio and to deliver a real stereo experience for the lowest cost possible. The best way to start there is with a proper turntable. We want to give the customers back the right to choose what they need, without overblowing our products with unnecessary features. Here at Pro-Ject we strive to create astonishing products with impeccable value. We only use the best components for the price and manufacture our handmade goods solely in Europe.
With an eye for future trends we are always trying to fit the needs of the market. With an unexpected hit-review of the Pro-Ject 1, the success-story began its first major chapter. With the gaining popularity and interest, more and more international distributors began to make Pro-Ject turntables available in their countries. Today we ship into more than 80 countries world-wide and are happy to share some of our passion with every customer. The list of Pro-Ject owners began to grow constantly and so did the portfolio of products in our repertoire. By offering our customers not only great value products, but also the needed options to make their turntable truly fit their preference, we gave them the choices to find the best fitting model for their taste and budget.
With cutting edge technologies and machines, we are able to create visually pleasing products without losing the eye for the finest details. In Czech Republic, we produce all our turntables from scratch, by hand and in house. From the tiniest screw to the chassis, everything is done by our technicians. A strict four step quality control ensures that everything works as intended. In Slovakia we manufacture micro sized high end audio components. By shrinking the cabinets to a miniature size, we were able to save costs and offer our customers a true price to performance relation. We pride ourselves with products that have a long-lasting value and give our customers satisfaction in all their audio needs.
We are closely working with partners of the music industry, such as Universal Music Group (The Beatles), Third Man Records (Jack White), The Rolling Stones, Parov Stelar or the world famous Hard Rock Café. Many industry leaders also cooperate with us, like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or Ortofon for their jubilees. With these partners, we create special limited edition products to give our customers even more choices.