ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS

BRANDS IN ANALOG PRODUCTS

For nearly 30 years, SUMIKO has brought the finest in analog products from around the world to the audiophiles of North America. Over the years, some of the most prestigious brand names have been imported, developed and distributed by SUMIKO. The long list of brands reads like a "who's who" of analog excellence: GRACE tonearms and phono cartridges, KISEKEI, SUPEX, KOETSU, TALISMAN, ALCHEMEST, VIRTUOSO and SHO phono cartridges. The MDC-800 ("THE ARM"), LUSTRE, PREMIER and SME tonearms. FLUXBUSTER, TWEAK and several other seminal products from analog's illustrious past. 


SUMIKO is proudly associated with PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS as their sole USA distributor. After searching for years to find a line of turntables and accessories that satisfied SUMIKO'S standards of audio fidelity, build quality and aesthetics, SUMIKO discovered PRO-JECT. Heinz Lichtenegger, one of Austria's leading distributors of high-end audio brands, founded PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS in early 1990. As an audiophile and music lover, Heinz 's interest in turntables and analog playback turned into a passion to create turntables, tonearms and analog accessories that were reasonably priced yet that were uncompromised both mechanically and sonically. This passion is what led him and his like-minded colleagues to launch a new business venture named PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS.

By 1990, the major suppliers of mid-priced turntables had all but disappeared. The few remaining turntable manufactures had turned their backs on the entry and mid-level price points and instead concentrated on the "cost-no-object", high-end audiophile-oriented product. What was the audiophile of modest means who either preferred an analog to digital or owned a cherished record collection to do? Heintz identified the market void that was created with the disappearance of so many "turntable classics" and set forth with the development of an entire line of quality, low-cost turntables.

By early spring 1990, a chance meeting led Heinz to identify a Czech Republic based audio factory. Ironically, this factory had once specialized in the manufacturing of turntables! In a dusty corner of the factory Heinz found a basic belt-drive manual turntable and the rest, as they say, is history.

During its 13-year existence, PRO-JECT has flourished while creating a sizable market demand for high-performance, reasonably priced analog playback products and accessories. PRO-JECT has won many international awards and regularly receives highly favorable reviews from the audio press around the globe.

As a steadfast believer in analog technology and in the further refinement of its various playback devices, PRO-JECT looks to the future maintaining its core virtues of performance, simplicity and value intact.