ProJect X1 Turntable
One-Piece Carbon Fibre Tonearm For Superior Rigidity And Low Resonance
Solid Acrylic Platter, Electronic Speed Change
Available Without Cartridge Or With Ortofon 2M Blue Moving Magnet Cartridge Or Ortofon Quintet Blue Moving Coil Cartridge Fitted
About The Pro-Ject X1 Turntable
The new Pro-Ject X1 Turntable in Gloss Black is surprisingly not aimed at the budget buyer. Instead Pro-Ject has taken its design to the next level and created a turntable which uses solid engineering and better quality components to achieve the desired outcome – superior sound quality.
You’d better believe Pro-Ject when it says it isn’t a company that positions a turntable’s price and features above the need for real quality and engineering. As good as its word, Pro-Ject has unveiled the new X1 turntable, a model that is handmade in Europe using high-quality materials and expensive technology.
When Pro-Ject says its X1 is not cheap, it’s because Pro-Ject consciously did not want it to be the cheapest. The focus from the get-go was to make a quality vinyl-spinner that would keep its buyers happy for years. This company ethos is a long way ahead of the many cheap and cheerless turntables that are prevalent in the mass market these days.
Pro-Ject describes these bottom end turntables as bereft of the solid engineering build quality a correctly designed model has in abundance. A fair point. And one made by a turntable company that, since its inception in 1991, has laboured hard and intelligently to ensure the return of the vinyl record to the market place.
X1 Design Elements
When it began the X1 design, Pro-Ject put sound quality at the top of its bucket list because sound matters most of all to discerning music lovers. So the drive system chosen for the X1 is the tried and tested belt drive system that has stood supreme for at least six decades. The X1 is all about engineering rather than features so no Bluetooth, no USB input and no automatic cut-off. You don't even get a cheap moving magnet phono Cartridge to get you started! What buyers get instead is a fully manual, belt-driven turntable with a properly machined resonance-free, heavy acrylic platter weighing 1.5 kg rather than an unremarkable pressed steel platter. The X1 incorporates a finely crafted MDF chassis that is more expensive, and rigid, than one cobbled together from particle board. Naturally, a correctly shielded, symmetrical cable is included in the package. But what about a Cartridge?
If you already own a suitable cartridge which you want to mount on the X1 then you can purchase the Pro-Ject X1 turntable without a cartridge. Alternatively, you can purchase the X1 with an Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge or an Ortofon Quintet Blue moving coil cartridge fitted and aligned by our turntable experts.
The X1 also features sophisticated motor suspension built for superior decoupling of motor vibrations to its tonearm and chassis. The supplied tonearm is super stiff and made using a damped carbon/aluminium sandwich construction. It also has a better counterweight with a TPE damper to reduce cartridge/tonearm resonances. The X1’s all-important platter bearing is made from stainless steel and has a soft brass bushing, and Teflon mirrors to deliver ultra-low rumble and noise. The X1 also has height adjustable, aluminium feet to reduce feedback while the finish uses eight layers of paint with hand polishing or sports a real wood, satin waxed veneer.
Our Take On The Pro-Ject X1 Turntable
Pro-Ject’s X1 is a very impressive turntable package for the price. It makes music in a happy, engaging and big-hearted way and has no real weak points to spoil your enjoyment. This is an affordable turntable that doesn’t sound anything like one. Instead you are left focusing on just how good vinyl can sound when given half the chance. Don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of this deck. It gets all the fundamentals correct and shows just how far the turntable market has evolved, making it an enjoyable audition for those looking for great value in a stylish package that should last a lifetime.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Manual Belt Drive Turntable with Electronic Speed Change
- Cartridge Options
- No Cartridge fitted
- Ortofon 2M Blue Moving Magnet Cartridge fitted and aligned
- Ortofon Quintet Blue Moving Coil Cartridge fitted and aligned
- Speeds: 33, 45, 78 (Electronic Speed Change)
- Drive Method: Belt Drive
- Speed Variance 33.33 RPM: 0.30%, 45 RPM: 0.25%
- Wow & Flutter: 33.33 RPM: 0.15% 45 RPM: 0.13%
- Platter: 20mm thick, 1.5 kg heavy acrylic
- Main Bearing: Stainless Steel/Brass
- Tonearm: 8,6” Carbon/Aluminium Sandwich Design
- Effective Arm Length: 218.5 mm
- Overhang: 18 mm
- Effective Tonearm Mass: 10.0 grams
- Included Accessories: 15 volts DC /0.8A power supply, Dust cover, Connect it E Phono cable, Felt Mat
- Power Consumption: 5.0 watts max /< 0.3 watt standby
- Available Finishes: Piano Black & Walnut
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 415 x 125 x 335 mm
- Weight: 9.5 kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: All Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.