PRO-JECT X1 AND X2 TURNTABLES LAND IN UK

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by Jay Garrett

5th July, 2019

PRO-JECT X1 AND X2 TURNTABLES LAND IN UK

Pro-Ject has just announced the immediate availability of the new X1 and X2 turntables in the UK.

Announced back in April, the X1 and X2 follows on from the 1 Xpression Carbon and 2 Xperience SB turntables respectively and make use of Pro-Ject’s latest technologies and abilities to deliver exceptional performance for the price.

Pro-Ject X1

The X1 is the latest version of Pro-Ject’s original record player and brings high-end analogue technologies to a more affordable price-point.

Pro-Ject X1 UK

Structurally the X1 is framed by its over-sized, heavyweight MDF structure. Inside the plinth, it houses a sophisticated DC/AC generator board which, combined with the convenient speed control board (for automatic switching between 33 and 45 RPM as well as additional 78 RPM support), delivers clean and stable power to the quiet-running motor.

Furthermore, the motor is decoupled from the main plinth using a new motor suspension system.

The X1’s motor drives a purpose-made, heavy, non-resonant Acryl platter via a sub-platter drive system and a premium-grade main bearing, for super-smooth spinning.

Pro-Ject states that the super-stiff, perfectly tempered Carbon/Alu sandwich construction tonearm, inspired by the company’s superior The Classic turntable makes the X1 head and shoulders better than its predecessors. The new 8.6-inch tonearm design is incredibly light and stiff, with improved resistance to external interference.

Pro-Ject X1 UK

Finished as one piece, with no resonance-inducing headshell, the X1 tonearm can also be adjusted for accurate azimuth and VTA settings. The tonearm is supplied with a TPE-damped counterweight, further reducing cartridge/tonearm resonances.

The X1 is supplied with a brand new Ortofon-made Pro-Ject Pick-IT S2 MM cartridge (you can ask for it to come without a cart if you already have one). Also bundled in with the turntable is a pair of Connect-IT E RCA cables; a semi-balanced, low-capacitance cable with superior shielding that’s optimised for turntable use. You also get an acrylic dust cover.

The X1 is available in 3 finishes; a premium walnut wood veneer or a luxurious black or white eight-layer gloss paint.

Pro-Ject X2

The X2 is supported by its large, heavy, dense and stiff MDF structure, reducing unwanted resonances to almost undetectable levels.

Pro-Ject X2 UK

Having added mass Pro-Ject is confident that the X2 is even quieter than previous versions. As with the X1, there’s a sophisticated DC/AC generator board including a speed control board (for automatic switching between 33 and 45 RPM as well as additional 78 RPM support). The motor is carefully balanced and suspended on a precision-tuned TPE belt; decoupling it from the main plinth.

Again, Pro-Ject makes use of the new, heavy, non-resonant Acryl platter which is driven via a sub-platter.

Pro-Ject X2 UK

The X2 gets a 9-inch tonearm that follows a similar design to the 8.6-inch version.  You get an Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge as standard (you can also opt-out should you wish) along with a pair of Connect-IT E RCA cables and an acrylic dust cover.

Pro-Ject X2 UK

The X2 is available in four finishes; a premium walnut wood veneer, a luxurious black 8-layer high gloss paint, or black or white eight-layer hand-polished satin paint.

Price and availability

The Pro-Ject X1 is available in stores now with an SRP of £699.00 (£599.00 without cartridge).

The Pro-Ject X2 will be available in stores from late-July and has an SRP of £999.00 (£899.00 without cartridge).

For more information, go to Pro-Ject.

Tech Specs

X1

  • Speeds: 33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
  • Principle: Belt Drive
  • Speed Variance: 33: 0.30% 45: 0.25%
  • Wow & Flutter: 33: 0.15% 45: 0.13%
  • Platter: 20mm thick, 1.5kg acrylic
  • Main Bearing: Stainless Steel / Brass
  • Tonearm: 8.6” Carbon/Aluminium Sandwich Construction
  • Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
  • Overhang: 18 mm
  • Effective Tonearm Mass: 10.0g
  • Tracking Force Range: 0 – 30mN
  • Included Accessories: Dust Cover, Connect-IT E RCA phono cable, Felt mat
  • Power Supply: 15V DC
  • Power Consumption: 5.0W max. / < 0.3W standby
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 125 x 335 mm
  • Weight: 7kg net.

X2

  • Speeds: 33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
  • Principle: Belt Drive
  • Speed Variance: 33: 0.25% 45: 0.20%
  • Wow & Flutter: 33: 0.12% 45: 0.10%
  • Signal-to-Noise: 70dB
  • Platter: 30mm thick, 2.0kg acrylic
  • Main Bearing: Stainless Steel
  • Tonearm: 9” Carbon/Aluminium Sandwich Construction
  • Effective Arm Length: 230.0mm
  • Overhang: 18 mm
  • Effective Tonearm Mass: 13.5g
  • Tracking Force Range: 0 – 30mN
  • Included Accessories: Dust Cover, Connect-IT E RCA phono cable, Felt mat
  • Power Supply: 15V DC
  • Power Consumption: 4.5W max. / 0.3W standby
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 460 x 150 x 340 mm
  • Weight: 10kg net.

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