Pro-Ject Xtension 9/Sumiko Songbird
The Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution incorporates all of their turntable design experience from more than 20 years in a slim-line size to fit standard audio racks. The Xtension 9 chassis is made from MDF filled with metal granulate, that gives high mass and is non-resonant. Magnetic feet, which decouple the main plinth from its base, are combined with a weighty 16 kg total turntable mass. With these two magnets located in the feet, the turntable is practically floating. The result is a unique combination of ‘mass loaded’ and ‘floating turntable’ design principles. Instead of pure metal for the main platter, we’ve found a perfect alloy which we damped on with thermo plastic elastomers (TPE). Additionally we’ve placed recycled Vinyl records on top (which act as a perfect mat) and bake this ‘sandwich’ before precision balancing it. The final product subsequently benefits from a wonderfully resonance-free, heavy platter, that runs ultra-silently on an inverted ceramic ball bearing with magnetic suspension. The Xtension 9 Evolution includes a top-class high-end tonearm 9” Evolution.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems offers their high-end turntables with premium 5pin > RCA unbalanced arm cable or – by request – with premium balanced 5pin > XLR connection to Pro-Ject Phono Box RS preamplifier. Phono Box RS offers balanced phono inputs, what guarantees superior results in high-end vinyl reproduction with a balanced signal source.
NOTE: The signal source and the receiving device have to be equipped with balanced connections. Transmission of audio signals in a balanced mode reduce the influence of interference due to external stray electric fields significantly.
The features of this heavy 16 kg belt drive turntable include mass loaded magnetic floating subchassis, precision balanced sandwich-platter, inverted ceramic ball bearing with magnetic support and a heavy weight record clamp.
The MDF chassis is filled with metal granulate with low levels of resonance and high mass, the X9 has electronic speed control 33/45 rpm, the tonearm is their 9cc Evolution made from carbon fibre, with inverted tonearm bearings (ABEC 7 quality) and counterweights for 5-14g cartridges.
A Sumiko Songbird cartridge and a dust cover are included in this bundle.
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