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Pro-Ject launches X1 turntable

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From Pro-Ject

X1 – Our next generation of the legendary X-Line.

X1 black high gloss

PRODUCT INFORMATION: Pro-Ject X1-EN (pdf file, 4.53MB)

Real High-End Features – True Audiophile Sound – Affordable Price n/c MSRP 699 € (incl. VAT) Pick it S2MM MSRP 799 € (incl. VAT)

  • Speed control with electronic speed switch for ultimate speed stability
  • Carefully isolated motor for less vibration and noise
  • Sub-platter with extremely low 0.001mm bearing tolerances
  • Stainless steel platter-bearing with soft brass bushing and teflon mirrors for lowest rumble and noise, and a stable, accurate speed transmission
  • Resonance free, 1.5 kg heavy acryl platter
  • 8,6” carbon/alu sandwich tonearm with best internal damping and TPE damped counterweight
  • Kardan ultra-low friction 4 pin point precision tonearm bearing
  • Ortofon Pick it S2 MM cartridge newly developed with Ortofon for highly dynamic and full sound
  • Massive and heavy, precision CNC‘d MDF chassis
  • Luxury 8 layers of painting and hand-polished finish or real-wood, satin-waxed veneer
  • Super shielded, semi-symmetrical, low-capacitance phono cables – purpose designed by Pro-Ject
  • Height adjustable, aluminium feet for massively reduced risk of acoustical feedback
  • Handmade in Europe

Real High-End Features – True Audiophile Sound – Affordable Price

We all together – especially also with your help – were able to, step by step, manage the return of the vinyl record in the last 25 years. We created a niche market with many happy customers and actually a small, but good and healthy business.

Nowadays, this seems to be threatened as so many companies of the industry, but especially also simple START UPS try to jump onto the train and get the benefit from this very hard work we did. Today we see many designs which are far away from a correct turntable and everything we know and stand for is just neglected. Price and features dominate over real quality and engineering.

This does not only apply to the hardware industry, but also to software developers!

The result is a frustrated customer, who does not get the experience he or she is expecting. Even more: The channels in which these products (as well as our products) are sold, are so bad, that a customer without respective knowledge, has almost no chance to get a satisfactory result.

It is time for Pro-Ject to stand up and state again what a good turntable is!

The Pro-Ject X1 is not a revolution. It can´t be one, since research of proper turntable design has been widely completed. We just do the things correctly, with high quality materials and expensive technology. But these things are necessary to get a real good result.

X1 cartridge Pick It S2 MM

Sound matters most

1) MANUAL:
We don´t want to add a lot of features.

Bluetooth, USB, automatic cut off, 50 Cent phono-stages – we just don´t do it, as most customers don´t need it and it is not related to proper Hifi stereo quality at all!

We often get a minus in reviews for a missing feature,
we think it is a PLUS.

2) EXPENSIVE MATERIALS:
A proper machined resonance free platter costs 8 times more than a pressed steel platter with a rubber mat. That´s a simple fact.

A proper insert MDF chassis costs more than a chassis made out of particle-board, or a box with a plastic cover. That’s a simple fact too.

A proper shielded, symmetrical cable costs X-times more than just a standard cable. You will agree, that’s a simple fact too.

3) EXPENSIVE CARTRIDGE:
Everybody uses just the cheapest they can get, for some Dollars.

The cartridge is very important too and we all know this, but we don´t understand that customer don’t get this information of how important this investment is, to get the better sound.

Note: Please see attached PRODUCT INFORMATION – the list gets even longer.

The Pro-Ject X1 is NOT cheap and we don´t want it to be the cheapest, because we need to tell the customer again that real quality, handmade in Europe, should cost something and is worthwhile to make you happy for many years.

I am sure I have your support for this idea!

– Pro-Ject

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2 Responses to Pro-Ject launches X1 turntable


  1. Michael Lent says:

    Availability of LPs and Desire for better quality fueled the resurgence of vinyl, not pro-ject. BTW I own Pro-ject Carbon 10 EVO which is fantastic. Not slamming your products-just your unfounded claim.

  2. Rudy Bosscher says:

    i want to buy one.

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