Description

Mass-Loaded High-End Turntable

The X8 turntable is a true high-end solution with major technical features adapted from the Xtension 9 and 10. The precision balanced platter is machined out of a single piece of aluminum and damped with a TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) insert. The platter rotates on an inverted bearing with ceramic ball and PTFE thrust pad. To decrease the load on the bearing, an opposing neodymium magnet repels the platter from the plinth and bearing, ensuring smooth and quiet operation for decades to come.

The massive MDF chassis is supported by custom feet which are are CNC machined out of aluminum and are fully height-adjustable. They utilize TPE damping technology, very effectively decoupling the X8 from the surface it is placed on.

The combination of mass and damping provide a very stable system, isolating the stylus from both airborne and structural vibrations, without being finicky to setup and remains stable and properly aligned over time. You hear your music, not the turntable.

The 9cc EVO carbon tonearm utilizes inverted cardanic tonearm bearings, has four stainless steel tips mounted in ABEC 7 quality ball bearings mounted in a C-shaped section to minimize resonances. The low mass one-piece carbon fiber tonearm tube is crafted in a conical shape to minimize standing wave vibrations. The tonearm wire loom is one piece, from the cartridge to the 5pin DIN output, designed to allow either single ended or True Balanced phono connection.

True Balanced

Low output MC (moving coil) cartridges are acknowledged as capable of the best performance in terms of information retrieval, but the increased performance comes at the expense of a lower signal output. This makes MC cartridges more susceptible to radiated interference, hum and noise. However, since most MC cartridges are inherently electrically balanced, it is possible to retain the balanced wiring configuration direct to the phono preamp, much as professional microphones are run fully balanced to mic preamps as you would see in any recording studio in the world. To take full advantage of the balanced output of MC cartridges, Pro-Ject has developed our True Balanced upgrade path.

The X8 ships with a semi-balanced Connect it E 5P-RCA cable and the Sumiko Moonstone, a moving magnet cartridge. When upgrading to a moving coil cartridge, by incorporating our fully balanced 5P-XLR connecting cable (available separately) and using a balanced phono stage (Phono Box S3 B, Phono Box DS3 B, RS/RS2 phono stages) you are fully set up for the True Balanced experience. This dramatically improves the signal to noise ratio, minimizing susceptibility to noise and hum and preserving recorded dynamics.

Additional information
Weight15 kg
Dimensions35 × 46.5 × 15 cm
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Features

  • High-mass 15kg belt drive turntable
  • Pro-Ject 9cc Evolution carbon tonearm
  • Heavy MDF chassis
  • Precision balanced, damped 5.1kg aluminum platter
  • Inverted ceramic ball bearing with magnetic support
  • Electronic speed control (33/45rpm)
  • Inverted cardanic tonearm bearings
  • 4x stainless steel tips mounted in ABEC 7 quality ball bearings
  • Height-adjustable metal feet with TPE damping
  • Premium 5P semi-symmetrical RCA phono cable (DIN-RCA)
  • True Balanced 5P XLR cable available separately (DIN-XLR)
  • Dustcover included
  • Finish options: satin walnut, gloss black, gloss white
  • Handmade in Europe

Specs

  • Speeds: 33/45rpm (electronic speed change)
  • Included phono cable: Connect it E 5P-RCA, 1.23m
  • Isolation feet: TPE damped aluminum, height adjustable
  • Platter: 5.1kg lathed aluminum
  • Platter bearing: inverted ceramic ball, magnetic support
  • Speed drift 33: ±0.11%; 45: ± 0.09%
  • Wow & flutter 33: ±0.11%; 45: ± 0.10%
  • Rumble: 73dB
  • Tonearm: 9″ one-piece carbon-fiber tonearm
  • Effective arm length/mass: 9″(230mm)/8.5g
  • Overhang: 18mm
  • Included: dustcover, 45rpm adapter, felt mat
  • Power supply: 15V/0.8A DC
  • Power consumption: 5W (0.3W standby mode)
  • Dimensions (lid closed): 465 x 150 x 350mm (W x H x D)
  • Dimensions (lid open): 465 x 415 x 420mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 15kg

Reviews

The Absolute Sound’s Most Significant Product Introduction “…offering a lot of turntable for its price point.” – Andre Jennings’ Best of Show, TAS

“The weight and consistency of the platter, the smooth, fluid motion of the tonearm moving and the overall feel of this turntable in general are things that can only be described to a certain point in video. While I have done my best to do so, sometimes you truly just need to see for yourself. This is one of those times.” – Chris Guinan, The Vinyl Attack!

“This is a beautiful-looking turntable- the Pro-Ject X8 with the Evolution tonearm.” – Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle X8 Unboxing Feature