RPM 1 Carbon implements radical concepts rarely found in its class of turntable. A low-resonance chassis carries an inverted platter bearing with a ceramic ball to minimize rumble. An outboard 15V AC motor is smoothly driven using a precise AC generator with DC power supply for enhanced speed stability.

A Truly Unique Tonearm

The S-shaped tonearm tube is made from carbon fiber, aluminum and a damping resin compound. Using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar pressure, armtube rigidity is superb, internal damping is maximized and resonance is reduced to a minimum, making the arm suitable for a variety of MM & MC cartridges. Additional features include a magnetic anti-skating mechanism and a TPE-damped counterweight. Optional upgrades include Acry it RPM 1 Carbon (acrylic record platter), Cover it RPM 1/3 Carbon (dustcover) & Ground it E (isolation platform) to name a few!

Sumiko Rainier MM Phono Cartridge

RPM 1 Carbon includes a pre-mounted Sumiko Rainier Phono Cartridge. Check out our guide to learn more about how we balanced tonearm resonance with cartridge compliance on this model.

Sumiko Stylus Replacement & A Unique Tour of the MM Design

Sumiko Phono Cartridges pair well with Pro-Ject tonearms. Their sonic synergy delivers non-fatiguing music that can be enjoyed for hours with no sacrifice to low-level detail & resolution- the things that make our music reproduction spring to life! Upgrading your stylus is an easy, low-risk path to immediate, audible improvement in your analog experience that only improve with break-in. Cartridge/stylus break-in occurs progressively as you listen. Our listeners notice the greatest degree of improvement in the 20-50 hour range. CLICK HERE to view the video tutorial for replacing and/or upgrading your Sumiko stylus! Also enjoy our gorgeous rendering of a Sumiko moving magnet cartridge in action HERE.

True Balanced – Get Blown Away

Setting us apart from the competition, all Pro-Ject turntables are configured for balanced operation.* Switching to balanced is no subtle upgrade and promises to redefine ‘reference’ sound quality in your turntable system. What’s needed to get there are a) a moving coil cartridge, b) a turntable with balanced phono outputs, c) a phono preamp with balanced phono inputs and d) a balanced cable carrying the phono signal from turntable to phono preamp. Typically a much more costly endeavor, Pro-Ject has changed that landscape by offering products that make the technology attainable to any serious listener.

RPM 1 Carbon comes equipped with a balanced RCA/ground phono output and can be run balanced with an RCA > mini XLR phono cable and a balanced phono stage with a mini XLR input (Phono Box S3 B & DS3 B). The turntable ships with an RCA/ground > RCA/ground phono cable for maximum compatibility out of the box (unbalanced dual single-ended RCA/ground is by far the most common connection type in phono). Balanced add-ons are sold separately. Browse options for balanced phono preamps & cables in the reel below!

*Excluding turntables with built-in phono preamps.

Additional information
Weight 3.8 kg
Dimensions 35 × 38 × 11 cm

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    • Precision belt drive using synchronous motor
    • Ultra-precision DC-driven AC generator motor power
    • Inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball
    • Platter made from MDF using felt mat
    • 8,6” S-shaped tonearm made from carbon, aluminium, resin utilising special heat and pressure treatments
    • Magnetic antiskating
    • Counterweight with TPE damping
    • 3 high-gloss colours (black, red, white)
    • Handmade in Europe



    • Nominal speeds: 33/45 r.p.m.
    • Speed variance 33: 0,14%, 45: 0,13%
    • Wow and flutter 33: 0,27%, 45: 0,1%
    • Signal to noise: 71dB
    • Effective tonearm mass: 13,5g
    • Effective tonearm length: 8,6 ” (218,5mm)
    • Overhang: 22mm
    • Power consumption: 5 W max / < 0,5W standby
    • Outboard power supply 15V DC / 500mA , universal power supply