Description

Extensive research and development have precipitated to the most recent iteration of this truly inspired design – RPM 10 Carbon. It uses a CNC-machined MDF plinth filled with hard-resin-coated steel pellets to further increase mass and heighten the resonance-absorbing/dispersing effect of the ‘sandwich’ construction. Complex heat treatment and a carbon surface coating ensure the low resonance levels you expect from a high-end record player. The mass-loaded chassis is effectively decoupled from its surface via the included Ground it Carbon isolation platform and its magnetic feet. With opposing magnets in the feet of the both the Ground it Carbon as well as the turntable itself, RPM 10 Carbon is all but floating.

Combined with a polished aluminum platter with internal TPE damping and a vinyl top, the inverted ceramic main bearing delivers stable turntable speed with an extra-low rumble. The platter and table are designed around mass – no need for a sub-platter here. The massive outboard belt-drive motor is equipped with precise electronic motor control, featuring a switch for speed change between 33 and 45rpm.

The unparalleled 10cc Evolution tonearm with conical carbon-fiber tonearm and inverted bearing ensures perfect tracking, even with demanding phono cartridges. High-purity copper is used for the internal wiring and the package includes a high-grade, purpose designed 1.23m DIN-RCA phono cable (DIN-XLR available as an add-on).The DC power supply powers the AC motor. With an electrically isolated motor and physically isolated plinth, expect, fantastic speed stability and ultra-quiet backgrounds.

Inside the Plinth

RPM 9 & 10 Carbon, Xtension 9, 10 & 12 Evolution, and Signature 10 & 12 use plinths that are more than meets the eye. These high-end turntables not only use multi-density fiber (MDF, which absorbs resonance), but inside the plinths are also “central gravity points” filled will steel pellets. Drawing harmful resonance to the central gravity point all but eliminates the potential for plinth and bearing noise to reach the tonearm and cartridge. Pellets are used as opposed to a solid alloy due to their dispersion effect where a solid alloy may resonate. This design heightens the overall mass of these turntables as well, a well-known approach to optimizing sonics.

Food for Thought

Paired with the right phono preamp and upgraded with a Sumiko Starling moving coil phono cartridge pre-mounted, it’s one of the best audiophile turntables available for its price. Include a high-quality amplifier to optimize sound quality from your vinyl records. While we recommend the Starling, the RPM 10 is built to give you the most out of any MC or moving magnet cartridge. This is the best performing player in its price range. Analog lovers upgrading from an entry-level turntable or automatic turntable will be blown away at how it changes their audio system. High-fidelity music lovers will love the way it plays nicely with any phono stage or preamp. For Pro-Ject diehards, this is a profound upgrade from the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO and other midrange turntables in our selection. Additionally, our Cover it 1 dust cover is a perfect fit for those rare moments there’s not a record spinning on your table. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out this review of our audiophile turntable from Soundstage Hi-Fi.

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 10 Carbon comes equipped with a balanced 5-pin DIN phono output and can be run balanced with either DIN > XLR or DIN > mini XLR phono cables and a balanced phono stage. The turntable ships with a DIN > RCA 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.

Tonearm Upgrades for Your RPM 10 Carbon Turntable

The RPM 10 Carbon turntable ships with the adept EVO 10 CC tonearm with ABEC 7 quality bearings & a one-piece carbon fiber armtube. The EVO 10 CA Premium tonearm is available as a drop-in upgrade (no soldering needed). It features a one-piece carbon/aluminum armtube, high-purity silver tonearm wire, an upgraded bearing assembly using stainless steel and an improved TPE-damped counterweight on a threaded stub. Explore even greater versatility with the EVO AS and EVO AS Premium tonearms. These are curved options with replaceable headshells- especially good for phono cartridge collectors. The EVO AS Premium receives the same upgrades as the EVO CA Premium mentioned above.

Additional information
Weight 36.5 kg
Dimensions 33 × 48 × 21 cm
Cartridge

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Features

  • MDF plinth mass-loaded w/ steel pellets & enclosed in carbon fiber (thermally treated)
  • Inverted stainless steel main bearing with ceramic ball/plate
  • 10.4kg acoustically inert aluminum platter with TPE damping & integrated vinyl mat
  • DC power supply, DC>AC generator feeds AC motor (Speed Box circuit)
  • Electronic speed regulation & speed change
  • Outboard motor w/ massive steel base
  • Pre-mounted EVO 10 CC tonearm (10″ tapered 1-piece carbon armtube
  • Connect it Phono E 5P>RCA cable (5-pin DIN > XLR available as an upgrade)

Specs

  • Speeds: 33 & 45rpm (electronic speed change)
  • Drive principle: belt drive
  • Platter: 10.4kg (22.9 lbs) aluminum (300mm diameter)
  • Main bearing: inverted stainless steel shaft w/ ceramic ball/plate
  • Speed drift: ±0.11% (33rpm), ±0.10% (45rpm)
  • Wow & flutter: ±0.01% (33rpm), ±0.01% (45rpm)
  • Signal-to-noise: 73dB
  • Tonearm: EVO 10 CC (10″ tapered 1-piece carbon armtube)
  • Effective arm length: 254mm
  • Effective arm mass: 8.5g
  • Included power supply: 15V DC 1600mA
  • Power consumption: 15W max, <0.3W in standby
  • Turntable dimensions (WxHxD): 480 x 210 x 330mm
  • Turntable dimensions (standard): 18.90 x 8.27 x 13″
  • Turntable mass (weight): 22kg (48.50 lbs) net
  • Platform dimensions (WxHxD): 500 x 70 x 400mm
  • Platform dimensions (standard): 19.69 x 2.76 x 15.75″
  • Platform mass (weight): 14.5kg (31.97 lbs) net