Extensive research and development has brought us the RPM 9 Carbon that we know today. The high-mass CNC-machined chassis is made from resonance-absorbing MDF and filled with hard-resin-coated steel pellets to form an ultra-massive base. A complex heat treatment and carbon fiber surface coating ensure minimal resonance levels. The mass-loaded chassis is effectively decoupled from its surface with opposing-magnetic feet. Combined with an internally damped, polished aluminum platter with vinyl top, the inverted ceramic main bearing delivers absolute stability of platter speed with minimal rumble.

The massive outboard motor unit is equipped with precise motor control and features a built-in switch for easy switching between 33 & 45rpm. Last but not least, the no-compromise 9cc Evolution tonearm with conical carbon-fiber armtube and inverted bearing ensures perfect tracking even with demanding cartridges.

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.

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 9 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 9 Carbon Turntable

The RPM 9 Carbon turntable ships with the adept EVO 9 CC tonearm with ABEC 7 quality bearings & a one-piece carbon fiber armtube. The EVO 9 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 16.5 kg
Dimensions 32.5 × 44 × 18 cm



    • Advanced sandwich construction of plinth with combination of MDF, carbon fibre and steel pellets
    • Plinth manufactured with thermo treatment
    • Mass loaded subchassis design with magnetic feet
    • Inverted main bearing with ceramic ball/plate
    • 7,2kg acoustically inert aluminium platter with TPE damping and vinyl mat on the top
    • DC power supply with AC motor
    • Precise DC driven AC generator (Speed Box) built-in
    • Electronic speed control with 33/45 rpm switching
    • Outboard motor construction with massive steel base
    • Pre-mounted 9“ Evolution tonearm
    • 5P Connect it Phono CC cable with RCA plugs (XLR available as an option)
    • Handmade in Europe



    • Nominal speeds: 33/45 r.p.m.
    • Speed variance: ±0,1 %
    • Wow and flutter: ±0,06 %
    • Signal to noise: 73dB
    • Effective tonearm mass: 8g
    • Effective tonearm length: 9 ” (230mm)
    • Overhang: 18mm
    • Power consumption: 12W max / <0,3W stanby
    • Outboard power supply: 15V DC / 1,6A AC, 90-264V AC, 47 – 63Hz