There are many considerations in assembling a balanced turntable system. The phono signal must start off balanced at the cartridge and must stay that way until reaching the balanced circuit in the phono stage. This means you’ve got to select a balanced turntable with an MC cartridge, a balanced phono preamp and a balanced cable that’ll allow for connection between the turntable output and the phono stage input. This is why we’ve assembled packages featuring our X1 B, X2 B and X8 Evolution turntables. You still get to select your favorite turntable & preamp finishes- we’ve just taken the guesswork out of the cable & cartridge part of the equation while offering you savings in a package price. Remember that even if the rest your system is unbalanced, balanced signal transmission to the phono stage has a huge impact on sound quality. The phono signal benefits most significantly of all signals being sent & received in your system.

The X1 B True Balanced package includes the following…

X1 B turnable in your choice of finish (gloss black, gloss white, satin walnut), features the Mini XLR balanced phono output

Phono Box S3 B phono preamp (black or silver), includes a balanced Mini XLR input to properly receive incoming signal

Connect it Phono S Mini XLR > Mini XLR balanced phono cable, transfers the balanced signal from turntable to phono preamp

Sumiko Blue Point No. 3 Low Output moving coil phono cartridge, the origin of the balanced signal

Visit our True Balanced FAQs page to read more about how it works and why each of the 4 components above are essential for balanced operation!

Additional information

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  • “True Balanced Connection” by Pro-Ject
  • RCA phono & 5-pin mini XLR output
  • Electronic speed control (33/45rpm)
  • High-precision sub-platter design
  • Stainless steel platter bearing with bronze bushing
  • Teflon ‘mirrors’ for lowest possible rumble and noise
  • 8.6” one-piece carbon-wrapped aluminum tonearm
  • TPE-damped counterweight
  • Azimuth and VTA adjustment
  • High-mass (1.5kg, 20mm thick) resonance-free acrylic record platter
  • Thick CNC-machined plinth of top-quality MDF
  • Finished in luxurious 8-layer paint or real-wood veneer
  • Shielded semi-symmetrical low-capacitance phono cable
  • Height-adjustable TPE-damped aluminum isolation feet
  • Handmade in Europe


  • Speeds: 33/45rpm, 45/78rpm (flat, round belts)
  • Speed variance: ±0.30% (33rpm), ±0.25% (45rpm)
  • Wow and flutter: ±0.15% (33rpm), ±0.13% (45rpm)
  • Effective tonearm mass: 10g
  • Effective tonearm length: 8.6″ (218.5mm)
  • Overhang: 18mm
  • Power consumption: 5W/0.3W standby mode
  • Outboard power supply: 15V/0.8A DC universal power supply
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 415 x 135 x 335mm (lid closed)
  • Dimensions (standard): 16.34 x 5.31 x 13.19″
  • Weight: 7kg net (15.43 lbs)