Pro-Ject X1 Turntable - EISA Award

X1 is based on the simplicity of the vintage P1 by Pro-Ject and has been improved in every aspect thanks to modern materials and sophisticated new production methods. While the basic design philosophy remains unchanged, there are a myriad of improvements in each level of design. A sophisticated DC/AC generator board combined with the convenient speed control board delivers clean and stable power to the quietly-running motor. The motor is decoupled from the plinth via a TPE motor suspension system that isolates the motor and quells vibration. X1’s motor drives the massive, non-resonant 1.5kg satinized acrylic platter via a sub-platter drive system and a premium-grade main bearing for liquid-smooth rotation. This is the perfect platform on which to place your precious vinyl records, guaranteeing absolute reliability in its performance and sonic character.

Composite Tonearm

X1 incorporates carbon/aluminum composite tonearm. This 8.6” tonearm design is incredibly rigid with remarkable resistance to external interference. The composite material is fashioned into an integrated armtube & headshell so there’s no break in the signal from cartridge to tonearm output. The tonearm also provides azimuth and VTA adjustment, offering the perfect environment for a wide array of MM and MC cartridges. Painted 8 layers thick and a hand-polished to provide an exquisite look and feel that will last for generations, X1 is a work of art for the vinyl enthusiast.

Sumiko Olympia MM Phono Cartridge

The Pro-Ject factory installs and aligns the splendid Sumiko Olympia cartridge simplifying the setup process. In action, Olympia provides superb tracking as well as a very musical and engaging presentation. Olympia not only offers a replaceable stylus but can also be easily upgraded to Moonstone without cartridge realignment. The tonearm utilizes a TPE-damped counterweight to further minimize resonance. Purpose-designed Connect it E RCA is included – a semi-balanced, low-capacitance cable with superior shielding optimized for turntable use. X1 also features a hinged dustcover for you convenience.

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.

Considerations for 78rpm Records

X1 ships with 2 different belts. The flat belt is for 33 & 45rpm discs and is installed on the top/smaller diameter of the motor pulley. The round one is for 78rpm records only. It is designed for use with the larger/bottom pulley diameter with the differently shaped slot. Installing the 78rpm belt incorrectly compromises its integrity and may lead to breakage.

Additionally, please note that it’s also not advisable to play 78rpm records with the Olympia stylus. Being an elliptical diamond meant to track the ‘microgrooves’ of 33s & 45s, it will sound poor and cause undue harm to the disc (and potentially the cartridge!). Sumiko has developed a 78 stylus for this very reason – now shipping! The stylus tracks the grooves properly and reduces the risk of harm to your collection. Keep in mind that Olympia is a stereo MM phono cartridge, meaning that its normal job is to transcribe 2 channels (left and right) of musical information. When using a 78 stylus with the Olympia, what you’ll hear is the one channel of musical information (mono) of the 78 in both stereo channels.

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.

X1 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 7 kg
Dimensions 33.5 × 41.5 × 12.5 cm

, ,


    • Speed control with electronic speed switch for ultimate speed stability
    • Carefully isolated motor for less vibration and noise
    • Sub-platter with extremely low 0.001mm bearing tolerances
    • Stainless steel platter-bearing with soft brass bushing and teflon mirrors for lowest rumble and noise, and a stable, accurate speed transmission
    • Resonance free, 1.5 kg heavy acryl platter
    • 8,6” carbon/aluminum sandwich tonearm with best internal damping and TPE damped counterweight
    • Kardan ultra-low friction 4 pinpoint precision tonearm bearing
    • High performance, resonance optimized Sumiko Olympia phono cartridge
    • Massive and heavy, precision CNC‘d MDF chassis
    • Luxurious 8 layers of painting and hand-polished finish or real-wood, satin-waxed veneer
    • Super shielded, semi-symmetrical, low-capacitance Pro-Ject phono cables
    • Height adjustable, aluminum feet for massively reduced risk of acoustical feedback
    • Handmade in Europe


    • Nominal speeds: 33/45/78 r.p.m.
    • Speed variance 33: ±0.30 %, 45: ±0.25 %
    • Wow and flutter 33: ±0.15 %, 45: ±0.13 %
    • Signal to noise: 68dB
    • Effective tonearm mass: 10g
    • Effective tonearm length: 8.6 ” (218.5mm)
    • Overhang: 18mm
    • Power consumption: 5W/ 0.3W standby mode
    • Outboard power supply: 15V/ 0.8 A DC, universal power supply


“After spending several weeks with the Pro-Ject X1, I see why Doug raved about it. It is, in my estimation, one of the best turntables I’ve ever auditioned … The Sumiko Oyster Olympia cartridge is a great match to the turntable, and the combination offers absolutely fabulous sound.” – Thom Moon, SoundStage! Access

“The Pro-Ject X1 turntable [paired with the] Sumiko Ranier cartridge is beautiful … well-made, sturdy…” – Taps Das, Home Theater HiFi

“This would be one of my top choices for a turntable under $1,000.” – Byron Baba, Da Gogo