Pro-Ject X8

£2,099.00

The X8 is pre-installed with Pro-Ject’s popular 9CC Evolution carbon fibre tonearm. The 9CC EVO can been found on many popular high-end turntables

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Pro-Ject X8

Pro-Ject X8 Walnut

The Pro-Ject X8 is a mass-loaded high-end turntable with features more commonly found at premium price points.

From its over-sized, heavyweight wooden plinth, through to the precision-lathed, TPE-damped aluminium main platter, and on to the 9” Evolution tonearm finished with a Quintet Blue, it is a complete turntable solution for high-end audio systems in one box.

The X8 draws inspiration from other high-end turntables in the Pro-Ject range.

The thick, heavy MDF chassis is expertly shaped and finished to provide both a stylish aesthetic and a sturdy platform from which the key performance parts of the turntable can do their work.

The main platter is precision-cut from a single piece of aluminium and lined with a ring of rubber TPE damping to produce a heavy non-resonant base that contributes to highly accurate speed stability with very little fluctuation.

The platter is mounted on an inverted ceramic-tipped main bearing, bolstered with magnetic support, for fluid rotation without resistance.

The platter is driven by a perimeter drive belt, connected to a low-noise AC motor.

The motor is controlled by an AC generator with adjustable speed control for convenient switching between 33 and 45 RPM as well as a clean, low-noise power signal.

The X8 is pre-installed with Pro-Ject’s popular 9CC Evolution carbon fibre tonearm.

The 9CC EVO can been found on many popular high-end turntables, and features a one-piece, tapered carbon fibre tonearm tube, mounted in a heavy-weight bearing block with high-quality ABEC 7 ball bearings.

The tonearm is also VTA and azimuth adjustable for perfect cartridge mounting.

 Quintet Blue

In the UK, the Pro-Ject X8 is also supplied with the award-winning Ortofon Quintet Blue moving coil cartridge, as standard.

The Quintet Blue is recognised for its detailed musical performance, and perfectly complements the X8’s own high-end ability.

As the X8 is supplied with a Moving Coil cartridge, it is also part of Pro-Ject’s True Balanced Connections concept.

By upgrading to a 5pin > XLR cable, and connecting to one of the company’s balanced phono stages (such as the Phono Box DS3 B), you can benefit from increased dynamics, less noise and improved signal-to-noise ratios.

Going true balanced is like hearing parts of your music that were not there before.

The X8 is supplied with height-adjustable TPE-damped feet, a removable dust cover, a felt mat and a semi-balanced Connect-IT E 5P > RCA phono cable for easy set-up out of the box.

It’s available in high gloss black, high-gloss white or real-wood walnut veneer finishes.

X8 White

True Balanced Connections

The interconnect cable between a record player and a phono stage is prone to pick up noise on the way.

That noise and interference can stem from a lot of unavoidable sources, such as household appliances, wi-fi and bluetooth devices, other power cables and audio amplifiers.

Unshielded (i.e. RCA) interconnects can amplify the picked-up noise and make it audible through your speakers, interfering with the pure musical signal.

Balanced (typically XLR) cable connections double the wires carrying the musical signal – with one side inverted.

In this case noise still gets picked up by both wires, but with one side reversed.

When the signals are re-joined at the phono stage, the picked-up noise is cancelled out by the opposing signals.

The benefit of this is a louder, cleaner musical signal that has doubled in size with almost no remaining noise.

Click here to read more about ‘True Balanced Connections’

Key Features:

  • Heavy MDF chassis
  • Precision balanced damped 5,1 kg aluminium platter
  • Inverted bearing with ceramic tip, magnetic support
  • Electronic speed control 33/45 rpm
  • Inverted cardanic tonearm bearings; four stainless steel tips mounted in ABEC 7 quality ball bearings
  • Height-adjustable metal feet with TPE damping
  • Premium 5P semi-symmetrical RCA phono cable
  • True Balanced 5P XLR cable available separately
  • Dust cover included
  • Finish options: walnut, HG piano black, HG white
  • Handmade in Europe

Specifications ProJect X8

Audio Venue Project pack
Speed: 33 / 45 rpm (electronic speed change)
Included phono cable: Connect it E 5P -> RCA, 1.23m
Aluminium feet: Height adjustable & TPE damped
Platter: massive 5,1 kg lathed aluminium
Platter bearing: inverted ceramic ball, magnetic support
Speed drift: 33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,09%
Wow & flutter: 33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,10%
Rumble: 73dB
Tonearm: 9“one-piece carbon-fibre tonearm
Effective arm length / mass: 9“(230 mm) / 8,5 g
Overhang: 18 mm
Incl. accessories: Dust cover, 7“single adapter, felt mat
Power supply: 15V / 0,8A DC
Power consumption: 5W / 0,3 W standby mode
Dimensions lid closed: 465 x 150 x 350 mm (W x H x D)
Dimensions lid opened: 465 x 415 x 420 mm (W x H x D)
Weight: 15kg
Pro-Ject X8 Black

Brand

Pro-Ject

Pro-Ject was founded in 1991, during the onslaught of the compact disc and CD players, with the mission to offer the best analogue experience for reasonable prices.

In a time where the digital audio media had been on the rise, and vinyl was declared as outdated and dead, Heinz Lichtenegger kept his belief in the simple but best way to enjoy music – turntables

Their aim is to get as many people as possible into the wonderful hobby that is HiFi audio and to deliver a real stereo experience for the lowest cost possible.

The best way to start there is with a proper turntable. They want to give the customers back the right to choose what they need, without overblowing their products with unnecessary features.

At Pro-Ject they strive to create astonishing products with impeccable value.

They only use the best components for the price and manufacture their handmade goods solely in Europe. With an eye for future trends they are always trying to fit the needs of the market.

With an unexpected hit-review of the Pro-Ject 1, the success-story began its first major chapter. With the gaining popularity and interest, more and more international distributors began to make Pro-Ject turntables available in their countries. Today they ship into more than 80 countries world-wide and are happy to share some of their passion with every customer.

With cutting edge technologies and machines, they are able to create visually pleasing products without losing the eye for the finest details.

In Czech Republic, they produce all their turntables from scratch, by hand and in house. From the tiniest screw to the chassis, everything is done by their technicians. A strict four step quality control ensures that everything works as intended.

In Slovakia they manufacture micro sized high end audio components. By shrinking the cabinets to a miniature size, they were able to save costs and offer their customers a true price to performance relation.

 

Additional information

Colour

Black, Walnut, White

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