X1 turntable with Ortofon 2M Red
Elegant, simple, beautifully crafted
Available in Walnut or Piano Gloss Black.
FREE Ortofon 2M Red cartridge (save $189)
Hand-made in Europe
Pro-Ject turntables are exclusively manufactured in Europe, from the smallest component to the plinths and tonearms that set the brand apart. With such close ties to the production of their turntables, Pro-Ject is able to deliver truly astounding build quality in every model, so you’re guaranteed an exceptional analog experience at every price point.
The X1 is the latest in over 25 years of design refinement and evolution, tracing its origins right back to the very beginning of Pro-Ject back in 1991. At that point, CDs were taking over, and vinyl fell out of fashion. Pro-Ject knew the irreplaceable experience of listening to a record would never fully go away, though, and made a commitment to analogue audio that is still being honoured today.
The core design of their original P1 turntable represented everything Pro-Ject valued: simple designs, high-quality materials, and careful construction in Europe. More than 25 years of refining that design has led to the X1, the natural progression of Pro-Ject’s philosophy with decades of experience to guide it.
Dense MDF plinth with gorgeous finish options
Every aspect of the X1 is crafted to a premium standard, to ensure a sublime experience for all senses. The dense MDF plinth gives the X1 a solid feel that reflects its quality construction, while also providing another line of resistance against unwanted vibrations that can spoil your music. The gorgeous Piano Black and White finishes are painted in eight careful layers and hand-polished for a lustrous feel that you’d expect to find on a far more expensive product. The Walnut finish has a more natural feel, bringing an understated elegance to spaces with warmer décor.
Push-button speed control
Switch easily between 33⅓ and 45 RPM records with the X1’s push-button speed control, and even play 78 RPM records with a suitable cartridge.
Starting with the chassis, Pro-Ject have crafted the X1 from MDF, rather than standard particle boards resulting in a better sounding and feeling turntable. This chassis is then finished with 8 layers of painting and a hand-polished finish, designed to look good and remain looking good, especially when compared to the commonly used foil painting techniques.
The chassis houses a sophisticated DC/AC generator board which, combined with the convenient speed control board, delivers clean and stable power to the quiet-running motor. For improved performance the motor is decoupled from the main plinth using a new motor suspension system.
In the X1, the motor drives a new, heavy, non-resonant Acryl 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.
The X1 is also better than its predecessors thanks to the super-stiff, perfectly tempered Carbon/Alu sandwich construction tonearm. This new 8.6” tonearm design is incredibly light and stiff, with improved resistance to external interference. Finished as one-piece, with a non-resonance-inducing headshell, the X1 tonearm can also be set for azimuth and VTA adjustment, offering the flexibility that so many people are asking for. The tonearm is then supplied with a TPE-damped counterweight, further reducing cartridge-tonearm resonances.
Hi-Fi News David Price
"The X1 gives its rivals a seriously hard time and for the true turntable enthusiast there's plenty of tweaking potential on offer too. More than just a worthy successor to the original, it's an accomplished design in its own right."
7Review Binh Phan Duc
"The X1 makes music in a happy, engaging and big-hearted way. It's an excellent low-cost turntable package with an upbeat sound. 9/10"
Analog Planet Michael Fremer
"Pro-Ject’s success means it can offer record enthusiasts more for less. The X1 is proof."
Hi-Fi Choice Magazine Overall rating - 5 stars
"An impressive turntable package for the price."
EISA awards 2019-2020 Best Buy Turntable
Stereonet Applause Award
"Pro-Ject’s new X1 is something of a star. This price point is where this company really excels, and the deck’s combination of sound quality, flexibility and ease of set-up and use is hard to beat."
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