X8 Evolution turntable
High End Mass Loaded with True Balanced Connection
The Pro-Ject X8 Evolution takes a number of design cues from Pro-Ject's high end Xtension9 and Xtension10 models and presents them at a more affordable price point.
Utilising Pro-Ject's 'True Balanced Connection' the X8 is an outstanding entry into Pro-Ject's comprehensive line of turntables.
The X8 is Pro-Ject's most affordable mass-loaded turntable yet. Positioned neatly between the X2 and Xtension 9, the X8 adopts and breaks down its bigger siblings' features to make mass-loaded high-end design principles more accessible than ever before.
- Comes with counterweight (#46) suitable for cartridges weighing between 7 - 10g
- 'True balanced' 5-pin connection for a noiseless, pure audio signal with optional 5P to XLR cable upgrade
- Massive 5.1kg mass-loaded platter lathed from a single block of aluminium
- 9CC Evo carbon tonearm with internal damping and TPE damped counterweight
- Ceramic tipped, magnetically supported inverted bearing for perfect speed stability
- Button-controlled precision speed switching with built in speed control
- Height-adjustable machined aluminium feet with TPE damping
True Balanced Connection
Pro-Ject are launching a whole line of new “True Balanced Connection” components that feature a balanced connection for your phono setup. The X8 is the first turntable to feature this new phono technology.
Balanced audio connections are terrific for minimising noise from external interferences, and moving coil cartridges are themselves naturally balanced signal transducers, so introducing a balanced connector on Pro-Ject's higher end turntables makes sense. The vivid stereo imaging and inky black silences you can expect from 'True Balanced' are a true step forward for anyone who loves great sound.
Hefty 5.1kg platter
The X8 offers a heavy, TPE damped mass-loaded platter precision lathed from a single aluminium block. The Xtension 9 and 10 didn't offer the ability to experiment with different mats because of the risk of over-damping when used with those models' vinyl-topped platter. The X8 allows you to experiment with a broad range of materials to tailor the sound to your taste.
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. Switching speeds is controlled with the simple touch of a button.
X8 Evolution Specs
Speed 33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
Platter 5.1 kg Lathed Aluminium & TPE Damped
Drive Principle Belt Drive
Tonearm 9" One-Piece Carbon Fibre Tonearm
Full Technical Specifications
Aluminium feetHeight adjustable & TPE damped
Wow & flutter33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,10%
Signal to noise73dB
Power consumption5W / 0.3 W standby mode
Dimensions lid opened465 x 415 x 420 mm (W x H x D)
Counterweight#46 - suitable for cartridges weighing between 7 - 10g
Platter bearingInverted with ceramic tip and magnetic support
Speed drift33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,09%
Effective arm length / mass9“ (230 mm) / 8,5 g
Included accessories15V DC / 0,8A power supply, dust cover, 7“ single adapter, felt mat, phono cable
Dimensions lid closed465 x 150 x 350 mm (W x H x D)
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