Pro-Ject Ortofon RS-309D
Pre Phono: Nu
X-tension is available in high gloss lacquer finishes:mahogany, piano and olive.
Available with the following :
Mounted tonearm Ortofon RS-309D
Colors: high gloss MAHOGANY, high gloss OLIVE or highgloss PIANO
Manual turntable with build in Pro-Ject Speed Box SE
Super-heavy 25 kg mass load magnetic fl oating belt drivedesign
Sorbothane damped ultra precise balanced Sandwich platterout of special alloy combined with Vinyl
Brass record puck
Ultra low noise motor highest selection
Magnet supported, inverted main bearing Type Block 1 withceramic thrust-pad
Integrated Speed Box SE for super silent motordrive andelectronically switchable speed
Metal-granulate filled plinth for universal damping
Mass loaded interchangeable armboard
Height adjustable magnet supported feets for perfectisolation
Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
Tonearm 12cc Evolution
12" precision tone-arm with carbon-fibre armtube /headshell
Generation 2 carbon technology
Conical armtube avoids standing wave reflections
Highest selection of components
Antiresonace heavy mass cardan bearing block
Inverted bearing design with four hardened ABEC7 specballraces
Solid armbase permits accurate height adjustment ofarmtube and VTA (vertical tracing angle)
Single-screw fixing of armtube allows rotation for easyadjustment of needle azimuth despite fixed headshell
Highly flexible top-grade copper internal wiring
Silicon damped tone-armlift
Resonance optimized Sorbothane enhanced counterweightconstruction
Improved antiskating and tone-arm lift mechanics
It is apparent throughout contemporary culture that modernand classical designs are working, more than ever before, in harmony. Countlessvarying product categories, such as cars, watches and furniture, are allembracing the ever-popular retro trend.
The reasoning behind this love of 'retro' is it's inherentmix of classical beauty, combined with absolute mechanical precision,high-quality components, and superior performance.
Pro-ject products gave analog a new life in the nineties;our products have successfully shown that you can listen to music in a betterway than with any contemporary digital medium, and it doesn't have to cost theearth.
However, now with the Xtension, we at Pro-Ject aim to bringback a classical analog concept from the eighties, and combine it with ouradvanced contemporary technologies. After eighteen years of turntablemanufacturing for analog lovers on a budget, we're delighted to announce ourfirst deck not subscribed to budgetary limitations; and boy does it deliver.
Already, the critically acclaimed 6 Perspex has proved thefantastic result of using magnets to isolate the subchassis. So consequently,for the Xtension this technology has been re-developed to utilise new magneticfeet, which almost completely decouple the main plinth. Combine this with theweighty 25kg total mass of the turntable, and the listener benefi ts fromminimal base resonance. This is a unique combination of 'mass loaded' and'floating turntable' design principals.
In keeping with these principles, the platter is metal dueto its higher mass than acrylic. However, the old standard adoption of puremetal has been abandoned because of its highly-resonant tendencies. Instead,we've found a perfect alloy which we dampened on the inner side withSorbothane. Taking this base, we've glued recycled Vinyl records to the top(which act as a perfect mat) and bake this 'sandwich' before precisionbalancing it. The final product subsequently benefits from a wonderfullyresonance-free, heavy platter.
Another consideration was the amount of energy the tonearmbase would have to take from arm and cartridge movement. These energies have tobe controlled, as do those from the motor and the bearing (they have to be keptaway from the tonearm to avoid interference). Consequently, the tonearm base onthe Xtension also benefits from 'high-mass' technologies, and is isolated fromthe main board by a sheet of Sorbothane. Importantly though, this board isstill able to incorporate the adoption of different tonearms.
As we originally premised with this turntable, to be inkeeping with its 'classic' ethos, the Xtension comes with a beautiful dustcoverwith adjustable hinges, as well as several finish options in a high-glosslacquer. Ultimately, the Xtension truly delivers a timelessly classic,exclusive analogue experience.