The Pro-Ject Xperience Basic + turntable delivers extraordinary quiet performance through the use of low-resonance plinth and platter design, a decoupled motor, and an 8.6" single piece conical aluminum tonearm tube. The table comes with the critically acclaimed Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 phono cartridge, which proves an ideal match with the Xperience Basic +.
"Sonically, Pro-Ject’s engineering pays off, with the Basic+ delivering an impressively clear view of the music," says England's What Hi-fi? magazine.
Exceptionally Good Speed Stability
The platter of the Xperience Basic + is made from non-resonant MDF and includes a felt mat. Its low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a sintered bronze bearing housing for exceptionally good speed stability. The plinth sits on three height-adjustable rubber-damped aluminum cone feet for addition rejection of noise and vibration. Additionally, the motor is physically isolated from the plinth, further reducing noise.
Single-piece 8.6" Tonearm with Fixed Headshell
A single-piece 8.6" tonearm with fixed headshell features hardened stainless steel bearings and rigid aluminum tube to provide superb tracking and resonance reduction. Accurate adjustment cartridge azimuth is easily accomplished for optimization of your choice of phono cartridge.
Female chassis mount RCA connectors on the rear panel allow for the use of any single ended interconnect cables. A Pro-Ject Connect-It interconnect is included. Choose Transparent Acrylic or Piano Gloss Black Lacquer finish for the look that matches your lifestyle.
Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Phono Cartridge
Offering exceptional performance and musicality at an affordable price, the latest generation Blue Point No. 2 phono cartridge from Sumiko sets a new standard in its price class. The Blue Point's features include a moving coil design, high output, 2.5-mV, alloy cantilever, Blue Point-cut elliptical diamond stylus, and standard 1/2" mounting.
The audiophile press can't believe the level of performance that Blue Point No. 2 provides for such a meager outlay of cash.
"Though the Bluepoint No. 2 offers somewhat less purity, focus, and refinement than top-tier moving coils, it supplies most of the essential ingredients necessary for superlative analog sound, which is quite an achievement," reports Chris Martens in his October 30, 2008 review for The Absolute Sound magazine.
"While it may have an entry level price tag, the Blue Point No. 2 clearly performs at a level not thought possible a few short years ago," notes Ferrari in his Audiogon.com review for January 1, 2006.
Pro-Ject Xperience Basic +
Pro-Ject Xperience Basic +
Pro-Ject Xperience Basic + Turntable
"Sonically, Pro-Ject’s engineering pays off, with the Basic+ delivering an impressively clear view of the music."
- What Hi-fi? magazine
Sumiko Blue Point 2 Phono Cartridge
"Relative to the original Bluepoint Oyster, the Bluepoint No. 2 offers richer, more potent bass and smoother, less aggressive highs. Together, these improvements transform Sumiko’s entry level moving coil into a cartridge that even finicky listeners might enjoy for hours on end."
"Though the Bluepoint No. 2 offers somewhat less purity, focus, and refinement than top-tier moving coils, it supplies most of the essential ingredients necessary for superlative analog sound, which is quite an achievement."
- Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound, October 30, 2008
"While it may have an entry level price tag, the Blue Point No. 2 clearly performs at a level not thought possible a few short years ago."
"Here is a product that has stood the test of time, has had and continues to have a loyal following. One of the true enduring values in analog playback. At its price/performance ratio, it just doesn't get much better than this. A proven winner from a time honored manufacturer that continues to embrace the vinyl medium long after vinyl's golden days. For me that speaks volumes about Sumiko and its products and commitment to analog playback."
- Ferrari, Audiogon.com, January 1, 2006
"The Blue Point No. 2 is quite a strong performer when its price is factored in to the equation. It is totally unreasonable to expect a $300 cartridge to perform as well as a $3,000 one. In my opinion, the Blue Point No. 2 is very much worth considering if you’re shopping in this price range."
- Rich Teer Vinylphile, December 2010