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The Latest Evolution in Xtension Turntables
The Xtension 9 Evolution turntable incorporates all of Pro-Ject's turntable design experience from more than twenty years in a slim-line component that is sized to fit standard audio racks.
The chassis is made from MDF filled with metal sand to achieve high mass and non-resonance. Magnetic feet, which decouple the main plinth from its base, are combined with a weighty 35-lb. total turntable mass. The result is a unique combination of 'mass loading' and 'floating turntable' design principles.
This special Superpack version of the Xtension 9 includes a Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Lo MC cartridge and an upgraded tonearm cable.
Sophisticated 'Sandwich' Platter
Instead of the standard approach of using pure metal for the main platter, Pro-Ject has developed what the company calls a "perfect alloy," which is damped on the inner side with Sorbothane. Next, Pro-Ject glued recycled vinyl records to the top to act as a "perfect" mat and then baked this sophisticated 'sandwich' before precision balancing it. The final product becomes a wonderfully resonance-free, heavy platter that runs ultra-silently on an inverted ceramic ball bearing with magnetic suspension.
Pro-Ject 9cc Carbon-Fiber Tonearm
The Xtension 9 Evolution comes with a custom Pro-Ject 9cc tonearm. Both the tone arm and arm tube are fashioned from a single piece of carbon-fiber. The conical carbon-fiber arm tube resists standing wave reflections for cleaner sound. The inverted tonearm bearing comprises four hardened stainless tips in ABEC7 spec ball races. Rings provide very solid arm bearing housings. The outside ring is open to avoid resonances.
Adjustability features ensure the best possible playback. The design of counterweight effectively counteracts unwanted resonances. The counterweight shaft lowered to the record level reduces cantilever forces and dynamic wow when playing warped records. The solid arm base permits accurate height adjustment of the arm tube and VTA (vertical tracking angle). The included counterweight is suitable for cartridges weighing between 6 and 10 grams. The single-screw attachment of the arm tube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite the fixed headshell.
The internal wiring consists of flexible high-purity copper from the headshell right through to the gold-plated phono jacks. The silicone-damped arm lift can be adjusted to suit the working height of the arm.
Electronic Speed Control
The Xtension 9 offers electronic speed control at the push of a button. No fumbling with belts and pulleys when you want to change speed. The quartz regulation and filter circuit deliver superior speed stability for smooth and undisturbed motor operation.
Also included with the Xtension 9 Evolution is a beautiful dustcover that will help protect your turntable.
Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Lo MC Phono Cartridge
As the evolution of the ever-popular Sumiko Blue Point Special, the EVO III raises the performance bar even higher at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. Soundstage focus and channel separation are exemplary, as is the cartridge's ability to maintain a coherent consistency that reproduces music as a perceptual whole.
"The EVO III provided a big helping of moving coil goodness, yet was refreshingly free of common moving coil quirks and foibles," reports the April 2004 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. "Enthusiastically recommended."
The Blue Point Special's features include a high-output moving coil design, a chemically coated aluminum cantilever with 0.3mm x 0.7mm elliptical stylus, and an ultra low-resonance open generator design. The resonance controlled mounting system provides the lowest mechanical impedance. The EVO III is highly compatible with most modern tonearms.
Xtension 9 Evolution Turntable
Xtension 9 Evolution Turntable
Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III MC Phono Cartridge
"The EVO III provided a big helping of moving coil goodness, yet was refreshingly free of common moving coil quirks and foibles. Enthusiastically recommended."
- The Absolute Sound magazine, April 2004