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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.
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.
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|Great GREAT turntable|
I've been playing this table since AA shipped it to me set up with the cartridge of my choice, a Grado Reference Sonata 2 and i have to say i've never been happier with a piece of audio equipment. I was happy with my 10 year old Pro-Ject Debut pre-carbon arm with a Grado Gold 1 cart and every available upgrade Acrylic platter, speed box, record weight, even Cardis RCA ends a tech installed for me but was looking for a serious turntable upgrade, one I would be happy with for a long long time, so the contenders were the EAT C Major, VPI Scout and Xtension 9 The 9 won for a few reasons: Speed stability, isolation, looks and last but not least a dust cover. I've been fiddling and tweaking components for quite sometime now and liked the idea that this table had everything i wanted ready to go. Audio Advisor had a demo model for a great price so it was time to pull the trigger. I was getting great musical performance from my humble upgraded Debut 3 but the 9 is just more of EVERTHING I love of the Pro-ject / Grado combination. I highly recommend this deck. instruments sound like instruments and vocals are singing to you. Everything i throw at it is detailed, defined and spacious. Acoustic pianos sound amazing thanks to the dead on speed control, heft of the table and the great supplied 9cc tone arm.This turnable is also dead quite, no hum what so ever with a Grado cart, and is gorgeous in appearance. If you're looking for a turntable that will give you incredible high end performance, buy this one!
|- Ryan S, IL|