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"Clearly a Sophisticated Beast"
Through intensive listening tests, Pro-ject's engineers discovered that different materials transmit their own specific resonating fingerprint to the acoustic result in the playback process. They learned this using a specially developed measurement process, which allowed them to pinpoint the specific acoustic effects on sound of a given material or combination of materials. As a result of using higher mass techniques, the resonance amplitude turns out to be lower, greatly improving sonic purity, and by employing combinations of different high mass materials, resonances become more diffuse and specific resonances less apparent.
The innovative RPM 10.1 turntable chassis is the product of Pro-ject's extensive research into materials. Chambers filled with sand and metal create an extremely effective high mass combination, which dampens all resonances that could adversely affect playback quality.
The RPM 10.1's platter is also very heavy. The advantage of high mass can result in higher rumble of the main bearing. So to avoid any negative influences on the sound, powerful magnets make the platter almost float on the inverted main bearing with its ceramic ball and plate.
All of the other design features of the RPM 10.1 are carried forward from the highly acclaimed RPM 9. Bass dynamics and an overall sense of smoothness are clear advantages of the RPM 10.1 compared to other turntables in the Pro-Ject family.
This special SuperPack version of the RPM 10.1 also includes the critically acclaimed Sumiko Blackbird low output MC phono cartridge – a $1,249 value when purchased on its own.
"Clean, Deep Bass Quality"
"Weighty but well-priced, this player vindicates Pro-Ject’s work on plinth materials, but what really makes it work so well is the high-grade 10cc Evolution arm," note Steve Harris and Paul Miller, Hi-fi News, May 2010. "There is clean, deep bass quality that allows the rhythmic drive of the music to come through, solid but not heavy-footed. Giving an uncoloured and open midrange with fine imaging, this is a well balanced, vice-free package, and very good value."
"With its comprehensive approach to cartridge set-up and the efforts put into keeping resonance at bay with the Ground It base, this Pro-Ject is clearly a sophisticated beast. A state of affairs that's reflected in a resolute and engaging sound," reports Jason Kennedy in his TechRadar.com review for June 11, 2011. "Thanks to good dynamics and timing, not to mention excellent separation of detail – it needs to be auditioned."
New 10cc Evolution Tonearm
A new 10" tonearm, the 10cc Evolution, incorporates a conical carbon fiber arm tube with integrated headshell made of a single piece of carbon fiber and new ultra-rigid bearing assembly to give you the ability to use more massive and lower compliant moving coil cartridges.
The headshell and conical armtube are formed from a single piece of carbon fiber for maximum rigidity and resonance control. The armtube stills allows azimuth adjustments, despite the fixed headshell. The vertical tracking angle is also adjustable. Nominal speeds are 33-1/3 rpm and 45 rpm.
Chassis-mounted female RCA connectors on the rear panel allow you to use any single ended interconnects. A brass record clamp is included.
Includes Ground It Deluxe Isolation Platform
The RPM 10.1 includes Ground It Deluxe from Pro-Ject, an isolation platform for turntables that provides a clearly noticeable improvement in sound. Ground It Deluxe uses a heavyweight base filled with granular damping material that helps prevent vibration from your equipment rack or room from reaching your turntable. The base and damping material are anti-resonant.
Sumiko Blackbird Phono Cartridge
Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range, and the highest possible fidelity in its price class, the Sumiko Blackbird MC low output moving coil phono cartridge is destined to become an analog classic. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, and then is hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistency.
"Sumiko’s Blackbird is a strong Class B cartridge. I highly recommend it," says Michael Fremer in Stereophile magazine. "If you're currently living with a $300-$500 cartridge, move up to this and your world will be rocked… Its sound is as sumptuous as its packaging."
"Sumiko’s Blackbird is one of the finest cartridges I’ve heard in its price range, and it serves as a highly credible 'reference cartridge for the real world,'" notes Chris Martens in his review for AVGuide.com.
RPM 10.1 Turntable
Pro-Ject RPM 10-1 Turntable
"Weighty but well-priced, this player vindicates Pro-Ject’s work on plinth materials, but what really makes it work so well is the high-grade 10cc Evolution arm. There is clean, deep bass quality that allows the rhythmic drive of the music to come through, solid but not heavy-footed. Giving an uncoloured and open midrange with fine imaging, this is a well balanced, vice-free package, and very good value."
- Steve Harris and Paul Miller, Hi-fi News, May 2010
"With its comprehensive approach to cartridge set-up and the efforts put into keeping resonance at bay with the Ground It base, this Pro-Ject is clearly a sophisticated beast. A state of affairs that's reflected in a resolute and engaging sound."
"Thanks to good dynamics and timing, not to mention excellent separation of detail – it needs to be auditioned."
- Jason Kennedy, TechRadar.com, June 11, 2011
"Sumiko’s Blackbird is a strong Class B cartridge. I highly recommend it. If you're currently living with a $300-$500 cartridge, move up to this and your world will be rocked… Its sound is as sumptuous as its packaging."
Michael Fremer, Stereophile, January 2004
"Sumiko’s Blackbird is one of the finest cartridges I’ve heard in its price range, and it serves as a highly credible 'reference cartridge for the real world.'"
Chris Martens, AVGuide.com, October 2003
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|Get While The Gettin Is Good|
Listening to three weeks now and by my count over a hundred albums and I'm writing to say I'm thrilled with this turntable. The pictures online don't do justice to how impressive this turntable looks on my stand! No rave description can describe the sound I'm getting from the beast. Record noise is a thing of the past. Dynamics are stunning. Playing through my MartinLogan Theos electrostatics and the transparency is incredible. Thanks to salesman, Kaan, for explaining the details of this product to me. Kaan also explained this 'table was limited release and when they sell out no more will be made. That convinced me to act. Set up was easier than I was expecting and I didn't have to call Kaan even once with questions. Love the Black Bird cartridge. It's very sweet sounding a gives me gobs and gobs of detail. My advise is get one before its too late and they are gone. I got mine and I'm happy.
|- Ron C, OH|
I was debating between the Pro-Ject RPM 9.1 and 10.1 turntable deals. My sales guy Joe pointed out the 10.1 package comes with the $649 magnetically-isolated Ground It isolation base and the $1249 Sumiko Black Bird MC phono cart for $1,899 in total bonuses.That convinced me to go with the 10.1 deal. The isolation bass appealed to me since I have a JL Fathom subwoofer and didn't want low frequencies affecting the LPs. Three weeks in now and I am very happy with the 'table.The vinyl surface noise seems like it dropped by 98% and dynamics are unreal. I'm hearing instruments I had no idea were present on the recordings. You can't appreciate the benefit of a dead quiet LP until you hear it for yourself. The Black Bird is a great cartridge and tracks everything in my collection. Good stuff. Thanks Joe.
|- TJS, VT|
I read somewhere that the Pro-Ject engineers designed this turntable to be able to track the canon shots in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture LP - if you take a look at the LP you can see the jaggedy lines. We'll they've done it because I tried my original Mercury Living Presence copy and - amazingly this table does! It tracks everything else in my 3,000-LP library I've tried and sounds absolutely FANTASTIC doing so. I just love the deal I got on this 'table. THank you Audio Advisor!
|- Lowell P, IL|
I am a vinyl junkie because this is the fourth turntable in my stable - including a Thorens TD 125, VPI Scout 1.1 and Clearaudio Concept. Although it costs a little more than its brothers the construction quality and look of the RPM 10.1 puts them all to shame. The massive base plinth, thick platter, and excellent 10cc carbon fiber tonearm look impressive. Appearence is one thing, but the sound is even better. My LPs sound incredibly clean and uncolored on the 10.1. Bass is just wonderful, not only tight and deep, but rich and full. Treble is airy and cymbal decay seems to go on forever .... Is it the best in every way? I think my VPI may have slightly warmer mids, but I'm not exactly sure because there's a different cartridge on that one. One day I may swap the cartridges, but for now ... I'm just enjoying the splendor of my RPM. Heavenly!
|- P.M., NY|
After trying to fix my ancient Linn LP12 one more time I ... went to the dark side and ordered the Pro-Ject 10.1! I was going through Linn-withdrawl-syndrome until the Pro-Ject 10.1 arrived - in a crate no less - and I quickly got over it. This turntable is a thing of absolutely beauty. No table I've owned can compare. I spent a good two hours on assembly but enjoyed every minute. It's breathtaking to behold on my HRS rack. The sound clarity is OMG good. I've never heard my Wilson's produce bass of this quality or character. I'm scratching my head try to think of which records I MUST listen to next.... ahhh .. Mozart? ... Ray Charles? .... Eagles? ... Cindy Lauper? It's all good and I'm very happy. Needless to say, recommended!
|- Killingmesoftly, CA|
|Last Turntable I WIll Ever Buy|
I've owned this deck for two years now and am very happy, overall. This is a great-value 'table with excellent build quality, great isolation, excellent speed accuracy and stability no matter the LP presented. The arm is highly adjustable and I've had good results with both high-end MM cartridges - Grado - and MCs - Kiseki, Ortofon, and Benz. I have found the sonic character just a shade on the warm side of neutral, but in general its highly neutral as it takes on the character of the cartridge being used. This is a heavy turntable and requires a sturdy rack. Don't think you can put it on the dinner room table with great results. Considering what you get in this package - massive turntable, great tonearm, excellent phono cartridge plus an isolation bass - this is a tremendous value for the money. Will it best the $10K or $20K turntable out there? Probably not, but for under $3K this is an absolutely screaming deal and definitively the last turntable I will ever need to buy. I hope this review helps someone in their decision process.
|- Larry S.P., MA|