LENC's Pro-Ject X1 Review:
Although it would be easy to think X1 is simply an updated version of the 1xpression, in reality however they are very different with nearly every aspect of X1 undertaking an upgrade.
The X1 is a more mature and authoritative listening experience, digging deeper into the music and offering greater space between the instruments, It really is a substantial upgrade! Pro-Ject should be applauded for all the upgrades whilst remaining competitively priced!
Real High-End Features - True Audiophile Sound - Affordable Price
Pro-Ject‘s classic turntable design reimagined and lifted to new price/ performance heights!
In 1991 Pro-Ject started a revolution in HiFi with the introduction of the Pro-Ject 1 turntable. A new high-end, low budget turntable at a time when CD was king. Against all odds, we were creating interest in analogue audio at a time when others were turning their backs, and the success was only down to three critical philosophies:
– Simple yet technically correct design
– High-quality valuable materials
– Fully handcrafted, expert engineers, made in the EU
There are no fancy, unnecessary features; it was a strictly manual turntable design and all of these decisions resulted in unbelievable sound at a fantastic price. The X1 is based on the same concept as the P1 but improved in every aspect thanks to modern materials and new production methods.
- Heavier, denser, less resonating, new MDF material
- Better Platter: Nonresonating, heavier Acryl platter
- Better Motor Isolation:
- New motor suspension for better decoupling of the motor vibrations to tonearm and chassis
- Better Tonearm: Super stiff, perfectly damped Carbon/Alu sandwich construction
- Better Counterweight:
- New Anti-resonant counterweight with TPE damper to reduce cartridge-tonearm resonance
- Better Motor Speed Control and Electronic Speed Change:
- A sophisticated DC/AC generator board generates clean and stable power to drive the motor
- Better Feet:
- Height adjustable, isolating Alu/TPE sandwich feet
- Better Cartridge:
- Premium Ortofon made, Pro-Ject sound tuned MM cartridge
- Better audiophile features:
- Aluminium Tonearm Base with Azimuth and VTA adjustment
- Stiff one-piece tonearm without a vibration causing detachable headshell
- Better Cable: All Pro-Ject turntables come with a high-quality phono RCA cable
The design is carefully tuned to offer the most critical features for the best price and everything is put together with Pro-Ject‘s decade long experience in making the best performing turntables without blowing the budget:
MDF is 2-3 times more expensive than standard particle boards, not to mention a plastic chassis, but sounds and feels way better.
The X1‘s luxury 8 layers of painting and the hand-polished finish are 3-4 times more expensive than simple foils.
Inside, it houses a sophisticated DC/AC generator board which, combined with the convenient speed control board, delivers clean and stable power to the quiet-running motor. This adds additional cost but performs many times better than a simple direct powered AC motor.
For even further improved performance, the motor is decoupled from the main plinth using a new motor suspension system.
In the X1, the motor drives a new, heavy, non-resonant Acryl platter via a sub-platter drive system and a premium grade main bearing for liquid-smooth rotation. This is the perfect platform on which to place your precious vinyl records, guaranteeing absolute reliability in its performance and sonic character.
The X1 is also better than its predecessor's thanks to the super-stiff, perfectly tempered Carbon/Alu sandwich construction tonearm. This new 8.6” tonearm design is incredibly light and stiff, with improved resistance to external interference. Finished as a one-piece, with no resonance-inducing headshell, the X1 can also be set for azimuth and VTA adjustment, offering the flexibility that so many people are asking for, especially in this and even lower price ranges.
The tonearm is then supplied with a TPE-damped counterweight, further reducing cartridge-tonearm resonances.
Lastly, height-adjustable feet in their Alu/ TPE sandwich construction are a very exclusive but necessary feature to level up the turntable and effectively isolate it from the surface it is placed on.
The X1 has all the high-end features of modern turntable designs to maximise the music and listening experience. All these features can in fact be done at a reasonable cost. Due to our extensive experience and meticulous manufacturing processes, we put resources, time and effort into giving music lovers the best sound for their money, rather than cutting corners to save on costs. It is a statement and a counterpoint against other upcoming turntable designs, which go the way of offering more features but less performance.
Who's This Turntable For?:
The X1 is a perfect fit for the first upgrade from a more entry-level turntable such as the Essential III or if you want to skip that step and land on a high-quality turntable that will still leave you with some pocket change for a nice amplifier or speakers.
- Fully manual "No Gimmicks"
- Push-button speed change from 33-45's
- Heavy Acrylic Platter
- One Piece High-quality Tonearm
Pair This With:
The options here are pretty broad, this table is good enough to be put on the Roksan K3 Amplifier or even a really nice step up for the Rotel A10 however we think the sweet spot is the Rotel A12 Integrated Amplifier and the Monitor Audio Silver 100 bookshelf speakers.
Manufacturers Warranty & Specifications:
ProJect X1 Warranty -
Turntables and Box Design electronics are covered by a 2 year warranty.
Passive speakers are covered by a 5 year warranty.
Vacuum tubes used within components are covered for 90 days from purchase
Find out more here.
|Speed||33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)|
|Speed variance||33: 0.30% 45: 0.25%|
|Wow & flutter||33: 0.15% 45: 0.13%|
|Platter||20mm thick, 1.5 kg heavy acryl|
|Main bearing||stainless steel/brass|
|Tonearm||8,6” carbon/aluminium sandwich|
|Effective arm length||218,5 mm|
|Effective tonearm mass||10,0g|
|Tracking force range||0 - 30mN|
|Included accessories||15volts DC /0,8A power supply, Dust cover, Connect it E Phono cable, feltmat|
|Power consumption||5,0 watts max /< 0.3 watt standby|
|Dimensions||415 x 125 x 335 mm (WxHxD)|
|Weight||7 kg net / 9.5 kg gross weight|