The Pro-Ject X8 is a mass-loaded, high-end turntable with true, balanced XLR connection.
The X8 is our most affordable mass-loaded turntable yet. Positioned neatly between the X2 and Xtension 9, the X8 adopts and breaks down its bigger siblings' features to make mass-loaded high-end design principles as accessible as never before.
Huge 5.1kg platter
The X8 offers a heavy, TPE damped mass-loaded platter precision lathed from a single aluminium block and finely balanced. On the Xtension 9 and 10 you cannot really play around with using different mats due to the glued on vinyl top. The X8 comes with a standard felt mat, also allowing you to experiment with different material mats in the future and tailor the sound to your taste.
Ceramic tipped, inverted bearing
A neodymium magnet decreases the load on the ceramic tipped bearing. Considering the massively heavy platter, this leads to a smoothly rotating base for your vinyl records and perfect speed stability.
Big bang for buck
The X8 inherited the massive MDF chassis and the top-of-the-line Pro-Ject 9cc EVO carbon tonearm from its larger siblings. The height-adjustable X8 features machined aluminium feet. The TPE damping technology in the feet effectively decouples the X8 from the surface it is placed on. The feet are a great choice for a more budget orientated turntable as they are faster and easier to set up than magnetic feet on the X9/10, and also require less maintenance.
Balanced XLR outputs
Turntables look back on a long history. Over time, many things have changed, not only from technical possibilities, but also from the environment. Wireless networks are omni present and countless electronic devices make your home 'smarter'. This means there are now a lot of additional electromagnetic fields, which could interfere with your turntable‘s signal. This was simply not the case 30 years ago. To ensure the best connection to your phono preamplifier we designed our 'True Balanced Connection'.
Using one of the new True Balanced phono cables wired to a Phono Box S3 B, Phono Box DS3 B, Phono Box RS or Phono Box RS2 you'll be able to hear every ounce of detail that your moving coil cartridge produces.
Pre-fitted with Ortofon Quintet Blue
Ready for True Balanced connection, the X8 has an option to come factory set with an Ortofon Quintet Blue moving coil cartridge. This cartridge will perfectly set you up for the True Balanced experience.
|Speed:||33, 45 (electronic speed change)
|Included phono cable:||Connect it E 5P -> RCA, 1.23m
|Aluminium feet:||Height adjustable & TPE damped
|Platter:||5.1 kg lathed aluminium & TPE damped
|Main bearing:||Inverted with ceramic ball tips and magnetic support
|Speed variance:||33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,10%
|Wow & flutter:||33: ±0,11%; 45: ± 0,09%
|Signal to Noise:||73 dB|
|Tonearm:||9” one-piece carbon fibre tonearm|
|Effective arm length:||9“ (230 mm) / 8,5 g
|Effective tonearm mass:||8.5 g|
|Included accessory:||15V DC / 0,8A power supply, dust cover, 7“ single adapter, felt mat, phono cable
|Power consumption:||5W / 0.3 W standby mode
|Dimensions lid closed:||465 x 150 x 350 mm (W x H x D)
|Dimensions lid opened:||465 x 415 x 420 mm (W x H x D)
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