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X1 is based on the simplicity of the vintage P1 by Pro-Ject and has been improved in every aspect thanks to modern materials and sophisticated new production methods. While the basic design philosophy remains unchanged, there are a myriad of improvements in each level of design. A sophisticated DC/AC generator board combined with the convenient speed control board delivers clean and stable power to the quietly-running motor. The motor is decoupled from the plinth via a TPE motor suspension system that isolates the motor and quells vibration. X1’s motor drives the massive, non-resonant 1.5kg satinized acrylic 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.
X1 incorporates carbon/aluminum composite tonearm. This 8.6” tonearm design is incredibly rigid with remarkable resistance to external interference. The composite material is fashioned into an integrated armtube & headshell so there’s no break in the signal from cartridge to tonearm output. The tonearm also provides azimuth and VTA adjustment, offering the perfect environment for a wide array of MM and MC cartridges. Painted 8 layers thick and a hand-polished to provide an exquisite look and feel that will last for generations, X1 is a work of art for the vinyl enthusiast.
Sumiko Olympia MM Phono Cartridge
The Pro-Ject factory installs and aligns the splendid Sumiko Olympia cartridge simplifying the setup process. In action, Olympia provides superb tracking as well as a very musical and engaging presentation. Olympia not only offers a replaceable stylus but can also be easily upgraded to Moonstone without cartridge realignment. The tonearm utilizes a TPE-damped counterweight to further minimize resonance. Purpose-designed Connect it E RCA is included – a semi-balanced, low-capacitance cable with superior shielding optimized for turntable use. X1 also features a hinged dustcover for you convenience.
Considerations for 78rpm Records
X1 ships with 2 different belts. The flat belt is for 33 & 45rpm discs and is installed on the top/smaller diameter of the motor pulley. The round one is for 78rpm records only. It is designed for use with the larger/bottom pulley diameter with the differently shaped slot. Installing the 78rpm belt incorrectly compromises its integrity and may lead to breakage.
Additionally, please note that it’s also not advisable to play 78rpm records with the Olympia stylus. Being an elliptical diamond meant to track the ‘microgrooves’ of 33s & 45s, it will sound poor and cause undue harm to the disc (and potentially the cartridge!). Sumiko has developed a 78 stylus for this very reason – now shipping! The stylus tracks the grooves properly and reduces the risk of harm to your collection. Keep in mind that Olympia is a stereo MM phono cartridge, meaning that its normal job is to transcribe 2 channels (left and right) of musical information. When using a 78 stylus with the Olympia, what you’ll hear is the one channel of musical information (mono) of the 78 in both stereo channels. For audiophile purposes, as it pertains to 78s, a true mono cartridge with a 78-appropriate stylus delivers the best sonics.
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