Pro-Ject Xtension 12 Evolution Turntable

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  • The love of 'retro' is it's inherent mix of classical beauty, combined with absolute mechanical precision, high-quality components, and superior performance.  

    Pro-ject products gave analog a new life in the nineties; our products have successfully shown that you can listen to music in a better way than with any contemporary digital medium, and it doesn't have to cost the earth.  

    However, now with the Xtension, we at Pro-Ject aim to bring back a classical analog concept from the eighties, and combine it with our advanced contemporary technologies. After eighteen years of turntable manufacturing for analog lovers on a budget, we're delighted to announce our first deck not subscribed to budgetary limitations; and boy does it deliver.  

    Already, the critically acclaimed 6perspeX has proved the fantastic result of using magnets to isolate the subchassis. So consequently, for the Xtension this technology has been re-developed to utilise new magnetic feet, which almost completely decouple the main plinth. Combine this with the weighty 25kg total mass of the turntable, and the listener benefi ts from minimal base resonance. This is a unique combination of 'mass loaded' and 'floating turntable' design principals.  

    In keeping with these principles, the platter is metal due to its higher mass than acrylic. However, the old standard adoption of pure metal has been abandoned because of its highly-resonant tendencies. Instead, we've found a perfect alloy which we dampened on the inner side with Sorbothane®. Taking this base, we've glued recycled Vinyl records to the top (which act as a perfect mat) and bake this 'sandwich' before precision balancing it. The final product subsequently benefits from a wonderfully resonance-free, heavy platter.  

    Another consideration was the amount of energy the tonearm base would have to take from arm and cartridge movement. These energies have to be controlled, as do those from the motor and the bearing (they have to be kept away from the tonearm to avoid interference). Consequently, the tonearm base on the Xtension also benefits from 'high-mass' technologies, and is isolated from the main board by a sheet of Sorbothane®. Importantly though, this board is still able to incorporate the adoption of different tonearms.  

    As we originally premised with this turntable, to be in keeping with its 'classic' ethos, the Xtension comes with a beautiful dustcover with adjustable hinges, as well as several finish options in a high-gloss lacquer. Ultimately, the Xtension truly delivers a timelessly classic, exclusive analogue experience.  

    Xtension is available in high gloss lacquer finishes: mahogany, piano and olive.  

    Manual turntable with built in Pro-Ject Speed Box SE

  • Turntable  

    Super-heavy 25 kg mass load magnetic fl oating belt drive design  

    Sorbothane® damped ultra precise balanced Sandwich platter out of special alloy combined with Vinyl  

    Brass record puck  

    Ultra low noise motor highest selection  

    Magnet supported, inverted main bearing Type Block 1 with ceramic thrust-pad  

    Integrated Speed Box SE for super silent motordrive and electronically switchable speed  

    Metal-granulate filled plinth for universal damping  

    Mass loaded interchangeable armboard  

    Height adjustable magnet supported feets for perfect isolation  

    Gold-plated RCA phono sockets  

    Tonearm 12cc Evolution  

    12" precision tone-arm with carbon-fibre armtube / headshell  

    Generation 2 carbon technology  

    Conical armtube avoids standing wave reflections  

    Highest selection of components  

    Antiresonace heavy mass cardan bearing block  

    Inverted bearing design with four hardened ABEC7 spec ballraces  

    Solid armbase permits accurate height adjustment of armtube and VTA (vertical tracing angle)  

    Single-screw fixing of armtube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite fixed headshell  

    Highly flexible top-grade copper internal wiring  

    Silicon damped tone-armlift  

    Resonance optimized Sorbothane® enhanced counterweight construction  

    Improved antiskating and tone-arm lift mechanics  

    Nominal speeds 33 / 45 / 78 r.p.m.
    Electronic speed change 33 / 45 r.p.m.
    Mechanic speed change 78 r.p.m.
    Build in Pro-Ject Speed Box SE yes
    Dust cover yes
    Record weight yes
    Supplied Pro-Ject phono cable Connect it 5P-C
    Magnet supported, Sorbothane-damped feet yes
    Central metal block yes
    Signal to noise -73dB
    Platter weight/diameter 5,7kg/300mm
    Power supply type Mains-fed outboard power supply
    220 - 240V, 50 cycles or 100 - 110V, 60 cycles
    Output voltage 16V/1.000mA AC
    Power consumption 2W
    Dimensions (lid open) 550 x 550 x 560mm
    Dimensions (lid closed) 550 x 250 x 450mm
    Weight 20kg
    Dimensions (W x H x D)

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