Pro-Ject X8 Turntable Black — Ex-demo

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Pro-Ject X8 Turntable Black — Ex-demo

Key info

This is an ex-demo model. The turntable is in mint condition but the retail box has a few imperfections. Contact us for more info.

  • Heavy mass loaded 15 kg belt drive turntable
  • Electronic speed control 33/45 rpm 
  • True Balance ready
  • Pro-Ject 9cc Evolution carbon tonearm

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 15 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 415 x 465 x 420 mm
Technical specifications
Tonearm 9“ one-piece carbon-fibre tonearm
Platter 5.1 kg lathed aluminium & TPE damped
Wow and flutter 33: ±0.11%; 45: ± 0.10%
Speed 33, 45
Drive type Belt drive
Effective arm length / mass: 9“ (230 mm) / 8.5 g
Overhang 18mm
Included accessories
What's in the box 15V DC / 0.8A power supply | dust cover | 7“ single adapter | felt mat | phono cable

The X8 is a mass-loaded high-end turntable with features more commonly found at premium price points. From its over-sized, heavyweight wooden plinth, through to the precision-lathed, TPE-damped aluminium main platter, and on to the 9” Evolution tonearm finished with a Quintet Blue, it is a complete turntable solution for high-end audio systems in one box.

The X8 draws inspiration from other high-end turntables in the Pro-Ject range. The thick, heavy MDF chassis is expertly shaped and finished to provide both a stylish aesthetic and a sturdy platform from which the key performance parts of the turntable can do their work.

The main platter is precision-cut from a single piece of aluminium and lined with a ring of rubber TPE damping to produce a heavy non-resonant base that contributes to highly accurate speed stability with very little fluctuation. The platter is mounted on an inverted ceramic-tipped main bearing, bolstered with magnetic support, for fluid rotation without resistance.

The platter is driven by a perimeter drive belt, connected to a low-noise AC motor. The motor is controlled by an AC generator with adjustable speed control for convenient switching between 33 and 45 RPM as well as a clean, low-noise power signal.

The X8 is pre-installed with Pro-Ject’s popular 9CC Evolution carbon fibre tonearm. The 9CC EVO can been found on many popular high-end turntables, and features a one-piece, tapered carbon fibre tonearm tube, mounted in a heavy-weight bearing block with high-quality ABEC 7 ball bearings. The tonearm is also VTA and azimuth adjustable for perfect cartridge mounting.

In the UK, the X8 is also supplied with the award-winning Ortofon Quintet Blue moving coil cartridge, as standard. The Quintet Blue is recognised for its detailed musical performance, and perfectly complements the X8’s own high-end ability.

As the X8 is supplied with a Moving Coil cartridge, it is also part of Pro-Ject’s True Balanced Connections concept. By upgrading to a 5pin > XLR cable, and connecting to one of the company’s balanced phono stages (such as the Phono Box DS3 B), you can benefit from increased dynamics, less noise and improved signal-to-noise ratios. Going true balanced is like hearing parts of your music that were not there before.

The X8 is supplied with height-adjustable TPE-damped feet, a removable dust cover, a felt mat and a semi-balanced Connect-IT E 5P > RCA phono cable for easy set-up out of the box. It’s available in high gloss black, high-gloss white or real-wood walnut veneer finishes.

True Balanced Connections

The interconnect cable between a record player and a phono stage is prone to pick up noise on the way. That noise and interference can stem from a lot of unavoidable sources, such as household applicances, wi-fi and bluetooth devices, other power cables and audio amplifiers. Unshielded (i.e. RCA) interconnects can amplify the picked-up noise and make it audible through your speakers, interfering with the pure musical signal.

Balanced (typically XLR) cable connections double the wires carrying the musical signal – with one side inverted. In this case noise still gets picked up by both wires, but with one side reversed. When the signals are re-joined at the phono stage, the picked-up noise is cancelled out by the opposing signals. The benefit of this is a louder, cleaner musical signal that has doubled in size with almost no remaining noise.

Key Features:

  • Heavy MDF chassis
  • Precision balanced damped 5,1 kg aluminium platter
  • Inverted bearing with ceramic tip, magnetic support
  • Electronic speed control 33/45 rpm
  • Pre-fitted Ortofon Quintet Blue
  • Inverted cardanic tonearm bearings; four stainless steel tips mounted in ABEC 7 quality ball bearings
  • Height-adjustable metal feet with TPE damping
  • Premium 5P semi-symmetrical RCA phono cable
  • True Balanced 5P XLR cable available separately
  • Dust cover included
  • Finish options: walnut, HG piano black, HG white
  • Handmade in Europe

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