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Pro-Ject Xtension w/Ortofon AS 309S tonearm

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  • Sorbothane-damped aluminium platter with perimeter belt drive and brass record puck
  • Magnet supported, inverted main bearing with ceramic thrust-pad
  • Central metal block optimises centre of gravity
  • Build in Pro-Ject Speed Box SE
  • Magnet supported feet

It is apparent throughout contemporary culture that modern and classical designs are working, more than ever before, in harmony. Countless varying product categories, such as cars, watches, and furniture, are all embracing the ever-popular retro trend.
The reasoning behind this love of ‘retro’ 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, 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, Pro-Ject is delighted to announce the 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 sub-chassis. So consequently, for the Xtension this technology has been re-developed to utilize new magnetic feet, which almost completely decouple the main plinth. Combine this with the weight 25kg total mass of the turntable, and the listener benefits 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?. The base is glued with 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.

Weight 22000 g
Dimensions 235 × 480 × 400 mm
Brand

Speed 33, 45(electronic speed change), 78 (manual speed change)
Principle Belt drive
Platter 300 mm aluminium (TPE damped)
Main bearing Inverted stainless steel with ceramic thrust-pad with antimagnetic support
Wow & flutter ± 0.01% (max)
Speed variance ± 0.09% (max)
Signal to Noise 73 dB
Tonearm 12cc Evolution, Carbon / Ortofon RS-309 D
Tracking force range (12cc Evolution // RS-309 D) 10 – 35 mN // 0 – 50 mN
Effective tonearm length (12cc Evolution // RS-309 D) 304.8 mm // 326 mm
Effective tonearm mass (12cc Evolution // RS-309 D) 10.5 g // 6.0 g
Overhang (12cc Evolution // RS-309 D) 13.2 mm // 15 mm
Included accessory Power supply, dust cover
Power consumption 2 Watts max