Pro-Ject introduces X1 B and X2 B symmetrical turntables
Pro-Ject Audio Systems announced that Pro-Ject X1 B and Pro-Ject X2 B Balanced Turntables, which will be available in North America in September 2022; Both tables are designed to work with the recently released ones Phono box DS3B and Phono box S3B phono preamp.
Does balance really make a difference?
My experience shows that this is the case if you’re struggling with certain noise issues.
Almost 22 years ago I invested in a very expensive turntable and felt like I had reached vinyl nirvana. I paid $200 to get the cartridge installed properly, set up the table with a tricky hanging system, and help me mount the turntable rack to the wall.
My building at the time was a pre-war building in downtown Toronto that needed an upgrade on the electrical front. Loud to say the least.
No matter what I tried, my turntable setup always sounded loud; Ground loop problems, constant hissing and it became a source of depression (first world problems). Why bother spending nearly $8,000 on a system like this when it sounds terrible.
A local dealer suggested I have my arm and table modified so I could run a fully balanced rig; This included upgrading to a balanced phono stage. I sold a few other items to make the changes easier.
But when I listened to the same records I cared about, I was amazed at the differences in clarity, noise floor and overall dynamics of the sound.
Does a balanced setup always sound better? Not necessarily and I’m not convinced that every manufacturer that markets “balanced” really offers this.
I am confident that the two new Pro-Ject turntables will deliver what they promise.
Handcrafted in Europe, the Pro-Ject X1 B and X2 B are engineered to deliver the best possible performance for under $1,700; The new range of truly balanced connection products are the brand’s first turntables with dedicated fully balanced mini XLR outputs.
This connection optimizes the performance of moving coil cartridges when used with a compatible phono preamp. A Sumiko Rainier The moving magnet cartridge ($149 value) is factory installed and ready to use through the turntable’s unbalanced RCA outputs.
Can a balanced version of the Pro-Ject Debut PRO be far behind? I was very impressed with the new turntable and my review makes it pretty clear that this is the table to consider right now if your budget limit is $1,000.
- New True Balanced Connection from Pro-Ject
- New RCA phono and 5-pin mini XLR output
- New Phonobox S3 B & DS3 B
- Preset Sumiko Rainier MM pickup
- Electronic speed control with speed change of 33/45 rpm
- New dedicated mini XLR output jack
- 9″ carbon/aluminium tonearm
Pro-Ject also publishes supplementary ones Connect the True Balance phono cables support reach. The E, S, DS and RS lines are released to maximize your connection from the Pro-Ject turntable to the phonobox of your choice.
Price & Availability
Both turntables will be available from authorized Pro-Ject dealers from September 2022 $1,299 (X1B) and $1,699 (X2B) USD. Both models are available in black, white or walnut finishes.
For more information: projectusa.com