Pro-Ject Audio Systems, world number one in turntables, has just launched the X8a Genuinely High End vinyl player which incorporates far-reaching technical solutions adapted from the celebrated Xtension 9 and Xtension 10 models. As always in the Austrian firm, the a robust aluminum plate with mass loading and internal TPE damping, supported by a neodymium magnet that reduces the load on the rotation system and increases its stability.
Likewise, the X8 uses a massive MDF chassis with anti-resonance treatment, while including the exceptional 9cc EVO tonearm of Pro-Ject itself and an electronic control of the rotation speed. Regarding the most notable differences with the aforementioned Xtension 9 and 10, we must look for them in the upper part of the main plate and in the decoupling feet: thus, the The magnetic suspension that the two Xtensions have have been replaced by others with internal TPE treatment, the latter material being very effective when it comes to decoupling the new Pro-Ject from the surface on which it rests. Another element worth mentioning about the X8 is that, if the user so wishes, it can be supplied as standard with a pickup capsule pre-installed moving coil, the Ortofon Quintet Blue.
The X8 also stands out for incorporating a outlet socket 5-pin connector to make a symmetrical phono connection, supplied as standard with a semi balanced cable (with 5-pin connector on one end and RCA connectors on the other) Connect it E by Pro-Ject. The transition to a fully balanced connection is carried out optionally, in which case the use of a compatible phono preamplifier is recommended, such as the new Phono Box DS3 from Pro-Ject or any of the RS/RS2 phono stages from the Austrian brand. Let us point out in this regard that the use of a phono connection Completely symmetrical allows to increase the dynamics, reduce the noise level and therefore improve the signal/noise ratio. Finally, the X8 is completely designed and built in Europewhile it is available in three finishes: glossy black, glossy white and real walnut.