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Pro-Ject Turntables Promise Superior Noise Suppression | Digital Trends Spanish

European manufacturers of hi-fi audio equipment Pro-Ject Audio Systems have announced the addition of two new turntables, the X1 B and X2 B, to their line of “True Balanced Connection” products designed to bring an interference-free audio experience to turntable heads. vinyl.

With a more affordable price than the $2,500 Pro-Ject X8a high-end platform released in April, the $1,299 and $1,699 (respectively) X1 B and X2 B further expands on Pro-Ject’s goal of bringing the benefits of balanced, clean, true analog audio to a wider range. wide range of vinyl enthusiasts.


The cables that connect our turntables to phono stages, receivers, and amplifiers are susceptible to picking up all sorts of interference from our wireless and Bluetooth devices, appliances, and other modern electronics, and traditional RCA connections can send this noise through your system. to your speakers. Pro-Ject is looking to combat that by bringing balanced XLR outputs that are widely used in high-end systems and in the recording industry, to the masses.

In this case, using a mini XLR cable output on the turntables allows you to connect the X1 B and X2 B to a stage equipped with balanced XLR outputs which you can then connect to a compatible amplifier or audio system for this sound. clean and interference-free that can chase traditional setups. Balanced XLR cables can achieve stronger and cleaner music signals.

But there is a bit of a catch. While the Pro-Ject X1 B and X2 B are high-end turntables that are ready to go out of the box and can be connected to a standard system via RCA cables (each deck is equipped with a capable Sumiko Rainier moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge and preset, you’ll need to shell out extra for that balanced XLR phono stage, as well as a moving coil (MC) cartridge, and cables to hook it all up. And as we’re sure you can imagine, Pro-Ject also offers these accessories. As part of its True Balanced Connection line, the very Phono Box S3 B ($500) and Phono Box DS3 B ($800) from Pro-Ject are available to do the job.

The good news is that these new Pro-Ject turntables offer the best of both worlds at a pretty competitive price, especially for those looking to take their vinyl setup to the next level. First, even if you’re not ready to drop the dollars for the upgraded phono stage, MC cartridge, and amplification components (if necessary) to capitalize on Pro-Ject’s new system, you’re still getting a top-tier turntable. Both the X1 B and X2 B feature the aforementioned Sumiko Ranier cartridge, sound-suppressing acrylic platter, anti-resonance MDF plinth, carbon/aluminum tone arm, and quiet belt-driven motors that will make your vinyl shine. The extra $500 for the X2 can be explained with its heavier chainring (1.5kg on X1 B vs. 2kg on X2 B) and plinth (7kg on X1 B vs. 10kg on X2 B), and a slightly longer tone arm, all of which contribute to better sound isolation, aka better sound.

The X1 B comes in three colors: gloss black, gloss white, and satin walnut, while the X2 B adds a satin black option, like Pro-Ject’s popular Debut Pro deck.

turntables Pro-Ject X1 B Y X2B They will be available in September 2022.

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