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’ is 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; their 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 12, Pro-Ject aims to bring back a classical analog concept from the eighties, and combine it with the most advanced advanced technologies in the industry. After eighteen years of turntable manufacturing for analog lovers on a budget, unveils their first deck not subscribed to budgetary limitations; and boy does it deliver.
For the Xtension, magnetic sub-chassis isolation was n re-developed to utilize new magnetic feet, which almost completely decouple the main plinth. Combine this with the weighty 25 kg total mass of the turntable, and the listener benefit ts 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 tendency to be highly-resonant. Instead, we’ve found a perfect alloy which we dampened on the inner side with Sorbothane®. Taking this base, we’ve used 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.
Another consideration was the amount of energy the tonearm base would have to take from arm and cartridge movement. These energies have to be controlled, as do those from the motor and the bearing (they have to be kept away from the tonearm to avoid interference). Consequently, the tonearm base on the Xtension also benefits from ‘high-mass’ technologies, and is isolated from the main board by a sheet of Sorbothane®. Importantly though, this board is still able to incorporate the adoption of different tonearms.
As originally promised with this turntable, it keeps with a ‘classic’ ethos, reminiscent of earlier times, yet deceptively young and powerful. Ultimately, the Xtension truly delivers a timelessly classic, exclusive analogue experience.
This special edition Xtension 12 features the Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation. This beautiful, moving-coil cartridge, is the flagship of Sumiko’s phono cartridges. Valued at a whopping $4499, this cartridge is pre-mounted and included in the turntable’s price. As Sumiko’s most powerful, precise, and beautiful cartridge, it is the only one fit to be paired with the Xtension 12.
- Super-heavy 25 kg mass load magnetic floating belt drive design
- Sorbothane® dampened, ultra precise, balanced sandwich platter; forged out of a patented special vinyl alloy.
- Brass record puck
- Ultra low noise motor
- Magnet supported, inverted main bearing Type Block 1 with ceramic thrust-pad
- Integrated Speed Box SE for super silent motor-drive and electronically switchable speed
- Metal-granulate filled plinth for universal damping
- Mass loaded interchangeable arm-board
- Height adjustable magnet supported feet for perfect isolation
- Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
Speed: 33, 45 (electronic speed change), (78 manual speed change)
Principle: Belt drive
Speed variance: 0.09% (max)
Wow & flutter: 0.01% (max)
Signal to Noise: 73 dB
Platter: 300 mm aluminum (TPE dampened)
Main bearing: Stainless steel
Tonearm: 12 inches, EVO Carbon Fiber
Effective arm length: 304.8 mm
Effective tonearm mass: 10.5 g
Overhang: 13.2 mm
Tracking force range: 10 – 35mN
Power consumption: 2 Watts max
Dimensions (lid closed):
9-1/4 inches (235 mm) High
18-9/10 inches (480 mm) Wide
15-3/4 inches (400 mm) Deep
Weight: 48-1/2 lbs (22 kg)
Finishes: Gloss Black, Olive Wood, and Mahogany
Included accessories: Power supply, dust cover
Notes- Currently available in Mahogany, this model is brand new, in-the-box, and includes a full warranty. Contact us for more information, or to schedule a one-on-one demonstration of this turntable’s elegant beauty and effortless performance.