Pro-Ject X2 B Turntable

$3,199.00 inc Cart

Classic turntable design re-imagined and lifted to new heights

 

True Balanced Connection

Turntables look back on a long history. Over time, many things have changed, not only from technical possibilities, but also from the environment. Wireless networks are omni present and countless electronic devices make your home “smarter”. This means there are now a lot of additional electromagnetic fields, which could interfere with your turntable‘s signal. This was simply not the case 30 years ago. To ensure the best connection to your phono preamplifier Pro-Ject designed the “True Balanced Connection”.

What’s True Balanced?

Balanced audio connections are usually known from the professional sector – such as recording studios or live concerts. It is very important to have a stable & interference free connection, as these signals will be highly amplified. The same applies to the connection from your turntable to the phono preamplifier. The big advantage of a balanced connection is its ability to remove picked up noise and interferences. And best of all, cartridges by nature are already balanced signal transducers! With True Balanced your are simply using everything, literally everything, that your cartridge is picking up from the record groove. You are not throwing away half of the usable signal, like is done in typical single-ended RCA phono connections.

The X2 B comes with mini XRL and RCA outputs and with our standard semi-balanced Connect it Phono E RCA cable. By upgrading it to the fully balanced mini XLR to mini XLR version (available separately) and using a balanced phono stage, like our Phono Box S3 B or DS3 B, you are fully set-up for the True Balanced experience. This leads to increased dynamics, less noise and improved signal to noise ratios. You can imagine it, like hearing parts of your music that literally were not there before.

Features…

  • Factory Fitted Ortofon Quintet Red
  • True Balanced unleashing the full power
  • Mini XLR Output – one cable connects it all
  • Balanced Preamps -a fully balanced signal transmission to your phono preamplifier.
  • Azimuth & VTA – fully adjustable Azimuth & VTA.
  • Quintet Red – High-end MC cartridge
  • 2 kg Platter – Resonance free guaranteeing absolute reliability in its performance and sonic character.
  • 33/45/78 RPM high precision motor control with a sophisticated DC/AC generator board generating clean and stable power to drive the motor.
  • Metal Feet – Damped & height adjustable aluminium feet
  • 9” Carbon-Aluminium Tonearm – finished as a one-piece, with no resonance-inducing headshell, the X2 B can also be set for azimuth and VTA adjustment. The tonearm is then supplied with a TPE-damped counterweight.
  • Made in Europe by a turntable factory with decades of experience

EISA Award for True Balanced

Cartridges are balanced signal transducers by nature! You’ll need a MC cartridge to access the entirety of that balanced signal. The X2 B comes with an Ortofon Quintet Red MC cartridge factory aligned, and together with new True Balanced Connection cables and balanced phono stages you’ll be able to access high-end features that were previously only available in the most expensive Hi-Fi categories. In combination with the Pro-Ject Phono Box S3 B and X2 B, the True Balanced concept won the prestigious EISA Award for best Vinyl System!

New motor suspension

A good motor by itself, is already very quiet. To get the best performance out of it, the motor suspension has been improved. The X2 B‘s motor chassis is carefully balanced and suspended on a precision tuned TPE belt – this way the motor chassis is effectively decoupled from the main plinth for optimal performance.

9” Carbon-Aluminium Tonearm

Compared with its little brother the X1 B, the tonearm is longer – 9“ in length – and the tube has a wider diameter. The carbon/aluminium sandwich construction results in better internal damping. The increased mass makes the tonearm an excellent fit for low compliance MC cartridges.

Specifications…

  • Speed:   33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
  • Principle:   belt drive
  • Speed variance:   33: 0.25% 45: 0.20%
  • Wow & flutter:   33: 0.12% 45: 0.10%
  • Signal to noise:   70 dB
  • Platter:   30mm thick, 2 kg heavy acryl
  • Main bearing:   stainless steel/brass
  • Tonearm:   9” carbon/aluminium sandwich
  • Effective arm length:   230 mm
  • Overhang:   18 mm
  • Effective tonearm mass:   13,5g
  • Tracking force range:   0 – 30mN
  • Included accessories:   15volts DC /0.8A power supply, Dust cover, Connect it E Phono cable, feltmat
  • Power consumption:  4.5 watts max / 0.3 watt standby
  • Dimensions:  460 x 150 x 340 mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight:  10 kg

Check out the brochure for more information – Pro-Ject X2B Brochure / Manual / Setup Guide

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