Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Evolution Turntable
The Xtension 10 shares much with its larger brother the Xtension 12. Designed to be smaller and with a 10" tonearm, the Xtension 10 delivers nearly all of the 12's performance in a more compact and less expensive package. Pro-Ject's Xtension 10 incorporates over 20 years of experience in turntable design and manufacture.
Optional Superpack upgrade: Superpack includes Sumiko Starling Cartridge at a significantly reduced price.
The Xtension 10 shares much with its larger brother the Xtension 12. Designed to be smaller and with a 10″ tonearm, the Xtension 10 delivers nearly all of the 12’s performance in a more compact and less expensive package. Pro-Ject’s Xtension 10 incorporates over 20 years of experience in turntable design and manufacture. The Xtension 10 represents the latest technological efforts to address mass-decoupling and resonance reduction. Beginning with the mass-loaded magnetically floated sub-chassis and the precision balanced sandwich alloy platter (recycled vinyl/alloy), the foundation of this system weighs in at a super-heavy 48 lbs.
Additionally, Pro-Ject employs magnetic decoupling feet to thwart airborne or mechanical vibration from disturbing playback. This mass and isolation creates an environment of extremely low resonance, allowing music to emerge from an ultra-silent black background. An AC motor with a two-step pulley drive with electronic speed control maintains perfect pitch and rhythm, resulting in inaudible wow, flutter and noise.
Further reducing noise and vibration is the isolated Sorbothane mounting board for the 10″ carbon-fiber tonearm. The conical arm and unified headshell are fabricated from a single piece of carbon fiber to avoid problems associated with standing wave reflections. Single screw fixing of the armtube allows easy rotation for adjustment of needle azimuth. Additionally the arm is fully adjustable for VTA. A high-performance 123 cm phono interconnect cable is included.
RPM 9 & 10 Carbon, Xtension 9, 10 & 12 Evolution, and Signature 10 & 12 use plinths that are more than meets the eye. These high-end turntables not only use multi-density fiber (MDF, which absorbs resonance), but inside the plinths are also “central gravity points” filled will steel pellets. Drawing harmful resonance to the central gravity point all but eliminates the potential for plinth and bearing noise to reach the tonearm and cartridge. Pellets are used as opposed to a solid alloy due to their dispersion effect where a solid alloy may resonate. This design heightens the overall mass of these turntables as well, a well-known approach to optimizing sonics.
The optional Superpack upgrade includes a Sumiko Starling cartridge at a significantly reduced price. A sonic image can be priceless, and Sumiko has designed the Starling to realize that image in your system. Added to the resonance-optimized headblock & generator borrowed from Songbird, Starling implements a rigid boron cantilever finished with an ultra-low-mass Microridge stylus. Microridge is a diamond profile highly regarded worldwide for its even-handedness while simultaneously delivering richness & clarity.
- Super-heavy 22 kg belt drive turntable
- Mass loaded magnetic floating sub-chassis
- Precision balanced sandwich-platter
- Inverted ceramic ball bearing with magnetic support
- Heavyweight record clamp
- Extremely low level of natural resonance
- Perfect decoupling through magnetic feet
- Electronic speed control 33/45/78 rpm
- Tonearm 10cc Evolution made from carbon fiber
- Inverted tonearm bearings (ABEC 7 quality)
- Dust cover included
- Handmade in Europe
- Speed: 33, 45, 78 (electronic speed change)
- Principle: Belt drive
- Platter: 300mm aluminium (TPE damped)
- Wow & flutter: ± 0,01% (max)
- Speed variance: ± 0,09% (max)
- Signal to noise: 73dB
- Effective arm length: 254mm
- Effective tonearm mass: 8,5g
- Overhang: 16,0mm
- Power consumption: 2W