RPM 3 Carbon

£599.00
  • Award-winning design inspired by RPM 1.3 Genie
  • 10" S-Shape multi-layer tonearm 
  • Decoupled motor drives heavy MDF sandwich platter

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RPM Line

The EISA Award winning RPM 3 Carbon turntable takes the RPM 1 Carbon design and improves on almost every aspect to elevate the performance to another level.

The new 10" tonearm is a carbon fibre/aluminium resin construct, made using special heat and pressure treatments. The result of this new design is a tonearm that is more solid and anti-resonant than ever before at this price, while maintaining a light weight for improved cartridge tracking. The RPM 3 Carbon tonearm is supplied with a pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge and a new magnetic anti-skate mechanism. The supplied counterweight also utilises TPE damping in the form of an anti-resonant ring around the fixing point. This 10" S-Shape tonearm was designed specifically for the RPM 3 Carbon, and its ability is far above the turntable's attractive price tag.

The completely decoupled motor is based upon the same design as the 1 Xpression Carbon, running off an AC generator that's powered by an external DC power supply. As with the RPM 1 Carbon, the motor drives a thick, high-gloss MDF platter - except with the RPM 3 Carbon, the platter is topped with a layer of melted vinyl, providing a perfect playback platform without the need for an additional mat. The platter's inverted main bearing utilises a ceramic ball, mounted onto a high-mass base plate, which enables a fluid and consistent platter rotation with minimal rumble.

Available in Red, White or Black high gloss finishes, the RPM 3 Carbon is a turntable package that offers truly phenomenal value for money.

Key Features:

  • Precision belt drive turntable with decoupled synchronous motor
  • PCB-controlled motor with highly precise speed stability
  • Vinyl-topped MDF sandwich platter
  • Inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball
  • High-mass base plate beneath main bearing controls resonances
  • 10” S-Shape carbon fibre/aluminium tonearm
  • Magnetic anti-skate system
  • Counterweight with TPE damping
  • Pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge
  • Three high-gloss finished available
  • Dust cover available as optional extra

Technical Data

Replacement Stylus:  Ortofon 2M Silver Stylus 
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Silver
Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Dust Cover: No (Optional Extra)
Motor: 9V Decoupled Tower
Platter: 300mm Sandwich-Type (1.6kg)
Speed Drift: 33: ±0.19%
45: ±0.08%
Wow & Flutter: 33: ±0.14%
45: ±0.11%
Signal to Noise: -71dB
Tonearm: S-Shape Carbon/Aluminium
Effective Tonearm Length: 10" (254mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 16g
Overhang: 16mm
Tracking Force: 0 - 25mN
Output Voltage: 15V / 800mA DC
Power Consumption: 5W Max. / <0.5W Standby
Dimensions: 447 x 118 x 373mm
Weight: 5.5kg (net)

FAQ

Why does the RPM Line of turntables look so different?

Pro-Ject Audio Systems introduced the RPM Line of hi-fi turntables for two main reasons. First, the obvious cosmetic difference allows for a range of turntables that are not constrained by the traditional rectangular form-factor. Second, the reduced plinth allows for a different type of sound performance.

In a turntable, its mass helps contribute to its ability to dissipate unwanted resonances. In the RPM Line they still use mass where necessary; but they then take away all the unnecessary parts of a plinth. The result of this reduction in mass (relative to what a traditional rectangular turntable with the same components would be), is a livelier sound performance. In the place of mass, the current RPM Line also employs decoupled motors on every model, which further eliminates the build-up of unwanted resonances.

The introduction of the RPM Line is just another example of how Pro-Ject Audio Systems are able to deliver a turntable option for every type of vinyl enthusiast.

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