RPM 5 Carbon

From £1399.00
  • Visually striking turntable with decoupled motor
  • Carbon fibre-topped MDF plinth with acrylic platter
  • Pre-mounted 9CC Evolution tonearm

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Designed to replace the award-winning RPM 5.1, the RPM 5 Carbon takes a technological, audible and cosmetic leap forward compared to the high standard set by its predecessor.

The stylish plinth and decoupled-motor design has been chosen due to the proven performance benefits discovered with the range-topping RPM 9 Carbon and RPM 10 Carbon. The low-resonance MDF plinth is finished with a premium quality gloss and topped with carbon fibre for added rigidity. The chassis contains a new inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball for minimal rumble. The whole plinth sits on top of three adjustable spiked feet to further keep resonance away from the record surface.

The thick acrylic platter, designed specifically for the RPM 5 Carbon, is acoustically inert to ensure the purest playback of any vinyl record. The platter is driven by a fully-detached 9V AC motor, which offers a smooth and consistent rotation thanks to the ultra-precision, DC-driven AC generator built into the motor housing.

The RPM 5 Carbon is supplied with the outstanding 9CC Evolution tonearm pre-installed. The 9CC Evolution boasts a 9” one-piece carbon fibre tube and inverted bearing design that allows for perfect tracking, even with demanding pick-up cartridges and less-than-perfect records. The heavyweight assembly and TPE-damped counterweights ensure unwanted resonances are swiftly drawn away from the signal wires. The tonearm's ability is so well recognised, that it’s found on other successful turntable designs, including the award-winning Pro-Ject Xtension 9 SuperPack. The tonearm is terminated to a junction box, and a quality set of RCA interconnect cables are supplied in the box.

Henley Audio also offer a special cartridge bundle service so you can get a matching Pro-Ject or Ortofon Moving Coil cartridge for up-to 30% off (read our FAQ).

As with the whole RPM series, the RPM 5 Carbon utilises all its carefully selected elements to deliver a product that looks and sounds great. The sound performance is recognisably “Pro-Ject”, with toe-tapping rhythms and engaging detail throughout.

The RPM 5 Carbon is available in three high-gloss paint finishes – black, red or white - and is also supplied with a screw-on record clamp, for further improved performance.

Key Features:

  • Precision belt drive turntable with decoupled synchronous motor
  • PCB-controlled motor with highly precise speed stability
  • Inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball
  • Acoustically inert acrylic platter
  • Supplied with 9CC Evolution tonearm
  • Adjustable aluminium spiked feet
  • Available in three high-gloss base colours (black, red or white)
  • Dust cover available as optional extra

Technical Data

Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Platter: 300mm Acrylic
Main Bearing: Stainless Steel Axle with Ceramic Ball
Wow & Flutter: 33: ±0.12%
45: ±0.10%
Speed Drift: 33: ±0.17%
45: ±0.08%
Signal to Noise -73dB
Tonearm: 9CC Evolution
Effective Arm Length: 230 mm
Effective Arm Mass: 8g
Overhang: 18mm
Tracking Force: 0 - 25mN
Included Accessories: Record Clamp, RCA Cables
Power Supply: 15V DC / 800mA Power Supply
Power Consumption: 5W max. / < 0.3W (Standby)
Dimensions: 430 x 150 x 323 mm
Weight: 8.0kg (net)


This turntable isn't supplied with a cartridge, what should I do?

Many of our higher-end turntables do not come supplied with a pick-up cartridge. That's because  the ability of the turntable is such, that it's more likely you will want to pick exactly the right cartridge for your system. with the RPM 5 Carbon, we offer some special cartridge bundles, available exclusively through your local Pro-Ject stockist. Click here to find out more about our Cartridge Bundle & Fitting Service. Our current offers (correct as of 15/11/2019) are:

Pro-Ject Pick-IT DS2 MC: £425.00
Ortofon Cadenza Red: 30% off latest SRP
Ortofon Cadenza Blue: 30% off latest SRP
Ortofon Cadenza Bronze: 30% off latest SRP
Ortofon Cadenza Black: 30% off latest SRP 

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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