RPM 9 Carbon

£1750.00
  • Visually striking high-end turntable
  • High-mass carbon fibre plinth
  • Pre-installed 9CC Evolution tonearm

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RPM Line

After an extensive period of research, development and testing the RPM 9 Carbon is now available as an alternative high-end turntable offering. Based on the same “teardrop” chassis as its predecessor, the RPM 9.2 Evolution, but boasting similar improvements to the flagship RPM 10 Carbon, the RPM 9 Carbon is a worthy consideration for any high-end analogue system.

The stylish plinth design has been chosen due to its improved resonance characteristics. The CNC-machined MDF structure is packed with resin-coated steel pellets to form a high-mass sandwich construction that provides a firm base for the turntable. The whole plinth is then put through a complex heat treatment process and coated in a carbon fibre surface to reduce resonance levels as low as possible. The main turntable structure is then effectively decoupled from its support thanks to the plinth’s magnetic feet.

The RPM 9 Carbon boasts a new 7.2kg polished aluminium platter, inspired by the award-winning Xtension 9 SuperPack record player. The platter is internally lined with Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) damping material and topped with vinyl. The whole platter sits on top of a high-quality inverted ceramic main bearing for a completely stable turntable speed with extra-low rumble.

As with all models in the RPM Carbon series, the RPM 9 Carbon uses a perimeter belt drive mechanism. The premium motor has an automatic speed change switch built into the top panel for easy changing between 33 and 45rpm. The motor also benefits from a built-in AC power generator PCB, to deliver a clean mains supply to the motor. The motor is completely decoupled from the main chassis and sits on top of a custom-designed steel base for improved stability.

The RPM 9 Carbon is supplied with the hugely popular 9CC Evolution Tonearm pre-installed. The 9” tonearm boasts a conical carbon fibre tube and inverted bearing design that allows for perfect tracking, even with demanding pick-up cartridges. For improved signal transmission, the tonearm is supplied with a 5-Pin to RCA Connect-IT CC cable.

The RPM 9 Carbon is finished with a heavy-weight record puck, completing a true high-end package that delivers a lively, engaging, musical performance.

Key Features:

  • Premium 'teardrop' turntable design
  • Advanced sandwich construction of plinth made from MDF, carbon fibre and steel pellets 
  • Mass-loaded subchassis design with magnetic feet 
  • Inverted main bearing with ceramic ball
  • 7.2kg acoustically inert aluminium platter with TPE damping and vinyl mat
  • Precise DC driven AC generator (Speed Box) built-in to motor
  • Electronic speed control with easy switching between 33 and 45RPM 
  • Outboard motor construction with massive steel base 
  • Pre-mounted 9CC Evolution tonearm

Technical Data

Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM
Motor: Decoupled Tower Design
Speed Drift: ±0.10%
Wow & Flutter: ±0.10%
Signal to Noise: -75dB
Platter: 300mm Sandwich-Type (7.2kg)
Tonearm: 9CC Evolution
Effective Tonearm Length: 9" (230mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8g
Overhang: 18mm
Tracking Force: 10 - 35mN
Output Voltage: 15V / 800mA DC
Power Consumption: 13W Max. / <0.3W Standby
Dimensions: 440 x 180 x 325mm
Weight: 16.7kg (net)

FAQ

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. If you would like advice on which cartridge is for you from our catalogue, please feel free to contact us or speak with your local dealer.

With the RPM 9 Carbon, we offer some special cartridge bundles. Click the 'Options' drop-down above to see what we currently offer, and find out more about these cartridges models in our Product Catalogue.


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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