RPM 9 Carbon

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

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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.

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).

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
  • Cartridge bundle program available (read our FAQ)

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)


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 9 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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