Hi-Fi News, August 2014
Score: 81%, 'Highly Commended'
Comments of Note:
“I was pleased to hear that the Xtension 9 Evolution Super Pack exhibits that certain indefinable sonic ‘rightness’ that generally characterises the upper reaches of the Pro-Ject range for me."
"The song starts with some quiet instrumental artefacts that stretch off into the soundstage on the left hand side and the Pro-Ject captured the scale and depth of these perfectly, sweeping the action dramatically and precisely from left to right when the full band began. I was also very pleased to hear Don Henley’s vocals large, solid and locked perfectly in between my loudspeakers." (Eagles’ Long Road Out Of Eden [Universal 060251749243 1])
"At the top end, no doubt aided by the highly capable Ortofon cartridge, the Pro-Ject managed to be detailed, smooth crisp and yet mellow all in one."
"As a result, Anita Baker’s vocals on ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’ from her Rapture album [Elektra 960444-1] were beautifully clear – a very pleasant surprise given the rather average quality of this mid-’80s pressing. Equally, the drum strikes backing her were taut and well defined, helping to render the whole performance as a tightly cohesive whole. Better still was the Pro-Ject’s fine sense of image stability that painted a vivid and expertly scaled sonic picture in my listening room."
"I found the Pro-Ject to be assured and smooth at the low end with fine levels of detail, no matter whether the instrument in question was acoustic or electronic."
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