RPM 3 Carbon

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Reviews

Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon, Hi-Fi Pig, November 2015

Hi-Fi Pig, November 2015

Reviewed By: Ian Ringstead
Construction: 8.6/10s
Sound Quality: 8.6/10
Value For Money: 8.6/10
Overall Score: 8.6/10, Recommended

Comments of Note:
"Sound-wise the RPM3 ticks all the right boxes for me. Bass is solid and well controlled and with good midrange detail and a clear treble."

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Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon, Hi-Fi News, September 2015

Hi-Fi News, September 2015

Reviewed By: Andrew Simpson
Score 85%

Comments of Note:
(Artist: Ron Sexsmith / Track: My, myself and wine / Album: Forever Endeavour) - “I’m greeted with music that’s a well balanced blend of mature detail and plain fun.”
“Sexsmith’s vocals are nicely opened up to reveal their intentionally relaxed tones, while each shake of the tambourines is presented with a natural ring and decay.”
“What also hit me early on about the Pro-Ject’s performance were the impressively low levels of background noise. Cueing up a 1984 pressing of Foreigner’s Agent Provocateur that’s seen plenty of action, I’m expecting to hear two decades’ worth of use within each ‘silent’ groove separating the tracks. But with the Pro-Ject and partnering Ortofon calling the shots I’m hard pressed to tell this vintage edition from a new LP straight out of its shrink-wrap.”
“What also comes across is a real sense of cohesion, suggesting arm and cartridge pulling together, working in harmony.”
“…you get a very even delivery of the music, making it all more involving to listen to – and harder to analyse – as you’re drawn in, enjoying the music.”
(on the 2M cartridges) “Compared to the cheaper Red variant, the Silver sounds much more detailed in its bass delivery and with some added weight.”
“Pro-Ject’s RPM 3 Carbon conveys enough body and presence to ensure bass instruments sound convincing and lifelike.”
“…delivering a performance that lives and breathes in a surprisingly persuasive manner!”
“what really marks it out from the crowd is its sheer ‘completeness’, delivering a sound that hugely exceeds the sum of its modest parts.”

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Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon, Hi-Fi World, August 2015

Hi-Fi World, August 2015

Rating: 5/5 Globes
OUTSTANDING - Amongst the Best
Value - Keenly Priced

Comments of Note:
“Assembly was a breeze”
[‘Jazz from Hell’ by Frank Zappa] “With a complicated piece such as this, you need a deck that can handle the complexities and diversity with dexterity and steady timing simultaneously. Without this the information is misconstrued and interpreted as a mush of noises. Played right, this composition is a masterpiece – and to my surprise the Pro-Ject handled it very well indeed.”
[‘Hey uh-what you say come on’ by Roy Ayres] “Both instruments had their own space and again the deck’s speed stability really embraced the album…”
“…the Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon exhibited impressive control. I would imagine there are not many decks able to compete at this level and price point.”
[‘Face Value’ by Phil Colins] “all percussion instruments portrayed by the RPM 2 played with a more-than-acceptable amount of realism, due to the strength, stiffness and damping of its carbon fibre tone arm.”
[‘Babylon By Bus’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers] “Bob Marley’s voice delivered total emotion and bass from the Pro-Ject was gracefully heavy, conveying the ambience of the concert plus the warts and all live recording.”
“It’s simply a great turntable…”
“…build quality was excellent – as expected from Pro-Ject.”
“Anyone looking for an inexpensive but good-all-round turntable with plenty of latitude for upgrade cartridge-wise should put it right at the top of their list.”
“This turntable gave a sonically even-handed representation of any genre of music.”
“…the RPM 3 Carbon offers great value and is something of a bargain. I loved it!”
“FOR: Price, Good bass, Realism”



Awards

Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon, Reddot Awards 2016

Reddot 2016 Awards

Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon, EISA Award 2015

EISA Awards, 2015

European Turntable 2015-2016

Comments of Note:
"Benefiting from trickle-down technology developed for its costlier RPM-series turntables, this new deck features a host of engineering innovations to boost its sound. The V-shaped chassis and dynamically-balanced platter are both fashioned from MDF, the latter with a mat made from recycled LP vinyl, while the outboard 15V AC motor is driven by a compact synthesised power supply. The new 10in S-shaped tonearm is a key feature, comprising a damped alloy tube surrounded by a resin and carbon-fibre mix. This, in turn, carries a a custom silver-wired version of Ortofon's classic 2M moving-magnet cartridge, the final ingredient in what is a deeply impressive deck offering a remarkably stable and foot-tapping sound."