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Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Pro-Ject Audio Systems are widely recognised as one of the finest turntable manufacturers in the world. Their mission is simply to produce the best sounding stereo analogue components at the most competitive prices possible. The current series spans a wide range of price points, with a variety of products targeted to key demographics or to accommodate the modern listener’s unique requirements.
In 2016, Pro-Ject marked their 25th anniversary year with the release of a turntable that combined traditional styling with modern technology; showing their innate ability to keep turntables fresh and interesting at a time when popularity of the vinyl format was at a previously unprecedented level. The Classic proudly sits in the middle of a multi-award winning range of turntables that manage to combine sound performance with the latest technologies and unrivalled style at every level.
Pro-Ject are also obsessed with the importance of stereo playback systems. With modern audio systems often bringing speakers either very close together or into a single enclosure, the real impact and importance of true hi-fi stereo is being lost. That’s why everything Pro-Ject create is made with pure stereo applications in mind; bringing back the true emotional importance of music to audio enthusiasts around the world.
Based in Vienna, Austria, all Pro-Ject Audio Systems turntables are made by a highly skilled workforce with great skill, care and attention in their central-European factory.

Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon UKX Turntable
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The Pro-Ject 1 was the first turntable designed by Heinz Lichtenegger, founder of Pro-Ject Audio Systems, back in the early 1990s. Since then, the '1' has continued to appear in the range, going through a variety of forms, most notably as the popular 1 Xpression series. The latest version, and the finest example of the '1' ever produced is the 1 Xpression Carbon.

The 1 Xpression Carbon advances on the ability of its predecessors with some brand new features, some of which have never been seen before on a hi-fi turntable of this level. From the stunning finish to the audiophile technical specification, every element of this turntable has been meticulously designed to offer the best performance for the money. 

The 1 Xpression Carbon employs a specially-developed one-piece carbon fibre tonearm, which is mounted in a brand new heavy-weight assembly inspired by Pro-Ject's superior evolution tonearm. This over-sized support effectively isolates the tonearm from the plinth, and takes any minor resonances in the tonearm and dissipates them immediately - allowing only the original music signal to be sent to your amplifier. Mounted on the tonearm is the Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge; a special version of Ortofon's world-famous 2M Red cartridge, assembled with silver spools inside for optimal signal generation.

The 1 Xpression Carbon benefits from Pro-Ject's new AC motor design, with DC power supply. The DC power supply runs an AC generator, which is discretely built into the turntable plinth. The end result is a clean power signal for the motor, which results in superlative speed stability and reduced resonance. The motor is then isolated from the main plinth - to isolate it even further - by two Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) gromits, specially chosen for their ability to absorb vibrations.

The 1 Xpression Carbon X is different from the standard 1 Xpression Carbon, as it comes supplied as standard with the superior Acryl-IT acrylic platter. Acrylic is very common in high-end turntable designs, and provides an alternative cosmetic appearance and more audiophile sound performance. The 1 Xpression Carbon X can also be tailored to suit your sound preference, out of the box, as you have the option to either mount your record directly onto the acrylic, or you can use the supplied cork or felt mats.

The 1 Xpression Carbon X is available in a high-quality gloss Black finish, or in the stunning Bordeaux or Midnight Blue finishes.

  • Manual turntable with low-noise synchronous AC motor
  • Motor isolation gromits made from TPE
  • Sturdy MDF construction reduces resonance
  • Special feet isolate the turntable from its support
  • Acrylic platter supplied as standard
  • One-piece carbon fibre tonearm
  • Evolution-inspired tonearm assembly
  • Resonance-damping counterweight supplied
  • Pre-fitted with an Ortofon 2M Silver
  • Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
  • Dust Cover included
Pro-Ject Xpression Carbon UKX, What Hi-Fi?, January 2015

What Hi-Fi?, January 2015

Score: 5 Stars
Feature: 'First Tests Turntables'

“Clearly one of the class leaders. Nothing else at this price digs up as much detail or delivers it with such precision.”

Pro-Ject Xpression Carbon UKX, Hi-Fi Pig, April 2014

Hi-Fi Pig, April 2014

Reviewed By: Peter Stanton-Ife
Build Quality: 10/10
Sound Quality: 8.5/10
Value For Money: 10/10
Overall Score: 9.5/10, Recommended

Comments of Note:
"I’d simply suggest that anybody in the market for a turntable package in the sub-£1000 bracket should put the UKX on the audition shortlist. For the money being asked, I cannot think of a better source system – full stop."

Read the full review here

Pro-Ject Xpression Carbon, Hi-Fi World, February 2014

Hi-Fi World, February 2014

Reviewed By: Tony Bolton
Rating: 5/5 Globes

Comments of Note:
“Vocals were well projected in their presence, and seemed to integrate well with the spread of sound around them.”
“Some of the more up tempo tracks have quite a substantial bass beat and I was pleased to note that this seemed quite well controlled.”
“...the three performers spread across the soundstage, with the guitars to the left and right, topped by the harmonising vocals, with John Stewart’s lead placed dead centre. The placement of each one was very solid, with none of the vagueness in the imaging that can occur with some decks at this price point.”
“The guitar sounds were distinct, the different resonances of each being well defined.”
“At this price point it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish small details such as the differing tonality of two examples of the same instrument, but playing this record through this deck I had no problem”
“I think the cartridge showed excellent tracking abilities when faced with some horrendously complex waveforms, and managed to not only track well, but produce sounds that were musically intelligible.”
“This UK first pressing is in very good shape, and the spread of sound in front of me was beautifully clear, full of energy and with a sense of space in both the presentation of the music and the grouping of the musicians in the mono sourced image in front of me.”
“a nicely finished and rather smart looking turntable that feels solid to handle, with positive feeling actions to the controls.”
“AGAINST: Nothing at this price”

Pro-Ject Xpression Carbon, Hi-Fi Choice, January 2014

Hi-Fi Choice, January 2014

Sound Quality: 5 Stars
Value For Money: 5 Stars
Build Quality: 4 Stars
Features: 4.5 Stars
Overall Score: 4.5 Stars

Comments of Note:
“Starting off with Vivaldi’s Concerti Op. 6 performed by I Musici on Philips 9500 438, I find the 1 Xpression incredibly easy to listen to. The performance is rounded and crisp and the allegros are buoyant and sprightly.”
[Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana performed by the London Symphony Orchestra] “I am impressed that, even when the orchestra and chorus are letting rip in the first movement, the tinkling of the triangle is clearly heard in the background.”
“Clearly, the cartridge and tonearm are working in perfect harmony as there’s no trace of anything being masked.”
“the sound is well controlled and very musical. At this price point, Pro-Ject has a real winner on its hands.”
“great-value turntable that delivers super sound quality.”

Pro-Ject Xpression Carbon, Hi-Fi News, February 2014

Hi-Fi News, February 2014

Score: 81%, 'Outstanding Product'

Comments of Note:
“Don’t be fooled by this package’s modest price. This is a surprisingly capable little record player that is highly enjoyable to listen to, even in a revealing system, thanks to its fine speed stability and highly communicative music making.”
“the deck delivering a creditably stable and powerful sound even when tasked with tracking challenging cuts.”
“Bass notes stopped and started with more precision, revealing more of the tonal texture of bass instruments and providing better differentiation between low bass guitar notes and kick-drums.”
“With really dynamic LPs, such as Sheffield Lab’s old direct-cuts, the little 1 Xpression Carbon sounded vivid, open and impressively ‘stable’.”
“The treble was brightly lit, but with no sign of brittleness or unnatural sheen.”
“Particularly impressive was the crisp and lifelike quality of the drum kit that was both explosive and delicate where appropriate, the cymbals possessed of lifelike splash and ‘ring’.”
“Pro-Ject’s motor unit is quiet and provides a stable drive and the excellent tonearm is satisfying to use, its lift/lower device operating smoothly.”
“Good hi-fi doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. The 1 Xpression Carbon is a cracking little package for the money.”

Replacement Stylus:  Ortofon 2M Silver Stylus
Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Silver
Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM
Speed & Variance:  33: 0.2%
45: 0.18% 
Wow & Flutter:  33: 0.14%
45: 0.13% 
Platter:  300mm Acrylic
Main Bearing:  Stainless Steel
(Bronze Bushing with Teflon bottom)
Effective Arm Length:  218.5mm 
Overhang:  22.0mm 
Effective Tonearm Mass:  8.0g 
Tracking Force Range:  0 - 30mN
Power Supply: 15V DC
Power Consumption:  4.0W 
Included Accessories: Dust Cover, Felt Mat, Cork Mat, RCA Cables
Dimensions:  415 x 130 x 335mm 
Weight:  5.5kg (net)
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