After several years of well-deserved success, Pro-Ject's RPM 9 EVO turntable has been replaced. Its successor was marketed after several months of research and development by the engineering and design department of Austrian manufacturer Pro-Ject.
At first, you may think that this new turntable, the RPM9 Carbon, looks the same... Wrong! All the component parts of the RPM 9 have been changed or modified!
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon : Tonearm and phono cable
Pro-Ject's 9cc Evo tonearm is now fitted with a 5-pin connector at the base. It is compatible with most phono cables on the market.
It is fitted as standard with the great Pro-Ject Connect It 5P CC phono cable.
The quality of this tonearm makes it compatible with many MM cartridges and naturally with MC cartridges.
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon : Plinth and platter
The chassis of the turntable is very heavy and bulky (8.5 kg). To heighten its rigidity and reduce resonance, it is coated with carbon fibre. In addition to being efficient, we cannot deny that carbon makes for great finishing and delivers a high tech design!
The plinth is damped with steel bearings in strategically placed cavities.
The chassis is isolated from the surface using magnetic suspension feet.
To increase the weight and inertia, the original acrylic platter was replaced with a solid polished aluminium platter with a weight of 7.2 Kg!!! It has internal damping and a compressed vinyl coat on the surface.
The bearing is inverted and uses a ceramic ball bearing. It provides perfect rotation without any rotation noise.
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon : Motor and drive
The system is driven by a synchronous motor that sits on a heavy and inert base.
It is associated with a frequency controller to keep the speed even and is therefore independent from the mains voltage and frequency. It features a switch to select playback speed (33 and 45 RPM).
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon : Listening and test review
We paired it with a benchmark MM cartridge and a great MC cartridge to assess its balance, character and capabilities.
Pro-Ject's RPM 9 Carbon turntable caught our attention from the opening bars because of its precise and perfectly placed soundstage.
The instrument placement is perfect and clear!
You will also notice that there is a lot of space and air between the players and the instruments. The dynamics are impressive. The percussions are powerful! The music is smooth, precise and very detailed.
The quality of the bass, precise and well articulated, is also to be emphasised. There are no signs of colouration or trailing to be seen. The top of the spectrum is fine-cut and precise. The distortion is weak, with no harshness or hardness.
The choice of this Hi-Fi cartridge will easily take the turntable to new physical and melodic heights
It makes for a perfectly balanced sound. As a result, playback is neutral and very versatile, yet vibrant and with swing. It can play any type of music without causing auditory fatigue.
With this RPM9 Carbon turntable, Pro-Ject consolidates its expertise and offers a turntable with great value for money. We could even say that for that price and service level, there is very little competition.
Turntable: Rigid, heavy MDF plinth covered with carbon fibre
Feet: adjustable magnetic repulsion
Drive: Belt drive
Bearing: Stainless steel inverted bearing with ceramic ball
Tonearm: 9cc Evolution is crafted in a single carbon piece
Effective weight: 8.0 g
Cartridge compatibility: 5-14 g
Recommended tracking force: 1 g-3.5 g
Speed stability: +/-0.1%
Signal-to-noise ratio: -75 dB
Speed variation: Electronic (via built-in Speed box generator)
Speed: 33/45 rpm (78 optional)
Platter: 7.2 kg aluminium with vinyl compression surface.
Platter diameter: 30 cm
Motor: Synchronous 16 V, separate and independent from the turntable
Phono cable: Connect It CC 5P
Record clamp: Record Puck
Active consumption: 13 w
Standby consumption: 0.3 w
Power supply: DC outboard
Dimensions: 440 x 180 x 325 mm
Weight: 16.7 kg