Pro-Ject developed the RPM 10 turntable over ten years ago. It has been significantly upgraded over the years. Currently, the Austrian manufacturer has developed a high-end version of the RPM range: the RPM 10 Carbon!
Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon: plinth and platter
The chassis is shaped like a drop, the signature of this line. It is machined in a block of MDF that features cavities that accommodate resin-coated steel ball bearings. This agglomerate forms a heavy sandwich that is completely insensitive to vibration and resonance! Surface resonance has been removed by the addition of a carbon plating. It is created by a complex and very precise heat process.
The plinth is isolated by polished aluminium feet, damped with a high density TPE ring (that helps to withstand the weight of the turntable).
The platter of the RPM 10 Carbon is very similar to that of Pro-Ject's Signature 10 turntable. It is made out of a beautiful block of polished aluminium of over 10 kg, with internal damping via a TPE ring. A coat of compressed vinyl on the surface replaces the platter mat.
The platter sits on an inverted spindle with a ceramic ball bearing. The weight is supported and damped by a repulsive magnet at the base of the bearing.
Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon: motor and drive
The isolated motor has a high-precision controller. It features a playback speed selector (33 and 45 RPM). It is powered by a DC current. A special circuit generates a stable and clean alternating current, completely independent from voltage fluctuations.
A silicone belt surrounding the platter drives the system.
Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon: tonearm and phono cartridge
This great piece of work is associated with the magnificent 10-inch tonearm: the 10 CC Evo in the latest variant. It is fitted as standard with the great Connect It 5P CC phono cable. It can be fitted with XLR upon request.
The tonearm deserves to be paired with the best MC cartridge! Naturally, you can use an MM cartridge, and at least Ortofon's 2M Black cartridge. We paired it with Ortofon's Cadenza Blue and a Kiseki's Blue NS cartridge. The blue finish really makes a difference!
The RPM 10 Carbon turntable's neutrality ideally showcases the qualities and tonal balance of the cartridge.
Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon: setting up
Operation is quite simple, and once it is set up on its Ground It Carbon base, we can certify that this product will blow your mind!
The build quality, adjustment and finish are benchmarks. We are looking at a premium product.
Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon: listening and review
The dynamics of this Pro-Ject vinyl turntable are amazing, especially for the bass and articulation, with unparalleled depth.
It has the weight and precision of certain top-of-the-line German rigid turntables. However, the tonal balance does not emphasise on the upper registers. Quite the opposite, though the definition and transparency are great, the sound quality has never been overbright and harsh.
The soundstage is very authentic and precise. The players are soundly in place, the soloists in particular are perfectly located between the loudspeakers.
The noise level is certainly one of the lowest in the range, almost falling to zero! We never experienced any wow or oscillation.
This new Pro-Ject RPM 10 CARBON turntable is in direct lineage with the great RPM 10.1 Evolution. However, it beats its ancestor on all accounts. Ultimately, it is a lot superior to it. It is also great value for money, even making it Pro-Ject's best buy!
Our top pick!
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Turntable: Rigid, heavy MDF plinth covered with carbon fibre
Feet: TPE-damped aluminium
Drive principle: Belt drive
Bearing: Stainless steel inverted bearing with ceramic ball
Tonearm: 10cc Evolution is crafted in a single carbon piece
Effective weight: 8.5 g
Effective length: 254 mm
Cartridge compatibility: 5-14 g
Recommended tracking force: Between 1 g and 3.5 g
Counterweight: x 4, for 5-14 g cartridges
Speed stability: +/-0.01 %
Signal-to-noise ratio: -75 dB
Speed variation: Electronic (via built-in Speed box generator)
Speed: 33/45 rpm
Platter: 10.5 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 (XLR on request)
Record clamp: Record Puck
Active consumption: 15 w max.
Standby consumption: 0.3 w
Power supply: DC outboard
Dimensions: 480 x 210 x 330 mm
Turntable weight: 22 kg
Total weight with Ground It base: 36.5 kg
OPTION: Pro-Ject Cover It 1 dustcover
Rigid base damped with the addition of granules
Feet: 4 x feet decoupled by magnetic repulsion
Dimensions: 500 x 70 x 400 mm
Weight: 14.5 kg