This Pro-Ject upgrade kit is designed for Pro-Ject vinyl turntables with a suspended motor, and more specifically for the following models: DEBUT, 1, 2 and 3, P1, P2, X-pression, RPM3, 4, and 5, Anniversary, ART-1…
Pro-Ject upgrade kit: composition
It includes two black screws, two TPE vibration isolation bushings, a new perfectly adjusted aluminium pinion and a black silicone cylindrical belt.
It is quite simple to set up, the most difficult part is to remove the OEM pulley. A screwdriver is required for this. The one that comes with some cartridges will do the trick.
Pro-Ject upgrade kit: operating
You probably wonder how these simple parts can improve the sound of your vinyl turntable?! Actually, the OEM suspended motor generates a lot of vibrations and oscillations partly stemming from voltage fluctuations. Although they are mostly minimised with the use of a Speed Box, they can still be quite significant.
Our readings showed us that they primarily appear at 50 and 100 Hz. Many harmonies stem from these fundamental frequencies, actually placing these problems between 32 Hz and 64 Hz and 80 Hz and 120 Hz. They fall within the audible spectrum and are transmitted to the cartridge via the belt and platter.
Pro-Ject's solution is quite simple: the two bushings mechanically and acoustically isolate the turntable motor and the new pinion - adjusted to the new round belt - minimises noise and oscillations from the platter and hence the cartridge.
Pro-Ject upgrade kit: listening and review
The result on playback is in line with our readings: The sound is clearer and more textured.
The blur on the cellos has completely vanished and the tempo is a lot more vibrant.
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The pack contains:
- 2 black screws
- 2 TPE vibration isolation bushings
- 1 aluminium pinion
- 1 black silicone cylindrical belt