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Pro-Ject Acryl-it

Acrylic turntable platter

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by Dave Bar
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Give your Pro-Ject turntable even better sound and looks

Here's some easy upgrade advice for all you Pro-Ject Debut III, Debut Carbon, or 1-Xpression Carbon turntable owners — simply swap out your 'table's stock metal platter with the Acryl-it, and savor the difference. This precision-machined acrylic platter reduces distracting resonance and lowers your turntable's noise floor for clearer, more dynamic sound. You'll hear tighter, punchier bass, greater midrange detail, and better spatial definition from your treasured vinyl collection. Plus with no need for a felt mat to cover it up, adding the Acryl-it will make your turntable look every bit as good as it sounds.

Highlights:

  • acrylic platter upgrade for select Pro-Ject turntables, including Debut III, Debut III USB, Debut Carbon, and 1-Xpression Carbon
  • reduces resonance and noise floor compared to stock steel platter
  • non-magnetic acrylic material allows use of moving-coil cartridges
  • no mat required, albums are placed directly on platter surface
  • attractive sandblasted finish
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features

Compatibility: This Pro-Ject Acrylic platter replaces the metal platter of your Pro-Ject Debut or Xpression turntable. Unlike metal platters, where you will need to place a felt mat between your record and the platter to dampen metal resonance, you can put your record directly on the acrylic platter's surface, with nothing in between. The Acrylic platter will improve overall performance significantly.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Jimmy, Sunbury, Ohio on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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I immediately noticed an improvement in sound. It's not going to blow you away, but it added some punch to the bass, and the highs seem more crisp. Static is no longer and issue and its great to get rid of that felt slipmat! Very solid product.
Pros:
Added clarity to sound.
Cons:
No cons.
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4 out of 5

Good upgrade

Written By Bill H, NJ on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Good substitution for the stock cork mat on the Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Classic. Better, tighter bass. Lower mass also works well when playing 78s with the optional pulley.
Pros:
Low mass
Cons:
High price
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5 out of 5

Pro-Ject Acryl-it Platter

Written By CraigC, Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, December 30, 2013
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I'm thrilled with this upgrade. Increased detail, more defined bass, and it looks fantastic on the turntable. I had really bad static and since installing it has decreased 10 fold. Highly recommended!
Pros:
Installation was easy. Less static. looks great
Cons:
a little pricey
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5 out of 5

Pro-Ject Acryl-it

Written By Zpanz, Orlando, FL on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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I'm having a pleasant experience with this platter so far. It's useful because you no longer need a mat, which is great for not having static, and as much dust getting on your vinyls.
Pros:
Less static Looks nice No mat
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3 out of 5

looks great on my blue debut carbon

Written By Biig dave, Buffalo,New York on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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installing the platter was a snap, looks great on my blue debut carbon. i play the turntable threw a j 33 radial preamp connected to a sound board saying that i cant tell much differance between the metal platter and the aqrilic one. at least i have a nice looking platter
Pros:
looks great on my turntable
Cons:
cannot tell much differance in sound quality
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4 out of 5

The next logical step

Written By James, Ohio on Thursday, March 21, 2013
 
I bought this for my Debut Carbon, which I found made the bass tighter and music much livlier. With that said, the first upgrade I would recommend for the table would be the SpeedBox. If you already have that, then I would get this as the next upgrade. This looks fantastic on my red turntable and I like the idea of being able to use MC carts in the future. Not having to use the cheapy felt platter mat is also an enormous plus!
Pros:
Better bass, snappier response, ability to use MC carts, looks awesome, no use for the chintzy felt mat anymore...
Cons:
Expensive for a piece of plastic.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Glad I bought it...

Written By AudioPaul, Wisconsin on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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I would not claim that this platter replacement is the best thing you can buy for your system, but I would agree that the bass is tighter and more focused. The additional benefit of being able to use moving coil cartridges on turntables with the steel platter such as the Pro-Ject Debut III is also worth considering. This Acrylic platter is quite a bit lighter than the steel platter I had on my turntable. All in all a good investment, but to the obvious improvements first (like upgrading your cartridge). Happy listening!
Pros:
Tighter/more focused bass. Nice look. No more clingy felt mat.
Cons:
A bit lighter than I was expecting, but nothing bad about this platter.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Great Product - But You Will Need To Tweek . . .

Written By JB in KC, Around Kansas City on Monday, August 27, 2012
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My setup is a HK 2650, MMF 2.2 Turntable and B&W Nautilus 805's - all tone control turned off on the HK and ONLY front stage (805's) for Turntable play.

I was expecting a significant positive difference when I installed this acrylic platter - I figured I would get the best results from my 180g albums, but to my surprise, this platter totally deadened the sound from any audiophile quality album that I played on it. I am not one to use the HK tone control filters, but I played with those a bit to see if I could get the sound stage back to where it was with the metal platter that I had replaced. No luck. My wife walked in and made comment how flat the music was and how it didn't fill the room like it had the previously. She used the perfect word to describe it; "muddy." At this point I was totally unimpressed with the platter and was ready to send it back . . .

Then I pulled out Led Zeppelin II (regular 120g) just to see what it would sound like. The difference between the metal platter and the acrylic platter hit me in the face. The sound quality of this 40 plus year old album EXPLODED. Significantly reduced popping/cracking, crisper base, stronger staging, Bonham's percussion was fuller and brighter than I have ever heard.

For me, it made my older albums sound 200% better - For higher quality, newer albums it destroyed their sonic quality. Be prepared to do some tweaking on your system if you are to use this as a full-time, all-round platter.
Pros:
- Makes old vinyl sound amazing - Reduces popping and cracking; enhances sonic quality of older vinyl - Does not need a turntable mat - Makes your turntable look awesome!
Cons:
- On my system, this platter made my audiophile and higher quality vinyl sound dead and muddy - Platter was a lighter than my previous metal platter (Music Hall MMF 2.2); so without any type of speed control the platter allowed the turntable to spin faster (increase in pitch) - On my system, I can't use this as an all-purpose platter - have to switch out platter to get best sound from my system (but to get the increased quality of sound from my older vinyl, it's worth it!)
7 out of 13 people found this helpful
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