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Pro-Ject Acryl-it

Acrylic turntable platter

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$129.99

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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.

Love the look and sound!

Kathleen, Santa Cruz, CA

What's in the Box:

  • Acrylic turntable platter

Product 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
Reviews

Pro-Ject Acryl-it Reviews

Average Customer Review:

18 Reviews

Noticeable improvement

James-C from Atlantic City, NJ on 9/1/2015

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This platter reduces the static on most of my records and lends them a deeper sound. Most noticbly it made it easier to distinguish instrument on my poorer quality pressings and provided a palpable range of volume on my better quality stuff. It is also exceptionally good looking. It is a bit expensive, but I am very happy with the value this added to my system.

Pros: Less static; deeper, fuller sound; sexy

Cons: Price?

Nice addition to the Debut Carbon

bradleymon from California on 6/9/2015

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This is a very nice addition to my Pro Ject Debut Carbon. The platter is very solid, and does not have the resonance that the standard metal plate had. It seems to make the sound less hollow...which is very evident in quieter portions of songs. Plus, it looks great. Only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that it does not reduce static build up as advertised. I feel that the carbon fiber mat did a much better job of this. The build up isn't a deal breaker, just a bit annoying.

Pros: Solid construction Sound improvements Great looks

Cons: Static build up

Not Sure It's an Upgrade

Rolls from Kansas on 2/8/2015

I've had a similar experience to the other three star review, in that this platter doesn't seem to improve sound quality on heavy weight vinyl. I'm using this platter on a ProJect Debut Carbon with a SpeedBox S. The main reason I bought this platter was to reduce the terrible static I was experiencing, even with brand new albums that I keep in MoFi sleeves, following a cleaning on my Spin Clean. I even have a humidifier to keep my room at approximately 50% humidity. I had read that this platter greatly reduces static. This is NOT true!!! I wish I could say it reduced the static, even by a slight amount, however it does not. I know a lot about turntables and have refurbished my share of turntables in just the last year. My ProJect setup has been the worst with static, and no, I'm not confusing static with distortion. It does look cool, but it's also lighter than the original platter which equals less mass....In the world of vinyl, a lighter platter usually means inferior sound. I realize that acrylic is naturally going to be lighter than steel, but I think ProJect should have engineered some sort of ballast into the platter, such as a thin outer ring of lead or brass. Regardless, this platter is more of a novelty, than a real improvement. One is better off just replacing the original, lame felt mat with a thin cork or carbon fiber mat.

Pros: Looks cool.

Cons: Overpriced. Does NOT reduce static. Lighter than the original platter.

Awesome Pro-Ject Acryl-it

Kathleen from Santa Cruz, CA on 1/11/2015

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Love the look and sound!

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Anonymous from Melrose, NY on 12/13/2014

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Excellent product in quality , looks and silencing performance.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Can't find any

Great upgrade

Steven from Highspire, PA on 11/28/2014

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An inexpensive way to improve sound quality on Pro-ject turntable. Looks great too!

Pros: Definitely loss of any static!

Cons: Zereo

A Game Changer

BillB from Tampa Bay on 10/28/2014

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All my vinyl had been sounding decent. I had just ordered Cosmos Factory by CCR and put it on my Pro-Ject Debut III and it sounded horrible, all muddy and mush. I figured it might be time to give up on vinyl if all I was going to achieve was a decent to bad sound. Like you I've read all the reviews on this product and decided to take one shot at a remedy. WOW what a change, when Ramble Tamble started on CF there was a night and day difference. The bass was so tight I could hear when Stu Cook was holding a bass note and when he wasn't. The sound stage expanded and the separation between instruments was phenomenal. The records in my collection that I thought sounded good sound even better now. How an acrylic platter can change the sound this much I'll never know, I just figured if Pro-Ject puts this platter on it's higher line turntables there must be a reason......well there is......better fidelity. Getting rid of the stock metal platter with the felt mat was the best thing I could have done.....no more upgrades needed. I have been listening to so much vinyl I put on a CD the other night and it sounded awful, hollow with very little sound stage...I'm so glad I can now enjoy again what vinyl brings to music.

Pros: Better fidelity all around

Cons: Zero

Pro-Ject Acryl-It Delivers

Winterfell1 from Mississippi Delta on 9/17/2014

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The Pro-Ject Acryl-it turntable platter is a substantial improvement over the stock steel platter that came with my Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable. It is very heavy, translucent and it just looks great. I must admit that I bought it partially for the look. However, I immediately noticed the additional depth, warmth, and clarity it added to my vintage vinyl collection. The only potential downside is the price. Even so, I am glad I bought it.

Pros: Good looks, sound, stability

Cons: Price

Match made in heaven

C from Houston on 8/9/2014

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Not only does this look excellent on my blue turntable but the sound is excellent. Deep bass like I've never heard before.

Pros: Low cost upgrade. Looks great sounds great

Cons: Without a good set of speakers you may not hear the deep bass.

Very Nice Upgrade

Steven M from Lake Zurich, IL on 6/18/2014

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To be honest, I bought this because it's just cool looking and I thought it would enhance the esthetics of my Music Hall 5.1 table (DynaVector 10X5 cartridge). I was immediately blown away by the improvement in sound - higher highs and lower lows to start but what really surprised me was how much quieter the ambient sound was (zero static may have something to do with that). It just faded away. A remarkable and relatively inexpensive upgrade - and it IS cool looking btw.

Pros: Really does improve the sound No more static

Cons: None

Great Product

Jimmy from Sunbury, Ohio on 3/2/2014

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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.

Good upgrade

Bill H from NJ on 2/11/2014

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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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CraigC from Virginia Beach, VA on 12/30/2013

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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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Zpanz from Orlando, FL on 8/8/2013

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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

Cons:

looks great on my blue debut carbon

Biig dave from Buffalo,New York on 8/4/2013

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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

The next logical step

James from Ohio on 3/21/2013

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.

Glad I bought it...

AudioPaul from Wisconsin on 10/28/2012

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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.

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

JB in KC from Around Kansas City on 8/27/2012

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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!)

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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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I was skeptical, but the good reviews and advice from the adviser compelled me to take the plunge. [ Kyle  May 02, 2016 ]
My vinyl suffer from static overload. This platter is one phase of the solution. It has made a significant difference. Thank you Crutchfield! [ Emil  Mar 26, 2016 ]
Good reviews, don't want to have to make new digital backups because of a better sounding turntable later. [ Michael C.  Jan 20, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I don't see why not but to be on safe side check with pro ject dealer or get their customer service number it's better to be safe than sorry Bob [ bc2500  Jul 23, 2016 ]
Yes. You should be able to just lift the metal platter straight off your turntable and replace it with the acrylic platter. [ Larry  Jul 23, 2016 ]
You shouldn't have to remove the pin at all. Just lift off the metal platter, and replace it with the acrylic. It slides right over the pin. [ Suzanne  Nov 08, 2014 ]
Thanks for the replies. When I say pin I mean the little pin at the center of the platter that goes into the hole in a record. It seems to be pretty firmly set in the stock platter when I take it off the turntable. I guess I just need to push harder to get it out? [ Paul  Nov 07, 2014 ]
What pin? Are you talking about the spindle? There is nothing holding the platter down, you just pick it straight up to remove. Also, if you buy this platter, buy a record clamp. [ parek  Nov 07, 2014 ]
You shouldn't need to remove the pin from the stock platter. The pin is attached to a spindle under the platter. The platter replacement takes all of 2 seconds and doesn't require removal of anything but the old platter. Also, it works great. [ DAYLIN  Nov 07, 2014 ]
The pin is attached to the turntable and it stays attached. You just have to remove the stock metal platter and slide the new Acryl-it platter over the pin. [ STEPHEN  Nov 07, 2014 ]
I am not sure what ProJect turntable you have that would require you to remove the pin to change the platter. The original platter simply lifts straight up an off, and replaced by the acrylic platter, which by the way is way awesome looking. [ Gary  Nov 07, 2014 ]
The platter should just lift straight up and off the pin and the pin stays put. as this is how you change the speed of the TT, unless your model is different! [ DARRYL  Nov 07, 2014 ]
Not sure what pin you're talking about. I have the Debut Carbon and all you have to do is lift off the steel platter and replace with the acrylic platter. It's super easy. No pin removal involved. [ STEPHEN  Nov 07, 2014 ]

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