Overview: The Pro-Ject Xpression III is a manual belt-driven turntable
with a fitted MM-cartridge (Sumiko Oyster). Employing machined cone feet, a
low-noise motor with precision flat-ground belt driving a new precision machined
acrylic platter, the table operates in virtual silence. A carbon-fiber tone-arm
tube with integrated aluminum headshell is pre-mounted with a Sumiko Oyster
cartridge. Additionally, the tone-arm features an inverted thrust bearing with
two hardened stainless steel points resting in sapphire thrust pads to maximize
the Oyster's performance. Furthermore, the tone-arm provides for easy adjustment
of the stylus rake angle (VTA), azimuth, and tangency to greatly optimize analog
playback performance and cartridge flexibility.
Belt Driven: A quiet running AC motor with a two-step pulley
drives the hub and platter via a flat-ground belt. The Xpression III supports
33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds.
Note: The optional Pro-Ject Speed Box II (252SBIIB, sold
separately) can be connected to the turntable to change speeds
electronically between 33-1/3 and 45 rpm.
Acrylic Platter: The Xpression III turntable features a 12" acrylic platter (4.8lb/2.2kg). The
platter's low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a polished
ball bearing in a brass bearing housing.
MDF Plinth: The medium density fiber (MDF) plinth stands on
height-adjustable rubber-damped aluminum cone feet.
Note: The turntable should be positioned on a low-resonance
surface such as wood or multiple layer ply-board to avoid structural
vibrations disturbing replay.
Decoupled Motor: The motor is decoupled from the plinth to reduce
RCA Connection with Grounding Screw: Connection to the phono input of
your amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your choice through the
turntable's gold-plated stereo RCA phono jacks and grounding screw.
Note: The Pro-Ject turntable comes supplied with a 47" stereo RCA
cable with ground wire.
8.6" Carbon Tone-arm: The Xpression III features a 8.6"
carbon tone-arm with an integrated aluminum headshell. The conical-shaped
carbon-fiber arm-tube avoids standing wave reflections. The tone-arm's inverted
bearings consist of four hardened stainless steel points. Its solid arm-base
permits accurate height adjustment of the arm-tube and VTA (vertical tracing
Integrated Aluminum Headshell: The tone-arm features a low mass
aluminum headshell securely glued to the arm-tube. The Single-screw fixing of
the arm-tube allows rotation for easy adjustment of the needle azimuth
despite the fixed headshell.
MM-Cartridge: The turntable is supplied with a Sumiko
Oyster MM-cartridge. This moving magnet phono
cartridge features an alloy cantilever, bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0 mV
Note: If your amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MM input,
you will need a separate phono pre-amplifier (252PBIIB, sold separately)
to connect the turntable to your amplifier.
Damped Arm-lift: Silicone-damped arm-lift can be adjusted to suit
working height of the arm.
Counterweight: The tone-arm's flexible counterweight shaft
avoids vibration at undesirable frequencies. The counterweight reduces
cantilever forces and dynamic wow when playing warped records. The counterweight
is suitable for cartridges weighing between 0.25-0.42 oz (7-12g).
Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject Xpression III comes supplied with a dust
cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.
Internal Wiring: The turntable's internal wiring consists of
flexible high-purity copper from the headshell right through to the gold-plated
External Power Supply: The Xpression III utilizes an external power
supply to avoid potential electro-mechanical interference.
Filter Cartridge: Sumiko Oyster (output voltage:
Amplifier Connection: MM-input (recommended load resistance: 47 kohms)
Nominal Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 rpm
Tone-arm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Tone-arm Mass: 0.299 oz (8.5g)
Overhang: 0.728" (18.5mm)
Counterweight: 0.25-0.42 oz (7-12g)
Speed Variance: +/-0.5%
Wow & Flutter: +/-0.1%
Signal-to-Noise: -70 dB
Down-force Range: 10-30 mN
Power Consumption: 2W
Outboard Power Supply: 15V/550 mA AC (AC 120V / 60Hz, 13.0W)
- Dust Cover Close: 16.375" (wide) x 5.0" (tall) x
- Dust Cover Open: 16.375" (wide) x 14.6875" (tall) x 15.75" (deep)
Weight: 12.4 lbs (5.624kg)