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Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

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Overview

Our take on the Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon

Job one for any turntable is to provide smooth and stable rotation for your records. Pro-Ject's 1Xpression Carbon delivers in spades. This solid, refined player quietly maintains accurate playback speed with minimal wow and flutter, letting the music flow from your LPs with realism and clarity. You'll experience a wide, deep soundstage with instruments and vocals that fill the room. Careful design and beefy construction give the 1Xpression Carbon excellent isolation from vibration, creating silent backgrounds and powerful dynamics.

Expressive sound, classic looks

Job one for any turntable is to provide smooth and stable rotation for your records. Pro-Ject's 1Xpression Carbon delivers in spades. This solid, refined player quietly maintains accurate playback speed with minimal wow and flutter, letting the music flow from your LPs with realism and clarity. You'll experience a wide, deep soundstage with instruments and vocals that fill the room. Careful design and beefy construction give the 1Xpression Carbon excellent isolation from vibration, creating silent backgrounds and powerful dynamics.

ProJect Xpression Carbon

This turntable's agile, low-mass carbon fiber arm tracks your albums with tenacity.

Precision-built for high performance

The 1Xpression Carbon boasts a high-performance, one-piece carbon fiber tonearm that helps reduce unwanted resonance that can color sound. The arm's innovative low-friction gimbal bearing features a resonance-damping counterweight, and offers excellent compatibility with future cartridge upgrades. A damped, heavy steel platter provides excellent speed stability as it spins on a precision chrome-plated stainless steel and bronze bearing for smooth rotation and ultra-quiet operation.

The decoupled, sorbothane-damped motor mount and belt drive system physically isolate vibration from the chassis to prevent motor noise from being audible through your sound system. An external power supply helps reduce the chance of hum and noise, and features an ultra-precise, DC-driven AC generator for enhanced speed accuracy. Finally, the 1Xpression Carbon's MDF chassis rests on damped cone feet for a solid, low-resonance foundation.

Get the best sound without the hassle

One of the great things about vinyl records is that they force you to slow down and become more actively involved in the process of listening. But Pro-Ject's 1Xpression Carbon won't slow you down much, because of its hassle-free plug 'n' play design. Pro-Ject knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why this 'table comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its factory-mounted tonearm and phono cartridge take the guesswork out of getting started, so you can enjoy optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few minutes to dial in key settings like tracking force, anti-skating, and platter speed are all that's needed to experience the superior performance that's waiting for you on your favorite records.

Product Highlights:

  • one-piece carbon fiber tonearm with advanced bearing structure and damped, large-diameter counterweight for superior rigidity and reduced resonance
  • includes pre-mounted Sumiko Pearl moving magnet cartridge
  • damped heavy steel platter with supplied felt and cork mats provides excellent speed stability and protects records from scratches
  • precision chrome-plated stainless steel and bronze bearing system for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with damped cone feet
  • low-noise AC motor decoupled from base for reduced vibration transmission and better sound
  • manual operation with silicone-damped tonearm lift
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variance: 0.2% at 33 RPM, 0.18% at 45 RPM
  • wow and flutter: 0.14% at 33 RPM, 0.13% at 45 RPM
  • gold-plated RCA and ground terminal connectors (cable included)
  • external power supply with ultra-precise DC-driven AC generator for speed stability
  • weight: 12.13 lbs.
  • 16-3/8"W x 5"H (with dust cover down) x 13-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years (1 year warranty for the supplied cartridge)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable base (tone-arm and cartridge installed)
  • Hub (installed)
  • Steel platter (installed)
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug adapters (US/UK/EU)
  • Drive belt
  • Dust cover
  • Cork mat
  • Felt mat
  • 47" Stereo RCA audio cable (with ground wire)
  • Counter weight
  • Anti-skate weight
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • 3 Metal weights
  • Bracket
  • Plastic hook tool
  • Instructions for Use
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor

Gave this Turntable Four and a half stars only because there isn"t an option for a automatic return arm used when the LP or 45 has finished that particular side .This is by no fault of the vendor or their sales staff .Sole responsibility lies with the engineers ( Manuf.) , Pro-Ject .

Scott, Norfolk, VA

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Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Quality so far, impressed with sound stage

Perry from Knoxville, TN on 1/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've had this turntable for two weeks. It is very well made and I have not had any problems to this point. I wanted a 'mid priced' turntable with a better cartridge. I believe this is fitting my needs. Clarity good, sound stage good, and company seems quality. If I can remember to do this I'll give a four month update and then one year.

Pros: quality build, very good stylus, good sound separation in treble, mid, and bass

Cons: none at this point

Wonderful Cartridge mounted

J from Jonesboro, AR on 11/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My lovely turntable was the Audio technica AT-LP120 long time ago. I am kind of getting old so I have tried to find a fully automatic turntable over several months. Unfortunately, it was not successful. No way. I had to be back to get a manual table and purchased a Project Debut Carbon. It looks okay but a little noise is detected in the high volume. I was a little disappointed. I kept doing research on tables of the same brand. I also discussed higher quality tables with an expert in the Crutchfield, Otis. I am kind of fortunate to have him. He suggested to play this table. I retuned the DC and got the 1xpression which seems to be a little better than the DC but Sumiko Pearl cartridge mounted on it is fantastic. Honestly, although I am not still 100% satisfied with the table, I can dare to recommend it to analogue music lovers. Thanks to the 1xpression, it will be my pleasure to collect vinyl LPs again.

Pros: Delicate sounds that you can listen to

Cons: Little expensive.

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Scott from Norfolk, VA on 2/22/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Gave this Turntable Four and a half stars only because there isn"t an option for a automatic return arm used when the LP or 45 has finished that particular side .This is by no fault of the vendor or their sales staff .Sole responsibility lies with the engineers ( Manuf.) , Pro-Ject .

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James from Sun Prairie, WI on 12/31/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent turntable and cartridge. The old records never sounded so good!

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio Not given
Wow and Flutter 0.14
Weight 12.125 lbs.

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Features

Belt Driven: A quiet running synchronous motor with a two-step pulley drives the hub and platter via a flat-ground belt for effective speed stability. The 1-Xpression Carbon supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds.

  • Speed Variance: 0.2% (33 RPM), 0.18% (45 RPM)
  • Wow & Flutter: 0.14% (33 RPM), 0.13% (45 RPM)

Sandwiched Construction Platter: The 1-Xpression Carbon turntable features a 11.875" "sandwiched construction" platter made from advanced thermo plastic elastomers (TPE) and steel alloy for optimized resonance behavior. The platter bearing axle is made from low tolerance chrome plated stainless steel running on a Teflon bottom in bronze bearing housing. Supplied felt and cork mats provide excellent speed stability and protects records from scratches.

MDF Plinth: The medium density fiber (MDF) plinth stands on four height-adjustable damped cone feet. 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 & External Power Supply The motor is decoupled from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission. The 1-Xpression Carbon also utilizes an external power supply to avoid potential electro-mechanical interference.

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. The Pro-Ject turntable comes supplied with a 47" stereo RCA cable with ground wire.

Carbon Tone-arm w/ Counterweight: The 1-Xpression Carbon features a 8.6" one-piece carbon tone-arm. 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 angle). 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.

MM-Cartridge: The turntable is supplied with a Sumiko Pearl MM-cartridge for exceptional sound quality reproduction. If your amplifier does not have a suitable Phono MM input, you will need a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) to connect the turntable to your amplifier.

Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject 1-Xpression Carbon 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 phono sockets.

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Quality in it's price range [ Ronald  Dec 05, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

No, the tone arm does not lift at the end of a record. [ JAMES  Jul 01, 2017 ]
Unfortunate for me , it doesn't lift automatically at the end of each side . The Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon is completely Manual . Hoping this is some help to you ! Scott [ SCOTT  Jun 30, 2017 ]
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