Sharing the same striking “teardrop” appearance of its predecessor, the RPM 10.1 Evolution, the RPM 10 Carbon oozes high-end style and delivers a sound performance that puts its rivals to shame.
Though the minimalist plinth design looks visually impressive, through extensive testing it’s also proved to show optimal resonance characteristics, compared to many traditional chassis designs. To further improve its performance, the plinth also employs “high mass” principles with resin-coated steel pellets packed inside the CNC-machined MDF structure. The whole plinth is then subjected to a complex heat treatment and carbon fibre surface coating to ensure minimal resonance travels through the turntable. The plinth is finished with magnetic coned feet.
The RPM 10 Carbon’s platter is the same as that found on the acclaimed Xtension 10 record player. The polished aluminium exterior is internally lined with Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) damping material and topped with vinyl. The whole platter sits on top of a stainless steel spindle with inverted ceramic main bearing to deliver an absolutely stable turntable rotation with extra-low rumble.
The RPM 10 Carbon’s perimeter drive belt mechanism is driven by a completely decoupled heavyweight motor. The motor sits on top of a custom-designed steel base for improved stability. Electronic speed-change between 33 and 45rpm is built into the motor, which also employs its own AC power generator PCB, for a clean mains supply and reduced speed variance.
The highly-acclaimed 10CC Evolution Tonearm is pre-installed on the RPM 10 Carbon. This coveted design is found on many other high-end record players, and boasts a conical carbon fibre tube and inverted bearing design that offers superior rigidity with reduced mass. The high-quality internal wiring and selection of TPE-damped counterweights also makes the tonearm suitable for use with almost any high-end pick-up cartridge. For improved signal transmission, the tonearm is supplied with a 5-Pin to RCA Connect-IT CC cable.
The RPM 10 Carbon comes complete with the Ground-IT Carbon base and a heavy record pluck, making it a complete high-end package.