Designed to replace the award-winning RPM 5.1, the RPM 5 Carbon takes a technological, audible and cosmetic leap forward compared to the high standard set by its predecessor.
The stylish plinth and decoupled-motor design has been chosen due to the proven performance benefits discovered with the range-topping RPM 9 Carbon and RPM 10 Carbon. The low-resonance MDF plinth is finished with a premium quality gloss and topped with carbon fibre for added rigidity. The chassis contains a new inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball for minimal rumble. The whole plinth sits on top of three adjustable spiked feet to further keep resonance away from the record surface.
The thick acrylic platter, designed specifically for the RPM 5 Carbon, is acoustically inert to ensure the purest playback of any vinyl record. The platter is driven by a fully-detached 9V AC motor, which offers a smooth and consistent rotation thanks to the ultra-precision, DC-driven AC generator built into the motor housing.
The RPM 5 Carbon is supplied with the outstanding 9CC Evolution tonearm pre-installed. The 9CC Evolution boasts a 9” one-piece carbon fibre tube and inverted bearing design that allows for perfect tracking, even with demanding pick-up cartridges and less-than-perfect records. The heavyweight assembly and TPE-damped counterweights ensure unwanted resonances are swiftly drawn away from the signal wires. The tonearm’s ability is so well recognised, that it’s found on other successful turntable designs, including the award-winning Pro-Ject Xtension 9 SuperPack. The tonearm is terminated to a junction box, and a quality set of RCA interconnect cables are supplied in the box.
As with the whole RPM series, the RPM 5 Carbon utilises all its carefully selected elements to deliver a product that looks and sounds great. The sound performance is recognisably “Pro-Ject”, with toe-tapping rhythms and engaging detail throughout.
The RPM 5 Carbon is available in three high-gloss paint finishes – black, red or white – and is also supplied with a screw-on record clamp, for further improved performance.