|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||What HiFi Award 5 Stars|
Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Silver
Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 / 78 RPM (78 Optional)
Speed & Variance: 33: 0.2% 45: 0.18%
Wow & Flutter: 33: 0.14% 45: 0.13%
Main Bearing: Stainless Steel
Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0g
Tracking Force Range: 0 - 30mn
Dust Cover: Yes
RCA Phono Sockets: Yes
Tonearm: 9" Carbon Fibre Evolution
Power Supply: 15V DC
Power Consumption: 4.0W
Dimensions (WxHxD): 415 x 130 x 335mm
The Pro-Ject 1 Xpression Carbon UKX is the 2013 reincarnation of the original Pro-Ject 1, as designed by the founder of Pro-Ject Audio in the 1990s - the original Pro-Ject turntable which set the benchmark for this high quality brand.
Since the '1' was born, it has been reborn in many forms. The 1 Xpression Carbon is the latest in the exremely popular Xpressions series and the most recent incarnation of the '1'. And it has a few tricks under its dustcover!
The Xpression Carbon UKX has some very beneficial features which have never been found on Pro-Ject turntables before. Every element has been meticulously designed to offer the best performance for the money - just like the original '1'. The Xpression Carbon is supplied with both a felt and a cork mat, to tailor the sound perfectly for its environment and even comes with its own dust cover.
The Xpression Carbon advances on other turntables due to its one-piece carbon fibre tonearm mounted in a brand new heavy-weight assembly. It is inspired by the superior Evolution tonearms. This over-sized support effectively isolates the tonearm from the plinth, taking away any minor resonances in the tonearm and dissipating them immediately. This allows for the original music signal - and only the original signal - to be sent to your amplifier.
Mounted on the tonearm is the new Ortofon 2M Silver - a special version of Ortofon's world famous 2M Red cartridge, finished with silver spools for optimal signal generation.
The Xpression Carbon benefits from a new AC motor design with DC power supply. This unique combination is achieved by incorporating an AC generator on the underside of the turntable - so the DC power supply signal is changed to a clean AC supply. This allows the 9V motor to perform at its optimal level. The motor is isolated from the main plinth - to avoid resonance transference - by two rubber gromits designed and manufactured by Ortofon's expert rubber division. The motor applies rotating force to a sub-platter, which drives the acrylic platter. The platter creates an alternative aesthetic and sound. This use of acrylic reduces tinny frequencies and helps accentuate the mid-range.
So... why the Xpression Carbon UKX?
- Manual turntable
- New DC power-supply
- Low-noise synchronous AC motor
- Motor isolation blobs designed by Ortofon
- Acrylic platter
- Carbon fibre tonearm
- Evolution-inspired tonearm support
- Pre-fitted with an Ortofon 2M Silver
- Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
- Lid included
'The Pro-ject 1 Xpression UKX is clearly one of the class leaders. Nothing else at this price digs up as much detail or delvers it with such precision...'High level of resolution, Articulate sound, Good cartridge, Nice presentation' (What Hi-Fi February 2015)
'We’re pleased to report the one fitted to the 1 Xpression is a substantially engineered unit with smooth, play-free bearings and a nice solid feel. You’ll find an Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge attached to the arm: it’s a modified version of the company’s much admired 2M Red moving magnet, which bodes well...Other improvements over earlier versions of the 1 Xpression include an improved motor and a new power supply. The aim, as always, is to improve speed stability and reduce the amount of unwanted mechanical energy fed into the turntable’s structure' (What Hi-Fi February 2015)
'The platter in the UKX is acrylic, changed from the composite steel/thermo plastic elastomer one used in the standard version. While it’s perfectly fine to place a record directly on the acrylic, Pro-ject also supplies both cork and felt mats too...Each option changes the sonic presentation a little, with the final choice coming down to personal taste and system matching as much as anything else. Just remember to adjust the arm height to compensate for the varying thickness of the mats. We preferred the direct acrylic option for its extra clarity' (What Hi-Fi magazine February 2015)
'Tonally, things are nicely balanced with no part of the frequency range dominating. The Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge comes across as a refined and articulate performer, and had no trouble working into any of the phono stages we tried. Move onto Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Pro-ject continues to impress with wide-ranging dynamics and a decent amount of punch...There’s also a pleasing sense of scale and a nicely layered sound stage. This is a deck that majors on analysis. We can’t think of a rival that tells us as much about a recording. However, compared to the likes of Rega’s RP3 it can sound a touch clinical, down' (What Hi-Fi magazine February 2015)
'We still think the 1 Xpression Carbon UKX is a terrific package for the price. It’s balanced and insightful, rivalling the class-leaders in overall ability. It’s worth serious consideration' (What Hi-Fi magazine February 2015)