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Updated: July 4, 2020

Ject X2 Turntable Reviewed

Odd, this being a home theater publication and all, that I would be A) reviewing yet another analog turntable and B) find myself more excited about it in comparison to the multitudes of AV receivers and custodia con tastiera samsung tab a digital audio components that often grace my living room. To custodia cover samsung note5 me, the allure of vinyl custodia cover iphone xr playback has nothing to do with the format sounding “better” when compared to digital; it has to do with the act of listening to physical records. Listening to records is usually always an active experience for me, whereby I make time to sit down and enjoy what it is the recording artist is trying to communicate. By contrast, with digital music playback, I will often just “put it on” and then do a host of other things custodia cover huawei p20 simultaneously. Nothing wrong custodia cover samsung s10 plus with the latter, just that I would argue that I’m not samsung a40 custodia portafoglio actually listening all that closely let alone enjoying the experience, per custodia iphone x otterbox se.

The turntable under review this time around is the new X2 from Pro Ject, a $1,299, moving magnet platter spinner designed to custodia samsung galaxy ace 4 silicone give enthusiasts a true taste of high end analog playback, at a not too out of reach price. The X2 sits above the $899 X1 in the X Line, but well below the almost $5,000 asking price of the Xtension 12. Honestly, roughly $1,300 isn’t too shabby custodia iphone 5 firmate for a product that is built by hand in Europe.

the X1, as the two do appear similar. Look closer, however, and you’ll notice a few key differences, starting with the X2’s chassis. Made from a single chunk of MDF, the X2’s thicker, denser, custodia cover huawei y6 2017 and all around custodia samsung galaxy note 10.1 edizione 2014 beefier plinth is the most noticeable difference between it and the less expensive X1. The X2’s chassis contributes to an overall unit weight of 22 pounds custodia portafoglio samsung galaxy j1 2016 an increase of seven pounds over the X1. Of course, a denser, heavier plinth aids in the table’s overall sound by lowering cover juve iphone 7 plus resonances. The X2’s MDF chassis can be had in four decidedly delicious finishes that include satin white, satin black, high gloss black, and walnut. My review sample was clad in walnut and was absolutely stunning to behold.

The X2’s tonearm is longer at nine inches as compared with the X1, though its construction is pretty much the same. What isn’t the same, however, is the

Sumiko Moonstone cartridge, which has anla carte retail price of roughly $299 USD. It should be noted, however, that other markets receive the X2 with a Pick it 2M Silver MM cartridge, manufactured by Ortofon for Pro Ject exclusively, which has anla carte retail price of roughly $222 USD (199 Euros).

Lastly, the X2 samsung note 4 custodia ships with all the required cables necessary to get you up and running in no time. The turntable doesn’t feature a built in phono stage, so the included Pro Ject cables (which are very nice, by the way) do need to be connected either to your preamp’s internal phono input, or to an outboard phono preamp. This includes things like its cartridge, as well as the phono preamp to which the player is connected. Also, custodia samsung tab 4 10 pollici I utilized three different phono stages with the X2 during my evaluation period, coming away with decidedly different opinions of the table’s performance with each.

Straight away, when connected to my Marantz NR1200 stereo receiver’s internal phono preamp, the pairing proved completely uninspiring, lifeless, and soft. It would appear the Marantz lacks the necessary gain for the X2 and its Moonstone cartridge. Plugging the X2 directly into the phono input of the Technics SU G700 integrated amp changed things dramatically and was in line with cover iphone 5 bellissime the performance I mini in the box cover iphone 5s also achieved when connecting the X2 to the Technics using Pro Ject’s own Phono Box Ultra 500 phono preamp ($399).

Via these two combos, I found the X2’s overall sound to be balanced and neutral. Most audio components have a sort of signature thing that they do, something for listeners to grab hold of and say, “A Ha!” I kept waiting for the X2 to present an A Ha moment to me, whether it be its dynamic prowess, bass retrieval, treble extension, or midrange liquidity, and yet, nothing like that ever materialized. This is actually a good thing, if somewhat frustrating at first. A component having a signature to its sound makes my job that much easier; instead I’m stuck trying to come up with a way to accurately describe the X2’s complete lack of any real personality apart from what exists in the grooves themselves.

The X2’s sound isn’t forward; it has a wide and well defined soundstage that is nicely appointed but not laser etched. Its soundstage is also one that extends beyond the speakers’ boundaries, though it doesn’t extend forward of the front baffles ever. Focus, detail, and texture are all top notch and very well balanced (unless of course the recording calls for something different). Dynamics are a bit on the soft or polite side, but they’re still present and can be coaxed into being more bombastic with dash of volume. High frequencies are very smooth, free of sibilance and harshness at the extremes; likewise, bass is taut and weighty, but never bloated. The X2 on a whole is really a very well balanced piece of kit, almost to the point of being maddening, for we often like our components to impart some sort coloration to what we’re hearing, and the X2 at least in my tests really goes out of its way to custodia iphone sott’acqua not do that.

The X2’s is absolutely exquisite from the perspective of fit and finish, especially in its real wood walnut veneer.

Once configured, the X2’s usability and overall livability is exceptional, and up there with the ease and practicality of a direct drive design.

The X2’s overall sound is one of near extreme neutrality, which for purists is bound to please, though for others who prefer a bit of coloration it may confound. Either way, at its price point, the X2 is among the most neutral turntable designs I’ve heard to date.

I love the quality of the associated components and accessories Pro Ject includes with the X2, especially the cables, which are unlike any included in the box interconnects I’ve ever encountered.

The X2 is not going to play well with all custodia protettiva iphone 6s types of MM phono stages, built in to your existing preamp or external. I’m not entirely sure if this is a gain issue, or just my review sample, but suffice to say, the X2 can go from being the epitome of neutrality with the right setup, to dull and lifeless with the wrong one.

I actually didn’t much care for the feel of the X2’s tonearm. Not that one spends a lot of time putting hands on a turntable’s tonearm (apart from moving it into place), but cover calcio iphone 7 I just found the X2’s to be a bit more fidgety than most. Perhaps this had to do with its lighter weight construction than what I’m used to. I’m not sure, but it just wasn’t for me.

Music Hall’s MMF 7.3, Pro Ject’s RPM 5 Carbon, the Marantz TT 15S1, and of course the Technics SL 1500C (reviewed here). Sitting on my credenza, it’s an absolute stunner, and a turntable I loved seeing in my system day in and day out. Its sound is equally enjoyable. The X2 is among the more neutral turntables (as configured) I’ve encountered in its price category, which is the highest praise I can give it. While I did find its overall performance to be a bit more phono stage dependent than some other tables I have in house, once I got the mixture right, the resulting sound was wholly satisfying. At this iface cover samsung price, you really can’t help but ask, “do you need more” For that matter, what would “more” even look or sound like, especially if neutrality is the aim of any component…