And indeed, the visually inconspicuous Pro-Ject1 attracted attention because of its sound quality. Today, the Austrians are market leaders in the field of dedicated but affordable turntables and offer a myriad of models manufactured in the Slovakian town of Litovel for every taste and requirement. Nevertheless, all of them follow the philosophy which started it all:
- simple but correctly executed technology,
- high-quality parts and materials, without expensive design accessories and superfluous bells and whistles, as well as
- development and production by engineers and specialists in Europe.
The new X1 also follows these principles, which Pro-Ject has never abandoned. Thus, the title of this story is somewhat misleading in the sense that the Austrians don't want to return to their roots, but rather want to underline them again with their latest model.
Consistency in Details
In the case of the X1, this means a rock-solid MDF chassis without unnecessary cavities – thus counteracting unclean "boxy" sound – which is either covered with genuine walnut veneer or with eight layers of black or white high-gloss lacquer. The motor, which drives the precisely mounted subplate via a belt, is decoupled via rubber buffers and a rubber band, so it can hardly transmit vibrations to it. On top is a resonance-reducing acrylic plate, weighing 1.5 kilograms on which a felt mat belongs.