Pro-ject X8 Evolution Turntable
Moving coil (MC) cartridges are known for better performance than their moving magnet (MM) counterparts, but their low output means their signal is more susceptible to interference and noise. While it ships with a Sumiko Moonstone MM cartridge, Pro-ject Audio's X8 Evolution turntable was designed with MC cartridges in mind. Its 9cc EVO carbon tonearm has a one-piece wire loom running from the cartridge to the 5pin DIN output that allows MC cartridges to produce a True Balanced phono connection with appropriately-appointed phono pre-amps, like Pro-ject's new Phono Box S3B and DS3B. It also has a TPE-dampened platter machined from a single piece of aluminum that spins on an inverted bearing with an opposing neodymium magnet ensuring smooth operation, and a massive MDF chassis that's isolated using TPE dampers inside its adjustable machined aluminum feet.