The Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon Offers Audiophiles Style and Performance in a Gorgeous Shape
The RPM-5 Carbon is a distillation of the design concepts pioneered in its big brother, the RPM-9 Carbon. Essentially all-new, the RPM-5 Carbon features a curvy, massive low-resonance chassis with a newly designed bearing, a new platter, a new motor and the world-renowned 9cc Evo carbon fiber tonearm. Even the counterweight has been improved! More than a pretty face, the RPM-5 Carbon has the sonic chops to please any vinyl-lover and even comes with the legendary Sumiko Blue Point #2 pre-mounted. The ultra-stylish RPM-5 is available in 3 gorgeous high-gloss finish versions.
The RPM-5 is now a true price to performance contender, thanks to all the upgrades mentioned above. Pro-Ject has always taken the performance of these rounded tables seriously, but this is the first generation which we feel sonically punches vastly above its weight class. Starting with the most visible upgrade, the 9cc Evo tonearm is simply outstanding. With a full carbon fiber tube, massive bracket assembly and great bearings the 9cc Evo is a serious tonearm on a serious turntable. The platter bearing has been updated, it's now an inverted design featuring a ceramic ball contact for excellent vibration control and vanishingly low rotational noise (rumble). The acrylic platter is more inert so as to reject vibration better and the counterweight is a TPE-damped design for even further resonance damping. The 15 VAC motor remains, now driven by an ultra-precise AC generator with a DC power supply for outstanding speed stability and platter control.