If you feel as if you’ve seen this turntable in a past life, fear not.
For indeed, the new Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon bears a strikingly close resemblance to the well-regarded RM-9.2 belt-drive ’table that was reviewed by Wayne Garcia in Issue 206.
It’s the same handsome profile and its compact, open-chassis, outboard motor design is familiar.
And yes again, it’s similarly equipped with the top-notch 9cc EVO tonearm–a traditional pivoted design.
But oh boy, there are some major differences and not all of them visible to the naked eye.
It’s like they say in the hot-rodding world: It’s what’s under the hood that counts.
The 00 RPM 9 Carbon is Pro-Ject’s “tuner” special and it’s been kitted out with three significant upgrades over the stock RM-9.2.
There’s a new motor that’s both quieter and uses the same quartz-lock technology derived from the firm’s outboard Speed Box II.
The major takeaway is that the electronic speed control allows single-button selection between 33 and 45rpm, a handy improvement over the pulley switching required with the RM-9.2.Available in the near future will be a 33/78 pulley, as well.Also hidden from view is the attention that’s been paid to the newly upgraded chassis.The plinth is a mass-loaded design that incorporates a CNC-machined MDF plate that uses hard, resin-coated steel pellets to form the heavy sandwich construction.A special heat treatment and a woven-carbon-fiber surface-coating suggest low resonance levels.It also looks very cool and is, as they say, “track ready.”The platter is new, as well.