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Pro-Ject RM5.1SE Turntable
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This sleek turntable catches any modernist eye with a piano lacquered high gloss chassis. It sounds even better than it looks. The Pro-Ject RM5.1SE boasts superior tracking qualities with virtually no friction thanks to Swiss designed bearings and impressive carbon fiber arm tube. MDF/vinyl composite platter has a high mass with low resonance. This turntable has a rhythmic incisiveness that lets you hear even your favorite tune with fresh ears. The Pro-Ject RM5.1SE delivers incredibly smooth sonic quality from the loudest crescendo to the most intricate pizzicatos.

The RM5.1SE uses an MDF platter with an integrated vinyl mat. A felt mat is pictured here.
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The RM-5 SE makes a stunning design and audio performance statement in a “value oriented” performance package featuring a Sumiko Blue Point No.2 high-output moving coil cartridge that is factory mounted for your convenience. A resonance-optimized platter made from MDF with integrated vinyl mat rests upon an MDF plinth with a suspended motor assembly optimized for low resonance and speed stability. The table incorporates a stainless steel axle that runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a bronze housing for lower wow-and-flutter and superior speed accuracy. Three-point aluminum cone feet further reduce noise and vibration. A 9" fixed headshell tonearm with precision Swiss bearings and rigid carbon fiber arm tube provides superior tracking and cartridge control. Accurate adjustment of both VTA and azimuth is easily accomplished. Detachable interconnect cable and a screw down record clamp are included.

The aim to better the hi-fi -classic Pro-Ject-1 is achieved with two different approaches: According to the principle of "less is more" we exchanged the rectangular chassis in favour of a radical "drop-form". In addition, the old resonating main platter was exchanged for MDF which is free of resonance. A metal ring is mounted around the main bearing for optimised conductance of unwanted vibrations. The audible benefits are amazing. The sound is calmer and richer without losing detail.

Brochure Pro-Ject RM5.1SE

User Manual Pro-Ject RM5.1SE

Brochure Pro-Ject 9cc Tonearm

User Manual Pro-Ject 9cc Tonearm

Absolute Sound Pro-Ject RM-5 SE, Rega P3-24 & Sota Comet Turntable Systems By Wayne Garcia, Maarch 2008
"...It’s not so much that this Pro-Ject lets you hear more detail, or that I heard things in the track I hadn’t before, but that its rhythmic incisiveness somehow heightens the sensation of a guy playing the guitar"

Absolute Sound Pro-Ject Debut III, RM-5, RM-10 Turntables, and TubeBox SE Phonostage By Jim Hannon, june 2007
"...The RM-5 and Blue Point No.2 make a formidable combination in the sub-kilobuck sweepstakes, and the carbon-fiber arm is a pleasant surprise. Whereas this combo does not provide triple the performance of the Debut III, it brings forth more of the fine details that make listening more engaging and rewarding. Its sound is far closer to the bigger Pro-Ject ’tables and worth the extra coin."

Six Moons Pro-Ject RPM-5 & Ortofon Rondo Red By Paul Candy, March 2006
"...The RPM 5 is the third turntable I've sampled from the Pro-Ject stable and it may be the most successful yet in striking that magic balance between price, performance, accessories and appearance."

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice Blog Pro-Ject RM-5 Turntable-Record Rennaisance in the iPod Age
"...No matter the record, the RM-5 made sound that was magical- clean, warm, and natural, with powerful, defined bass and crystalline highs that were not too bright. The music emanated from a silent background, the system providing all the clarity, quietness and impact one associates with CD, but with a far more natural, engaging, and delicate sound- even from 40 year-old records. A British magazine said of the RM-5, “already becoming a legend”. I can see why. That the RM-5/Blue Point No. 2 system is available for under $1,000 total is quite an achievement and a testament to Pro-Ject’s high value equation."

JazzTimes Let’s Get Physical: Why Analog Always Trumps Digital By Mike Quinn, November 2007
"...The RM-5, though not sporting the heft nor the features of more expensive tables, is a very respectable performer in its own right, and offers something that normally only comes with much costlier tables, a screw-down record clamp that guarantees the record will lay flat on the platter (in analog, flatter is better). Listening to this rig was more than pleasurable, and even at this price point, bested all but the most meticulously engineered CDs. There is just something inherently organic about analog playback at any level that makes listening more involving, and this Pro-Ject table did not disappoint in this very important aspect. For the money, this is an outstanding performer, and a great way to catch the vinyl bug on a budget."
Pro-Ject RM5.1SE Features:
  • Chassis piano-lacquered dark grey
  • A quiet running AC motor with a two-step pulley drives the hub and platter via a flat-ground belt.
  • The medium density fibre plinth stands on three height-adjustable rubber-damped aluminium cones.
  • The motor is decoupled from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.
  • MDF platter with integrated vinyl mat
  • The platter's low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a sintered bronze bearing housing.
  • Central metal block optimises centre of gravity and damps main bearing.
  • Connection to the phono input of the amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your taste through the gold plated phono sockets and earth screw. A standard cable is provided.
  • External power supply avoids potential electro-mechanical interference.

  • Pro-Ject RM5.1SE Technical Data:
  • Nominal speeds: 33 / 45 / 78 r.p.m. (78 optional)
  • Dust cover: Pro-Ject Cover it optional
  • Record clamp: yes
  • RCA phono sockets: yes
  • Rubber-damped aluminium cones: yes
  • Central metal block: yes
  • Tonearm: Pro-Ject 9cc
  • Tonearm with fibre armtube and sapphire thrust-pads: yes
  • Effective tonearm length: 9" (230mm)
  • Effective tonearm mass: 8,5g
  • Overhang: 18mm
  • Supplied counterweight cartridge weight: 6 - 10g
  • Optional counterweights: cartridge weights 11 - 15g, 8 - 11g, 5 - 8g
  • Downforce range: 10 - 30mN
  • Speed variance: ±0,5 %
  • Wow and flutter: ±0,08 %
  • Signal to noise: -70dB
  • Platter weight/diameter: 1,75kg/300mm
  • Power supply type: Mains-fed outboard power supply, 100 - 110V, 60 cycles
  • Output voltage: 16V/500mA AC
  • Power consumption: 2W
  • Dimension: 371 x 145 x 300mm
  • Weight: 6,5kg

  • Tonearm 9cc Details:
  • The headshell and armtube are fashioned from a single piece of carbon-fibre.
  • Conical armtube avoids standing wave reflections.
  • Inverted tonearm bearing comprises four hardened stainless tips in ABEC7 spec ballraces.
  • Rings provide very solid arm bearing housings. The outside ring is open to avoid resonances.
  • Design of counterweight effectively counteracts unwanted resonances.
  • The counterweight supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 6 - 10g
  • Counterweight shaft lowered to record level reduces cantilever forces and dynamic wow when playing warped records.
  • Solid armbase permits accurate height adjustment of armtube and VTA (vertical tracing angle).
  • Single-screw fixing of armtube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite fixed headshell.
  • Silicone-damped armlift can be adjusted to suit working height of the arm.
  • The internal wiring consists of flexible high-purity copper from the headshell right through to the gold-plated phono sockets.

  • Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Technical Data:
  • Cartridge Type: High Output MC
  • Frequency Response: 15Hz-35KHz
  • Output Voltage/Channel: 2.5mV
  • Channel Separation: 32dB
  • Channel Balance: 0.5dB
  • Compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne): 15
  • Stylus Size/Shape: .3x.7/Elliptical
  • Load Impedance: 47k Ohms
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.6-2.0 grams
  • Recommended Force: 1.8 grams
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.3 grams







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