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Pro-Ject RPM1.3 Turntable in Red
Product Review:
The RM-1.3 is designed to look and perform like no other affordable turntable. Featuring a Sumiko Pearl moving magnet cartridge that is factory mounted for your convenience, the RM-1.3 delivers musical fidelity that belies its price. A resonance-optimized MDF platter with a felt mat rests upon a three-point MDF plinth with an isolated motor assembly optimized for low noise and speed stability. The RM-1.3 incorporates an inverted chrome plated stainless steel axle that rests on a polished steel bearing in a bronze housing for low wow-and-flutter and speed accuracy. Three nylon cone feet further reduce noise and vibration. A single-piece fixed headshell 9” S-shaped tonearm features hardened stainless steel bearings and rigid aluminum tube to provide superb tracking. Accurate adjustment of both VTA and azimuth is easily accomplished. Detachable RCA interconnect cables included.

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Our newest "BEST BUY" Star – radical design with no compromise on sound quality at the lowest price possible. All ingredients, like the shape of the chassis with decoupled motor, inverted main bearing and newly designed tone-arm all add up to a miracle in sound for the price!

The latest addition to the Pro-Ject line of turntables, the RPM1.3 Genie, bridges the gap between the Debut III ($349) and the Xpression III ($699). Going for $499 including cartridge, the Genie does more to earn its place in the illustrious line of turntables than not. Sumiko, the US importer, outfits the Genie with their Pearl cartridge – which retails for $100 on its own. At first glance, the Genie makes an impression with its shape. Modeled slightly after their RM5.1SE ($999), its plinth is circular, and doesn’t extend further than the platter – except to house the tonearm board, and motor. The motor is housed in a cut-out from the plinth, which it doesn’t make contact with, so not to transfer any vibrations to the playing surface. The tonearm is Pro-Ject’s first curved model to hit the US. Further vibration control has been met with coned feet. Offered in black, white, or red, the Genie aims to fit in just about any listening room’s design aesthetic.

The Sound
With isolation taking precedence, Pro-Ject has managed to manufacture a budget-friendly turntable capable of capturing inner detail and nuance. From the first listening session, we were impressed with how stable this machine really was – both speed wise and in construction. Pace and timing were spot on, and quite exciting considering the price point. Vocals were believable, and harmonics rich. In examining Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man, the right-and-left channel play between horns was discernable and palatable. The keys were comfortably supporting the rest of the players, just as they should be.

The Verdict
The RPM1.3 Genie is absolutely killer for the money. Users can stick with the Pearl cartridge (a great match for the tonearm), or opt for just about any medium mass cartridge. The sound is as good as the fit and finish, making it easy to recommend.

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Full Line Catalogue Pro-Ject Audio Analogue
Pro-Ject RPM1.3 Features:
  • Chassis available in, glossy black, red and white.
  • The turntable is supplied with a Sumiko Pearl moving magnet cartridge ($95 value).
  • A quiet running AC synchronous motor with a two-step pulley drives the platter's outside edge via a rubber belt.
  • The drive motor is isolated on its own platform and completely decoupled from the plinth to eliminate vibration transmission.
  • The resonance-optimised platter is made of medium density fibre.
  • A inverted, chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a polished metal ball in a sintered bronze bearing housing.
  • 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.
  • External power supply avoids potential electro-mechanical interference.

  • Tonearm 8.6S Details:
  • The headshell and armtube are fashioned from a single piece of aluminium.
  • The horizontal bearings consist of two hardened stainless steel points and ballraces.
  • Eccentrically mounted counterweight reduces cantilever forces and dynamic wow when playing warped records.
  • Solid armbase permits accurate height adjustment of armtube and VTA (vertical tracing angle).
  • The counterweight supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 4 - 9g
  • Single-screw fixing of armtube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite fixed headshell.
  • The internal wiring consists of silver coated, high-purity copper.

  • Pro-Ject RPM1.3 Technical Data:
  • Amplifier connection: MM-input
  • Nominal speeds: 33 / 45 r.p.m.
  • Dust cover: no
  • Motor completely decoupled: yes
  • RCA phono sockets: yes
  • S-shaped tonearm: yes
  • Effective tonearm length: 8,6 " (218,5mm)
  • Effective tonearm mass : 8,5g
  • Overhang: 19mm
  • Downforce range: 15 - 30mN
  • Supplied counterweight cartridge weight: 4 - 9g
  • Speed variance: ±0,8 %
  • Wow and flutter: ±0,15 %
  • Signal to noise: -70dB
  • Platter weight/diameter: 1,6kg/300mm
  • Power supply type: Mains-fed outboard power supply, 110V, 60 cycles
  • Output voltage: 12V/200mA AC
  • Power consumption: 2W
  • Dimensions: 380 x 115 x 350mm
  • Weight: 3,3kg

  • Sumiko Pearl Technical Data:
  • Cartridge Type: MM
  • Frequency Response (Hz): 12Hz-30kHz
  • Output Voltage/Channel (mV): 5mV
  • Channel Separation (dB): 30dB
  • Channel Balance (dB): 0,5dB
  • Compliance: 15mm/N
  • Stylus size/shape (mil): Elp. 0,2x0,8mm
  • Load Impedance: 47kOhm
  • Tracking Force Range (grams): 1.5 - 2.0

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