Winner of The 2012 Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award! The Xpression III provides a feature set and musical performance not usually associated with turntables in this price range. Employing machined cone feet, a low-noise motor with precision flat-ground belt driving a new precision machined acrylic platter, the table operates in virtual silence. A carbon-fiber tonearm tube with integrated headshell is pre-mounted with a Sumiko Oyster cartridge. Additionally, the tonearm features an inverted thrust bearing with two hardened stainless steel points resting in sapphire thrust pads to maximize the Oyster’s performance. Furthermore, the tonearm provides for easy adjustment of the stylus rake angle (VTA), azimuth and overhang, greatly optimizing analog playback performance and cartridge flexibility. Detachable interconnects included.
Improvements to the latest version of the Xpression, the Xpression III, includes an acrylic platter, adjustable spike-feet, gold-plated female RCA jacks, and a high-gloss finish. Of course it still uses the tried and true implementations of its predecessors; a fantastic carbon arm, a suspended motor, and an MDF plinth remain featured in this package. Like the Debut III, the Xpression III can be outfitted for playing 78s with the purchase of an additional motor pulley (a cartridge with an available 78 stylus would also be required). The turrntable also benefits from the Speedbox MKII. You'll notice tighter and more natural bass with heightened clarity across the audio spectrum.
The Absolute Sound/Hi-Fi+ Vinyl Buyer's Guide; Pro-Ject Xpression By Paul Seydor, June 2010 "...The Xpression revealed greater clarity and detail, finer resolution of movement, and a fuller, more integrated soundstage."