HouseTechGuys Turntables Reviews Pro-Ject X2 Review

Well, it’s time to do a Pro-Ject X2 review, a premium turntable that will be appreciated by those who understand sound quality. Or those who are ready to spend an impressive amount of money but get a VIP audio system for many years. High-quality materials, stunning appearance, endless upgrade potential – we will take a closer look at all of this. Let’s go.


Pro-Ject X2

So, being the second in the line, the X2 turntable has a hefty price tag and a few key differences from the less expensive X1, but you get a European hand-built device. For example, its body is made of solid MDF and weighs a staggering 22 pounds, as opposed to the 15 pounds of the previous model. Although, of course, in this case, you don’t have to worry about vibrations at all; it will be stable on any surface, thanks, among other things, to the three height-adjustable damped aluminum feet. I tested the turntable in Satin White, and it’s awesome. It looks mega-modern and expensive. The manufacturer also offers Black Gloss, Satin Black, and Real Wood.

The case has a single button for switching operating speeds, platter, and tonearm. The 4.4 pounds white acrylic platter 30 mm high is something magical. It looks like something cosmic on a white body, something from the future. It is incredibly smooth and silent. The carbon-coated straight tonearm fits in with the overall design. I’m not a fan of straight tonearms, but I will note that the extension to 9″ (as opposed to the standard 8.6″) did the trick, and I liked how it fits neatly into the record’s groove. The Pro-Ject X2 record player also allows you to modify it to your liking, and it has a fully adjustable azimuth and VTA.

It comes with a 15 volts DC /0.8A power supply, dust cover, and felt mat. As well as the Connect it E Phono cable of amazing quality. All in all, “class” is felt in everything and does not make you think about the cost of the device.


Pro-Ject X2 photo

The technical characteristics of the X2 are also impressive. For example, the already initially quiet 4.5 watts max quality engine is isolated and has improved suspension. I could not hear it working, no matter how hard I tried. Of course, it would be surprising in this price range to encounter flaws in this area, but I was meticulous. A plus and bonus, you get all three speeds of 33/45/78 RPM records played with electronic speed change. You don’t have to change the belt or look up a particular format record in the store.

The turntable has no built-in phono stage. As I have mentioned many times in my reviews, internal preamps are never better than external ones. Unfortunately, the manufacturer didn’t bother to build something not good enough into a great thing. So get ready to add the purchase of accessories to the considerable cost of the deck. After all, claiming to be a vinyl turntable at this level is worth investing in an audio system in all aspects.

Continuing about the tonearm, it comes preloaded with a Sumiko Moonstone cartridge (for the American market) or an Ortofon Pick it 2M Silver MM (for other world markets). Both are expensive and of high quality, but the feature I would call the ability to install an MC configuration cartridge into the tonearm. Such a feature is rare, and I appreciate this fact.


Don’t forget that the sound depends on the cartridge and preamplifier, so that I won’t describe my experience in detail. Take your time and choose the optimal components of the audio system; you will not regret it. I played rock, jazz, and blues on it and enjoyed the quality of the detailed, crisp, clear sound, every note, and the nuances of the vocals. Perhaps the bass is a little softened, but I wouldn’t want any others for jazz. I won’t hide that testing the Pro-Ject X2 made me happy. It’s a decent turntable worth every penny, especially with its upgradability and incredible ease of use. Accordingly, it will serve you for years to come.

Key specs

  • Drive type: belt.
  • Operation type: manual.
  • Speeds, RPM: 33 1/3, 45, 78.
  • Phono Pre-Amp: no.
  • Speakers: no.
  • Bluetooth: no.
  • USB: no.
  • AUX: no.

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