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Pro-Ject 2Xperience SB S-Shape Manual
Pro-Ject 2 Xperience SB S
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Pro-Ject 2 Xperience SB S
Controls, features and connections
Motor transport foam inserts
Motor with motor pulley
Drive belt *
Sandwich platter *
Tonearm counterweight *
Tonearm lift lever
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm tube
Lid *
Lid hinges
Hinge fasteners
Power supply socket
Detachable headshell with fingerlift
Phono output sockets and earth connection
Anti-skating mechanism *
Anti-skating mechanism support
Adjustable tip-toe feet anti-scratch cups *
Speed control button
Connection cable (not shown) *
Screw-down record clamp (not shown) *
Universal power supply (not shown) *
Single adapter (not shown) *
Downforce scale
Tonearm base
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Dear music lover,
Thank you for purchasing a Pro-Ject Audio Systems record player.
In order to achieve maximum performance and reliability, please study these instructions carefully.
Warning of a hazard for the user, the unit or possible misuse
Important notice
** The following instructions for adjusting the cartridge are provided in case the cartridge is replaced by a
different model at a later date.
During assembling and adjustment small parts could be lost if they are not carefully placed in a suitable
receptacle. Before starting assembly make yourself acquainted with the parts listed above which are
correspondingly numbered in the technical drawings above. Separately packed items are marked with an
asterisk *
Safety instructions
The power supply is used to connect and disconnect the unit from the mains. Make sure that the plug
is easily accessible at all times. Hold the plug when unplugging the power cord. Never handle the
power cord while your hands are wet or damp.
Avoid letting liquids enter the device. Never place any item containing liquid, like a flower vase, on or
near the device. Never spill any liquid on the device. Never place any naked flame sources, like lighted
candles, on or near the device. The product shall not be used in damp or wet locations, next to a
bathtub, sink, swimming pool or any other similar conditions.
Keep plastic bags away from children to prevent any risk of suffocation.
The deck is supplied partially disassembled and carefully packed for a safe transport. Remove all parts from
the transport packaging carefully.
Screw the three tip-toe feet (18) onto the threaded bolts located on the underside of the plinth Make sure the
surface you wish to use the turntable on is levelled (use a spirit level) before placing the turntable on it.
Put the platter bearing housing carefully over the bearing axle. Put the record clamp on the platter and level
the plinth using the spirit level and the adjustable feet (18).
Fit the drive belt (3) around the platter (5) and the motor pulley (2).
Avoid getting sweat or grease on the belt as these will deteriorate the performance and reduce the belt's lifespan.
Use absorbent kitchen paper to remove any oil or grease from the outer edge of the hub and the belt.
Remove the transport lock (17) from the tonearm. Store it in the original packaging so they are available for
any future transportation.
Please note: We recommend to using the record player without a mat on the platter.
Mount and disassemble the headshell
The cartridge head (headshell) can be disassembled in order to facilitate assembly of the pickup. Hold the
headshell while you unscrew the nut on the tone arm tube until the headshell can be pulled off. You can
mount each pickup with half-inch mounting into the headshell.
The removable headshell allows you to choose different pickups, mounted on additional headshells. Headsets
from Pro-Ject Audio can be found on the Internet at:
As an alternative to Headshell-mounted pickups, it is also possible to use pre-mounted cartridges, where the
headshell and the pickup form a unit. When using eg 2M-PnP cartridges or SPU pick-ups from Ortofon, the
adjustment of the pickup on the headshell is omitted.
If an Ortofon SPU cartridge is used, an optional counterweight is required, which can balance a
pickup weight of up to 32g.
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Mounting and connecting the cartridge
All cartridges with half inch mounting holes can be mounted. Leave the needle's protection cover on, fit the
cartridge to the headshell by using the supplied screws by passing one screw through each slot in the headshell
(12). Do not tighten the nuts yet.
Connect the tonearm wires with the cartridge pins as follows:
left channel positive (L+)
right channel positive (R+)
right channel return (R -)
left channel return (L -)
The full sound quality of the record player can only be achieved if the cartridge is adjusted correctly. Particular
tools like the Pro-Ject Audio Systems alignment tool are required to accomplish this job properly. If you are not well
acquainted with the adjustment of cartridges, please call for the willing help of your Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Please note: adjusting a cartridge and tonearm calls for the greatest care in order to avoid damaging
the cartridge or tonearm bearings. Ask your local dealer for help if you are unsure in any of the
necessary steps and precautions which must be taken.
Cartridge downforce adjustment
The counterweight (6) supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 3 - 9g (counterweight no.180).
Alternative counter-weights for cartridges weighing between 7 – 16g (counterweight no.181) and 28 – 33g
Adjust the downforce before installing the anti-skating weight.
Following adjustments have to be done very carefully. Remove cartridge protection cap. Push and turn the
counterweight (5) carefully on the rear end of the tonearm tube (8), so that the downforce scale (5a) shows
towards the front of the player. Lower the armlift and position the cartridge in the space between arm rest and
platter. Rotate the counterweight (5) until the arm tube is balanced. The arm should return to the balanced
position if it is moved up or down.
Once the arm is balanced correctly return it to the rest. Hold the counterweight (5) without moving it and gently
revolve the downforce scale ring (5a) until the zero is in vertical position. Check whether the arm still balances
Rotate the counterweight counter clockwise (seen from the front) to adjust the downforce according to the
cartridge manufacturer's recommendations. One mark on the scale represents 1 mN (= 0,1g / 0,1 Pond) of
Anti-skating force adjustment
The anti-skating mechanism is shipped partially disassembled to avoid damage during transport. For correct
installation, please follow the steps below.
Step 1:
Prepare anti-skating sliding mechanism from the accessories bag.
The anti-skating sliding mechanism is supplied with a pre-mounted anti-skating weight and thread for
mounting on the tonearm.
Step 2:
Put the eye of the anti-skating thread around the hole for the HOOK SCREW and screw the HOOK SCREW
into the tonearm through the eye of the anti-skating thread as shown in the illustration below.
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Step 3:
Put the anti-skating sliding mechanism on the end of the anti-skating support rod. The anti-skating thread
should fit into the groove in the tonearm.
Be careful when handing the anti-skating thread in order to avoid damaging it.
Step 4:
Anti-skating force adjustment:
Adjust the anti-skating force by positioning the weight on the appropriate groove of the anti-skating sliding
mechanism. Anti-skating downforce should be adjusted in correspondence with the tonearm downforce as
Tonearm downforce:
Lower than 13 mN or 1.3 grams
13–18 mN or 1.3–1.8 grams
19–25 mN or 1.9–2.5 grams
Anti-skating groove:
1st groove from bearing
2ndgroove from bearing
3rd groove from bearing
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Connection to the amplifier
The record player has gold plated female RCA phono sockets (14) so you can substitute the interconnect cables
supplied with higher quality cables such as the Pro-Ject Connect it interconnect cables for connection to the
amplifier if you wish. Use the Phono input (sometimes labelled gram, disc or RIAA) on your amplifier. Make
sure that the phono input offers correct matching and amplification for the type of cartridge used. Line inputs
(like CD, Tuner, Tape or Video) are not suitable.
Take care about connecting the left and right channel correctly. The right channel is usually marked red, the
left channel black or white. Check the manual of your amplifier for relevant information. An earthing wire may
be connected to the screw terminal between the sockets if you encounter humming problems.
If your amplifier does not have an input suitable for phono cartridges, a separate phono amplifier stage for
MM or MC cartridges is required. It has to be connected between record player and a free line level input of
the amplifier.
For detailed product information regarding Pro-Ject Audio Systems interconnect cables and phono amplifiers
please visit our website:
Mains power connection
A universal power supply with 3 exchangeable sockets adapters suitable for all countries is supplied. Select the
correct adapter for your country and insert the adapter to the exchangeable part of the power supply.
Connect the low voltage plug from the power supply to the socket (12) on the rear side of the record player
before connecting the power supply to the mains.
Fitting the lid
Fit the lid (dust cover 9) carefully over the hinge prongs and adjust the screws (11) until the lid stays open
where you want it to without being too stiff to open or close.
Switching on and off
Press the speed control button START (19) for starting the turntable. To change the speed from 33 r.p.m. to
45 r.p.m., press the START (19) button again. Speed is correct, when the LED diode stops blinking. To switch
the turntable into STAND BY mode, hold the button START (19) for 3 seconds.
For detailed product information please refer to the Pro-Ject web site
Useful tips
The lid is not only a dust cover but also a resonant structure likely to be excited by acoustic energy emanating
from your loudspeakers during replay. The lid will pass this ambient sound into the plinth. Therefore it is
recommended to remove the lid during playback for achieving a better sound quality.
The record player should be positioned on a low-resonance surface such as wood or multiple layer ply board
to avoid structural vibrations disturbing replay.
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Adjusting the vertical tracking angle (vta)
Put a record on the platter. When the needle is lowered into the record groove and the tonearm is not resting on
the lift arm, the tube of the tonearm should be parallel to the surface of the record.
If it is not, loosen both hexagon screws in the tonearm base just enough to allow vertical movement of the arm
pillar without force and slide the arm up or down until it is parallel.
Retighten the hexagon screws without applying excessive force (which would deform the arm pillar) – finger tight
is quite sufficient.
Adjusting the azimuth
The cartridge needle must be vertical in the record groove
in order to trace the groove wall modulations correctly.
A small screw at the bearing end of the arm allows incorrect
azimuth to be corrected.
Slacken off the screw just enough to be able to revolve the
arm tube without applying force. Note! Do not remove this
screw completely!
With the aid of a good magnifying glass adjust the needle until it is vertical in the groove (i.e. perpendicular
to the record's surface). Ideally this should correspond to the top surface of the cartridge body being parallel
to the record surface.
When the needle is vertical, retighten the screw carefully.
Please note: Under no circumstances should the arm tube be adjusted with the needle still in the record
groove! Irreparable damage may be caused to the cantilever suspension! The arm must be lifted to
make each adjustment and lowered afterwards to check it.
Maintenance and cleaning
Your record player requires little or no regular maintenance. Remove dust with a slightly moistened antistatic
cloth. Never use a dry cloth because this will create static electricity which attract more dust! Antistatic cleaning
fluids are available at specialist stores but must be applied sparingly to avoid damage to rubber parts. It is
recommended to fit the needle cover before cleaning or maintenance is carried out to avoid damage.
If the player is not used over a long period of time the drive belt can be removed to prevent unequal stretching.
Always disconnect the record player from the mains power supply as a precaution before maintenance!
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Technical specifications PRO-JECT 2 Xperience SB S/ Pro-Ject 9’’ S-tonearm
Nominal speeds
Speed variance
Wow and flutter
Signal to noise
Effective tonearm mass
Effective tonearm length
Power consumption
Outboard power supply
Dimensions (W x H x D)
33/45 r.p.m.
±0,15 %
±0,09 %
9 " (230mm)
4W/ >0,5W standby mode
15V DC / 800m A, 90-264V AC, 47 – 63Hz
460 x 145 x 360mm, dust cover open 460 x 400 x 445mm
8,5 kg
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Potential incorrect use and fault conditions
Pro-Ject Audio Systems turntables are manufactured to the highest standards and undergo strict quality controls
before leaving the factory. Faults that may possibly occur are not necessarily due to material or production
faults but can sometimes be caused by incorrect use or unfortunate circumstances. Therefore the following list of
common fault symptoms is included.
The platter does not turn although the unit is switched on:
• The unit is not connected to the mains power supply.
• No mains at the socket.
• Drive belt is not fitted or has slipped off.
No signal through one or other channel or both channels:
No signal contact from the cartridge to the internal tonearm wiring or from that to the arm lead or
from that to the phono box or between that and the amplifier. This could be due to a faulty plug,
broken wire or solder joint or simply loose plug/socket connection.
• Phono input not selected at amplifier.
• Amplifier not switched on.
• Amplifier or speakers defective or muted.
• No connection to the loudspeakers.
Strong hum on phono input:
• No earth connection from cartridge or arm or arm cable to amplifier, or earth loop.
Distorted or inconsistent sound from one or both channels:
Record player is connected to wrong input of amplifier, or MM/MC switch incorrectly set.
Needle or cantilever damaged.
Wrong r.p.m., drive belt overstretched or dirty, platter bearing without oil, dirty or damaged.
Should you encounter a problem which you are not able to alleviate or identify despite the above information,
please contact your dealer for further advice. Only if the problem cannot be solved there the unit should be
sent to the responsible distributor in your country.
Guarantee repairs will be accepted only if the unit is returned correctly packed in the original package. Therefore
we strongly recommend keeping the original packaging.
Never return a record player without making sure that it is safely disassembled and correctly packed in the
original packaging according to the diagrams on the last page of this user guide. Please remove the following
parts from the turntable and pack them separately: power supply socket (12), counterweight (5), anti-skating
mechanism (14) platter (4) and belt (3). Mount the cartridge protection cap. Insert the transport lock for the
tonearm (17).
The manufacturer accepts no responsibility for damage caused by not adhering to these instructions
for use and/or by transportation without the original packaging. Modification or change to any part of
the product by unauthorized persons releases the manufacturer from any liability over and above the
lawful rights of the customer.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems is a Registered Trademark of
H. Lichtenegger.
This guide was produced by: Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved.
The information was correct at the time of going to
press. The manufacturer reserves the right to make
changes to the technical specification without prior
notice as deemed necessary to uphold the ongoing
process of technical development.
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