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Pro-Ject Xtension 9 S-Shape Manual
Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution
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Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution
Controls, features and connections
Power supply socket
Stepped drive pulley
Drive belt *
Platter *
ON/OFF switch, speed selector
Tonearm counterweight *
6a Downforce scale
Tonearm lift lever
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm tube
9a Tonearm base
5-pole DIN output socket
Anti-skating weight adjustment scale
Anti-skating weight *
Anti-skating weight wire support
Headshell with finger lift
Height and force adjustable, magnet supported feet *
Lid hinges
Lid *
Motor cover
Turntable accessories
Cartridge alignment protractor
White cotton gloves
Anti-skating weight
Allen key 1.5mm
Allen key 3mm
Record puck
Spirit level
Counterweight no. 28 for cartridges with weight between 5 - 7,5g
Counterweight no. 46 for cartridges with weight between 7 - 10g
Counterweight no. 43 for cartridges with weight between 9 - 11g
Counterweight no. 29 for cartridges with weight between 10 - 14g
Centering ring
Signal cable Pro-Ject Connect IT 5P E (1,23m, already connected to the tonearm)
Universal power supply
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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 with this record player you should study these instructions
for use carefully.
Warning of a hazard for the user, the unit or possible misuse
Important notice
During assembly and adjustment of the deck small parts could be lost if not carefully placed in a suitable
Before starting assembly make yourself acquainted with the parts listed above and correspondingly numbered
in the technical drawings above. Separately packed items are marked with an asterisk *.
Safety instructions
Make sure that the power supply is easily accessible at all times. Never handle the power supply
while your hands are wet or damp.
Avoid letting liquids enter the device. Never place any item containing liquid, such as a flower vase
on or near the device. Never spill any liquid on the device. Never place any naked flame sources,
such as 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 packaged for safe transport. Carefully remove all
parts from the transport packaging. The description of all packaged parts you can find on the last page of these
instructions for use.
Screw the three feet (22) onto the threaded bolts located on the underside of the plinth. Every foot is marked
by small sticker with the correct position (FRONT LEFT, FRONT RIGHT, BACK). Make sure the surface you
wish to use the turntable on is level (use a spirit level) before placing the turntable on it.
Carefully place the platter bearing housing over the bearing axle. Put the record weight on the platter and
level the plinth using a spirit level and the adjustable feet (22).
Please note: Every foot is pre-adjusted from the factory to the correct position. Every foot has different
inside construction. The turntable was balanced in the factory before packing. Watch out for the
correct position of each foot! We recommend to fully tighten left and back foot onto the turntable
plinth. A compensation of magnetic field strength variations can be done easily by screw-adjusting
the right foot.
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To adjust the feet, turn the small locking screw placed in the upper part of the feet about 180 degrees.
Then screw the upper part by the screwdriver down to make the feet stronger.
Please note: We do not accept any liability to damages to internal magnet assembly, when readjustment is done by unqualified personnel. So keep in mind that any adjustment of foot settings, is
done on your own risk. If you are not sure or need further assistance, please contact your local
dealer or distribution!
Fit the drive belt (3) around the platter (4) and the smaller diameter part of 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.
Put the pulley cover on its rests.
Please note: We recommend to use the record player without a mat on the platter.
Fitting and connecting the cartridge
All cartridges with half inch mounting holes can be fitted. Leaving the needle's protection cover on, fit the
cartridge to the headshell using the screws supplied with the cartridge by passing one screw through each
slot in the headshell (21). Do not tighten the nuts yet.
Connect the tonearm wires to the cartridge pins as follows:
left channel positive (L+)
right channel pos. (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 correctly adjusted. Particular
tools like the Pro-Ject alignment tool are required to accomplish this job properly.
If you are not well acquainted with the adjustment of cartridges you are advised to call upon the willing help of
your Pro-Ject dealer to accomplish this task for you.
Please note: Adjusting a cartridge and tonearm calls for the greatest care in order to avoid damaging
the cartridge or tonearm bearings. Leave this work to your dealer if you are in any way unsure of the
necessary steps and precautions to be taken.
Cartridge downforce adjustment
The counterweight (6) supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 5 – 7,5g (counterweight no. 28),
7 - 10g (counterweight no. 46), 9 - 11g (counterweight no. 43) and 10 - 14g (counterweight no. 29).
Alternative counterweight for cartridges weighing between 15 - 22g (counterweight no. 33) is available as
accessory parts.
Pushing carefully, turn the counterweight (6) onto the rear end of the tonearm tube (9), so that the downforce
scale (6a) shows towards the front of the player. Lower the armlift and position the cartridge in the space
between arm rest and platter. Carefully rotate the counterweight (6) until the armtube balances out. The arm
should return to the balanced position if it is moved up or down. This adjustment must be done carefully. Do
not forget to remove the cartridge protection cap if fitted.
Once the arm is correctly balanced return it to the rest. Hold the counterweight (6) without moving it, and gently
revolve the downforce scale ring (6a) until the zero is in line with the anti-skating stub (15). Check whether the
arm still balances out.
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
the down-force.
Please note: Adjust the downforce prior to installing the anti-skating weight.
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Anti-skating force adjustment
The anti-skating force must be adjusted corresponding to the downforce as follows:
Groove in the stub (15)
10 - 14mN
1st from bearing rings
15 - 19mN
20mN and bigger
Hang the loop of the thread of the anti-skating weight in the groove of the anti-skating stub (15) corresponding
to the downforce applied to your cartridge and hang the thread in the groove of the wire support (17).
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 if your needle is not mounted exactly perpendicular to the
cartridge body (which is often the case).
Slacken off the screw just enough to be able to revolve the arm tube
without applying force. Note! Do not remove the 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, but in practice this is often not the case.
When you are satisfied that 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.
Adjusting the vertical tracking angle (VTA)
Put a record and the record weight 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 allen 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.
Carefully retighten the allen screws without applying excessive force (which would deform the arm pillar) –
finger tight is quite sufficient.
Connection to the amplifier
Connect the tonearm cables to 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 (such as CD, Tuner, Tape or Video) are not suitable.
Take care to connect the left and right channels correctly. The right channel is usually marked red, the left
channel black or white. Check the manual supplied with your amplifier for relevant information. An earthing
wire may be connected to the screw terminal on your amplifier you encounter hum problems when using the
record player.
If your amplifier does not have an input suitable for phono cartridges you will require a separate phono
amplifier stage for MM or MC cartridges which is then connected between the record player and a free line
level input of the amplifier.
For detailed product information regarding Pro-Ject Audio interconnect cables and phono amplifiers please
refer to the Pro-Ject web site
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Mains power connection
The turntable is supplied with the universal power supply with 3 exchangeable sockets adapters suitable for
all countries. 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 (1) on the rear of the record player before
connecting the power supply to the mains.
Fitting the lid
Fit the lid (dust cover 24) carefully over the hinge prongs and adjust the screws (23) until the lid stays open
where you want it to without being too stiff to open or close.
Starting the motor, changing replay speed
Press the button START to start the turntable. For change the speed from 33 r.p.m. to 45 r.p.m., please press
the START button again. Speed is correct, when the LED diode stops blinking. To switch turntable to STAND
BY mode, please hold the button START for 3 seconds.
Useful tips
The base and 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.
Technical specifications
Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution / Pro-Ject 9cc Evolution
Electronic speed change
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)
Lenght Connect it connection cable
Capacity tonearm cable
33/45 rpm.
max. ±0,09 %
max. ±0,1 %
9 " (230mm)
4W/0W standby mode
15V / 0 - 0.8mA DC (set at 0.5mA), universal power supply
465 x 185 x 350mm, dust cover open 465 x 440 x 420mm
1,23 m
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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Potential incorrect use and fault conditions
Pro-Ject 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 doesn't 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 when the problem cannot be resolved there should the
unit be sent to the responsible distributor in your country.
Guarantee repairs will only be effected if the unit is returned correctly packaged. For this reason we recommend
keeping the original packaging.
Never return a record player without making sure that is it safely disassembled and correctly packaged in the
original packaging according to the diagrams on the last page of this user guide. Please remove these parts
and pack them separately: lid (10), counterweight (6), anti-skating weight (16) platter (5) and belt (3). Fit the
cartridge protection cap. Insert the transport lock for the tonearm (18) prior to carefully packaging the record
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 release the manufacturer from any liability over and above
the lawful rights of the customer.
PRO-JECT is a Registered Trademark of H. Lichtenegger. The information was correct at the time of going to
press. The manufacturer reserves the right to make
This guide was produced by: Pro-Ject Audio Systems
changes to the technical specification without prior
Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.
notice as deemed necessary to uphold the ongoing
process of technical development.
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