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Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution 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 *
Tonearm lift lever
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm tube
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
Downforce scale
Tonearm base
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 receptacle.
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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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.
Anti-skating force adjustment
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The anti-skating force must be adjusted corresponding to the downforce as
Groove in the stub (15)
10 - 14mN
15 - 19mN
20mN and bigger
from bearing rings
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
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
The record player uses an output through a 5PIN connector (14). Use supplied Pro-Ject Connect IT 5P-E
cabel with L-shaped connector to connect the turntable 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
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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
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.
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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
33/45 rpm.
33: ±0,12%
45: ±0,11%
33: ±0,03%
45: ±0,02%
9 " (230mm)
4W/0W standby mode
15V / 1,6A DC, 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
Always disconnect the record player from the mains power supply as a precaution before
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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 player.
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.
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
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