Pro-Ject RM5.1SE Turntable
The first thing you notice about the Pro-Ject RM5.1SE is the styling: modern and sleek, with a piano finish. But what you'll really appreciate is all the quality engineering in this belt-drive audiophile turntable. The plinth is made from acoustically dead MDF for zero resonance, and the platter is also MDF with an integrated vinyl mat. The 16 VDC motor is quiet and powerful, bringing time accuracy and pace to the music. The carbon fiber tonearm is mated to precision bearings enabling the arm to travel smooth arc.
Similar to other audiophile turntables built at a reasonable price point, this Pro-Ject turntable was designed for listening at 33.33 RPM as the default. If you want to change the speed to 45, you'll need to manually move the belt on the pulley. That's no big deal, but if you need to switch often consider purchasing the additional electronic control Speedbox.
The RM5.1SE comes stock equipped with a Sumiko Blue Point high-output moving coil cartridge, and includes a record clamp. It's an unbeatable value for a high-end player, and would be a fine addition to your audiophile set up.