The RPM 10 Record Player by Pro-Ject Audio Systems
I’m not really going to talk about the RPM 10 Record Player by Pro-Ject Audio Systems. I’m going to talk about what these record players stand for. The funny thing about the modern audiophile record player is the record player inevitably likes to display every piece and part of the machine as if it were crafted from gold. I, personally, find this aesthetic a bit ugly in its purity and spartanism. Each one of these record players has a base, a record plate, a tone arm, and needle, and a belt driven motor. Let’s start with the arm. Why can’t this ever be anything fun like it being in the actual shape of an arm?! Then, take the record plate. This plate is made to be massive and heavy to keep the speed of the record more consistent due to the inertia of this plate. This plate is often made of translucent glass or acrylic. Again, I don’t see why items couldn’t be embedded in the glass to give it some texture. All I want is a flourish of some kind! Is that too much to ask? But for you serious audiophiles, get out your high thread-count comforter, get out your precisely positioned Eames Lounge Chair that you paid an expert to find the sonic inflection point in your den, get out your velcro attached foam dampers, get out your 80 mil red virgin vinyl copy of Stereo Review’s Stereo Demonstration Record, and get out your checkbook because you are going to be paying around ten grand for one of these machines.