Pro-Ject launches X1 B and X2 B 'True Balanced Connection' turntables

Pro-Ject X2 B
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It's the first official day of High End Munich, which means plenty of fresh hi-fi products to pore over. And that includes Pro-Ject. The company is showing off its new True Balanced Connection turntables, which focus, as the name suggests, on delivering a balanced audio connection. 

The Pro-Ject X1 B and X2 B are the new decks on display, which we're assuming are balanced versions of the existing X1 and X2 models.

Pro-Ject X1 B

(Image credit: Future)

Why? Pro-Ject says the connection, which is common in pro audio and high-end audio circles but less so in the turntable world, does a better job than an RCA cable at removing "picked up noise and interference".

Wireless networks and electronic devices create "electrosmog", as Pro-Ject calls it, which is picked up and amplified when using a standard phono cable. A balanced connection doubles the number of wires carrying the audio, inverting one of the signal lines to increase dynamics and cancel out unwanted noise.

The Pro-Ject X1 B (€999) and X2 B (€1599) join the previously launched Pro-Ject X8 turntable, and the S3 B and DS3 B phono boxes, as part of a suite of products that are capable of forming balanced systems. 

Further details are thin on the ground but we will update this story as and when we have more information. For all the news from Munich, head over to our High End 2022 round-up.

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).