Why The Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable Is Worth $2,995

Vinyl is better. Even if it isn't objectively better, it's better. If you have to ask why, then, like jazz, you'll never know.

Our friend Rafe Arnott — one of the best audio writers alive — has written a wonderful review of the Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon over at Part-Time Audiophile, and his opening paragraph really captures the psychology not just of vinyl listening, but ownership:

"Playing records is – as my good friend once told me – the audiophile version of the Japanese tea ceremony. It is all about preparation, and presentation. There is a strong visual aesthetic to the act of putting an LP on a turntable, cueing up the tonearm, and dropping the needle into the groove. If you’re not sure of how to do it, it shows, and you lose some of the inherent grace, intelligence and sophistication that having a turntable, and a record collection, connotes in many people’s minds. I mean, let’s not be coy, a well-curated collection of albums is more than just a nod to loving music, one is putting some of their most intimate, and personal moments in life on display with a wall of albums. Hell, even with just a few dozen LPs, one is exposing themselves to a level of critical judgement that many aren’t all-too comfortable in revealing through casual conversations. But playing an album while having a glass of wine with friends can be not only a cathartic emotional act of sharing, it invites empathetic conversation – or at least acknowledgement – of what intellectual stimulus the music invokes in those listening. So, in that sense owning a turntable – and the record collection that shares a symbiotic relationship with it –  is a reflection of one’s personal, mental equilibrium, or lack thereof."

Specs? Details? Some people have to know. Some know they just don't matter. Rafe understands both sides, and his writing is the bridge between them.

Read the rest of his review at Part-Time Audiophile...