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Pro-ject Debut Carbon review

Features:

  • 8.6” carbon tonearm
  • Increased platter size with more weight
  • Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
  • New DC power supply with ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability.
  • New TPE motor suspension
  • Felt mat
  • Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge
  • 7 high-gloss colours
  • Dust cover included

Pros:

  • exceptional sound detail and quality
  • strongly built body with a superb cartridge and tonearm

Cons:

  • the speed can only be changed manually. 
  • The motor has a rather loud hum
  • If any vibration comes through it, it’s no good, since there is no suspension to isolate it. 

If you do decide to purchase one, you will receive the turntable equipped:

  • Debut Carbon (DC) with Ortofon 2M red
  • Power supply
  • Dust cover
  • Felt mat
  • Adapter for 7“ singles
  • Connect it E RCA Cable

To learn more at what you can expect from the product, here’s a quick unboxing video:

We are reviewing one of the best-selling turntables in the world – the Debut Carbon from Project audio systems. Project was actually launched by a music lover and audio distributor back in the early 90s. The hope was that by creating a line of quality yet affordable turntables, that could help revive a dying vinyl industry. At the time they had no way of knowing that over 25 years later their turntable would be at the forefront of a booming vinyl Renaissance. There’s something special about putting the needle down adhering the warmth of a vinyl record. 

The Debut Carbon is a manual turntable. This means that if you want to play a 45 you simply lift off the platter and move the belt to the 45 pulley, replace the platter and lower the tonearm onto the record. Debut Carbon is simple, sounds fantastic and can be setup in around three minutes. 

Before we dive in, let’s just take a second to talk about how fantastic this turntable looks. It’s a straightforward clean design that will never go out of style. This high-gloss black is a classic look,  it may not be for everybody. Lucky for you, the Project Debut Carbon is alsoavailable in shiny red, green, blue, yellow silver or white. 

One thing that may have jumped out at you at first glance is the Carbon fiber tone arm. This is where the Debut Carbon gets its name. Not only does it look great, but it’s also durable lightweight and from a sound perspective, it’s virtually immune to resonance. Typically you’ll only find Carbon fiber tone arms on much more expensive turntables, so this is really unique in its class. The photo cartridge provided with the Debut Carbon is the Ortofon 2M red. 100$ cartridge on its own, getting one of these with a turntable at this price is a great deal. These moving magnet cartridges work with any phone or stage, have a really nice neutral sound. Combination of the carbon fiber tone arm and the Ortofon 2M red funnel cartridge allows the precision stylus tip to precisely track the grooves on your records without jumping around. Not only will this result in less distortion but it will also prevent unnecessary wear on your favorite and often valuable LPS. 

One really important element of any quality turntable is speed stability, without it your music will never sound quite right. In older versions of this turntable, Project offered an optional speed box to improve the stability. With the new DC model, however, Project is built one directly into the table itself. Not only does this create consistent speeds but it also reduces vibrations, that can negatively affect the sound. 

While more expensive tables can certainly produce deeper bass and acoustic isolation, the Debut Carbon can hold its own against anything even close to its price. If you have large speakers, that are capable of deep bass performance, you may not want to put this turntable right next to them. For most speakers, however, the debuted carbon will perform well, even on the same surface. 

This is an awesome starter system for anyone looking to get into line whether you’re looking to replace an old turntable or this will be your first. The Debut Carbon should be at the top of your list. In all its iterations over the years, it’s always been one of the best values in audio and the newest model continues to raise the bar. The combination of the Carbon fiber tone arm and speed control coupled with the outstanding performance of horta faun red cartridge provides a great experience.

How to set-up and use the Pro-ject Sebut Carbon DC turntable:

Conclusion:

Rro-ject Debut Carbon is for music fans that know their way around turntables already. Outright beginners may find this piece a little bit challenging to set up and use, specifically with the absence of automatic functions.

Nonetheless, this effort is certainly settled by the higher quality of music you’ll get to enjoy.

If you’re trying to find a piece that can upgrade your experience from an entry-level turntable, and you are ready to pay for the additional price, after that we definitely recommend this turntable.

It’s not the latest turntable around, as well as the competition may be difficult, yet also after a few years it has confirmed that it’s still among the class leaders at this cost.

 

 

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