Pro-Ject Debut Carbon
Build Quality
4.8 / 5
Features
4.5 / 5
Value
4.5 / 5
Overall Review Score
4.6 / 5
Community Score
4.4 / 5

Pros:

Excellent sound quality, carbon tonearm, Ortofon cartridge included.

Cons:

Price, some balancing required.

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Pro-Ject has now once again challenged convention with the Debut Carbon, offering even better performance at an accessible price. The upgrades over the Debut III are numerous, including the addition of an 8.6" completely carbon fiber tonearm that increases stiffness while decreasing unwanted resonances.

Specifications

  • Size is 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • 8.6" carbon tonearm
  • Increased platter size with more weight
  • Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
  • New Sorbothane motor suspension
  • Ortofon 2M Red cartridge

Listening Experience

Fitted to the carbon fiber arm is a true high-end cartridge, the 2M Red by Ortofon. This arm/cartridge combination is quite capable of exceptional tracking and recovery of the musical nuance found within the records grooves. This excellent upgrade takes this analog package to a higher performance level. The Debut Carbon nails the basics: dynamic shading and speed constancy.

Conclusion

The essentials of what we call 'rhythm and pace' are impressive. Whether for first-time turntable buyers or anyone wishing to enjoy high-quality LP playback without spending a lot of money, Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon is a great way to go.

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