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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Turntable

$879.00 inc. GST

The original Pro-Ject Debut was released in the late 1990’s during a time when CD was king! The vinyl format was presumed to be all but gone but, well over a decade later, the Debut still stands and, now in its 5th generation, it has become an integral part of the rejuvenated vinyl and ‘budget audiophile’ turntable category. The Debut, with its carbon-fibre tonearm, upgraded DC power supply and critically acclaimed Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, symbolises all that is good about playing vinyl; it is easy to set-up and fantastic to listen to, with the right mix of user-friendliness and opportunities to tweak and upgrade.

Description

An Evolution of Design and Implementation

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO was to be the latest evolution of the Debut turntable but, what has arrived some twenty years after Debut Carbon DC is a significant step up in build quality and design.

  • The 8.6″ carbon fibre tonearm is now a composite of aluminium and carbon-fibre, each material supporting the other to minimise vibration.
  • The 12″ pressed steel platter  now has a thick ring of spongy rubber-like TPE plastic to add peripheral mass and damp ringing in the metal.
  • The bearings are all machined and assembled to lower tolerances.
  • And, best of all, the hidden power switch now switches between 33.33 and 45rpm without removing the platter. In the past, 45rpm wasn’t a format for grown-ups but, these days, more and more album re-issues are coming out on 45rpm double-albums – which usually sound better, by the way – whilst their 33rpm versions lay in a tangle of copyright restrictions.
  • The Debut motor isolation system employs more TPE plastic compound to eliminate audible noise transfer from the motor and improve speed stability.

The Debut Carbon EVO also sees a refresh of Pro-Ject’s famous colours! Not only is the Debut Carbon EVO available in the gloss black, red and white finishes but, for the same cost, you can also choose from six statement-making satin finishes: black, white, steel blue, fir green, golden yellow and (my favourite) walnut timber veneer.

Key Features:
• 8.6″ one-piece aluminium/carbon fibre tone-arm, (never found on budget turntables due to high production costs).
• High-quality cast metal counterweight – helping further reduce unwanted resonance.
• Three adjustable isolation feet.
• 12″ damped steel platter.
• Junction box installed, allowing for the easy upgrade of turntable interconnects.
•  New low-noise DC power supply.
•  Ortofon 2M Red ($189) moving magnet pickup cartridge included.
•  NINE finishes available.
•  Lid included

When Debut ‘debuted,’ twenty years ago, it was under $400 so, in 2021 at $939rrp, Pro-Ject Debut EVO isn’t a ‘cheap and cheerful’ deck anymore.  Its evolution of features and performance is so far-flung, and yet  Debut EVO still eminently affordable and better sounding than anything that Pro-Ject has made under $1100! If you think you can stretch from a cheaper deck, then Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO will reward with some of the best sound you’ll hear in its category. In terms of value for money, Debut is better then ever.

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