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"This Turntable Rocks!"
Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC offers a highly desirable audiophile-design turntable that comes complete with carbon tonearm, DC power supply, and electronic speed control. If this is entry level, it's entry level like you've never experienced it before. It even includes a great-sounding phono cartridge, the Ortofon 2M Red. The new DC power supply takes AC from the wall, converts it to DC, then converts it back to AC for the motor.
"This turntable rocks! Leave it as it is, do not change a thing," reports Dieter Zach in his July 2013 review for Germany's LP magazine. "A standard recommendation would be 'a better cartridge will give even better results,' but not this time. Everything here is fine! This combination shows no shortcomings."
The Continuing Evolution of the Debut
The first Debut turntable from Pro-Ject introduced in the late 1990s was a groundbreaking component in the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of the compact disc and the widely reported demise of vinyl records as a popular playback medium, an analog product re-emerged in the mass market and introduced a whole new generation of listeners to the turntable. Best of all, the original Debut was a product that all music lovers could afford.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC has been designed to set new standards the affordable turntable category for the coming decade. Its debut is perfectly timed as analog today is again a respected source, while the demand for affordable, good sounding turntables steadily continues to increase.
Carbon Fiber Tube Tonearm
The most obvious improvement over the original model of the Debut is the inclusion of a high-tech carbon tube for the tonearm, which increases stiffness, decreases unwanted resonance, and eliminates coloration. This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but due to its high cost was never used in products at lower price levels. But it's here with the very affordable Debut Carbon SB DC with an advanced 8.6" carbon tonearm.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC also includes other improvements over the original Debut turntable. These enhancements include an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation. A new design in motor suspension using vibration absorbing sorbothane contributes to the greatly improved overall sound quality.
The belt drive design offers low extremely low noise with effective motor decoupling utilizing TPE damping.
Electronic Speed Control
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC offers electronic speed control at the push of a button, thanks to the built-in Pro-Ject Speed Box electronic speed control. No fumbling with belts and pulleys when you want to change speed. The quartz regulation and filter circuit used by the Speed Box deliver superior speed stability for smooth and undisturbed motor operation.
Includes an Ortofon Cartridge
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC not only includes a factory installed carbon tonearm, but it also comes with an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet phono cartridge that's installed and ready to go. And because the Debut Carbon is easy to set up and operate, you'll be enjoying the pleasures of vinyl within minutes of opening the box!
"This device rocks. Leave it as it is, do not change a thing. A standard recommendation would be 'a better cartridge will give even better results,' but not this time. Everything here is fine! This combination shows no shortcomings."
- Dieter Zach, Germany's LP magazine, July 2013
Audio Advisor - How to Unbox and Set up the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable
|Write Your Own Review|
Everything I read about the quality of Pro-Ject turntable lived up to the hype. Great looking 'table which people are always commenting about. Incredible dynamics when compared to my older turntable. Records are much quieter, too, which lets the music emerge cleaner and clearer. I was a fan of vinly before, but the Esprit has really put it over the top for me. I'm buying lots and lots of used records - and cleaning them by the way with my Record Doctor LP cleaning machine. Very Happy!
|- Vinyl Junkie!, CA|
Listening for one week now and am extremely satisfied. My Audio Advisor sales guy - Kaan - offered to talk me through the set up and even gave me his cell phone number ! but there was no need. Set up took me only a few minutes and the Esprit has been performing perfectly ever since. Music never sounded better - clear, natural, and sweet. If you are considering this model - buy it! You will not regret it! Highly Recommended!
|- Starman, OR|
|My records never sounded this good|
My mother showed me a picture the other day with headphones on listening to records when I was five years old! After forty years of listening this is the best turntable I ahve owned - by far. I was considering more expensive models from VPI and Music Hall but this one caught my eye and the salesman Joe confirmed for me what a great value this one was. So glad I got it. My records never sounded this good. Set up was painless. My next purchase will be the Parasound Z-Phono-USB phono preamp so I can archive my growing vinyl collection. Recommended.
|- Timothy R, IN|
|Fantastic for the Price|
Fantastic turntable for the price. Sound is great with the stock cartridge. I just love the acrylic platter and the speed control switch it such a great idea - why don't most other belt-drive turntable makers do this?
|- Francisco D, FL|
|Amazing for the price|
This thing is amazing. Comes with a red ortofon which was satisfactory. I couldn't resist upgrading to blue which made my vinyls sound more lively. I considered more expensive brands but the upgrade puts in the same class as others that sell for twice the price without a good cartridge included
|- Steven D, CO|
|Best I've Heard|
Incredible sound. Best record player I've ever owned.
|- Clarence W, OK|
|Thought my old turntable was pretty good. I was wrong|
Replaced a vintage Technics SL-1600. I thought the Technics 'table was pretty good. I wasn't prepared for the big sound improvement with the ProJect, even though I used the same cartridge from the SL-1600. Love the 33/45 rpm speed control and the acrylic platter. Plus this Project model comes with a terrific Ortofon 2m Red cartridge. Highly recommended.
|- Rhapsody B, MS|
Excellent product. Highly recommended.
|- Charles A, TN|
I researched the best turntables for under $800 and I think Esprit is the best value at under $800. The tables plith is beautiful and the acrylic platter, tone-arm and Ortofon 2M cartridge make this a real budget audiophile grade record player. Well done!
|- Peter P, MO|
|Buy with no hesitation|
If you are considering buying this turntable purchase it with no hesitation. This turntable is beautiful to look at and amazing to listen to. Very easy to set up and comes with a highly recommended cartridge installed from the manufacturer. The speed control is a great feature and hard to find at this price point. It will be all you need for many years to come.
|- Francis D, NY|
Before settling in for a listen I made some notes: very well packed, easy to set up, sounds great, no hum, no static issues, beautiful in appearance and sound! The extra cost over the Debut Carbon is a no brainer considering the cost of the upgrades far exceeds the cost difference between the two machines. My only complaint is that I'm not staying up far to late listening to my old LPs.
|- David W, FL|
I was looking for a good turntable that was easy to set up and chose the Esprit. I have a bunch of old LPs I have been dying to listen to. Received the 'table in just two days. Twenty minutes later I was listening to vinyl. This is a sweet sounding turntable made with high quality parts. Love the carbon fiber arm and acrylic platter. I think it sounds better than my Musical Fidelity VDAC set up. Only the highest resolution 24-bit files give it a run for the money. I bought the Esprit in red and it looks great on top of my rack.
|- Chris V, UT|
This turntable is awesome. I wasnt prepared for how much better LPs sound than CDs on my NAD player. I wasnt sure if I should get the regular Debut Carbon or the Carbon Espirit. A salesman - Tim - at Audio Advisor helped me decide on the Espirit. It has a better platter and electric 33-45 rpm speed control. I got the red one and it looks great.
|- Irene T, MA|