"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