Turntable Reviews

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable


Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable Design and Setup

Turntable setup is much different than a disc player, and so Pro-Ject has tried to make it as easy as possible for those getting started. The Ortofon 2M Red MM cartridge is pre-mounted to the carbon arm and is almost ready to go. Installing the arm counterweight is a relatively simple process but will require that you have access to a scale to verify the load. My 2M Red cartridge was just slightly misaligned, but 5 minutes with a screwdriver and the included alignment tools and everything was setup and ready to go.

Out of the box and in glossy red the Debut Carbon is a striking table. The top of the table is very clean, with the power switch hidden away under the plinth and the belt located under the platter. Pro-Ject has done away with the captive phono cables that are typical on budget tables, so you are free to upgrade the phono cables to a higher quality cable if you wish, or to just install a cable of the correct length to avoid a rats nest of cables in your AV rack. Pro-Ject also includes a dust cover to keep the table clean, though I prefer not having to deal with it and left it uninstalled for my testing.

The Debut Carbon comes ready to go, other than a phono amp, but they offer a range of upgrades for the table as well. The Speed Box II replaces the standard wall-wart power supply with an external box that offers a quartz clock generated power supply to allow for both more accurate speed control, and push-button 45 RPM playback so you no longer need to adjust a belt. There is also an acrylic platter, the Acryl-It, to replace the standard metal platter and felt mat that offers lower resonance and no static electricity.