Most highly recommended. I don't know what else comes close – Michael Fremer, Stereophile
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." – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
Fitted with Pro-Ject 8.6CC Carbon Tonearm & Ortofon 2M Red MM Cartridge
The all-new Debut Carbon Esprit SB turntable from Pro-Ject Audio takes the hugely successful, multi-award winning Carbon design and adds even more to the already impressive package.
On top of the new 8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm, new power supply method, improved motor isolation, pre-installed Ortofon 2M Red and new cable junction box found on the standard Debut Carbon
The Esprit SB version also uses a totally new speed control principle to allow for easy changing between 33 1/3 RPM and 45RPM.
The deck can also spin at 78 RPM by switching the pulley to the larger rung and setting the speed changer to '45/78' (Please Note: 78 RPM records require a special stylus - we recommend the 2M 78 Stylus for this turntable).
As well as being convenient, the speed control system also allows for smoother motor operation - further reducing unwanted resonances along with the improved motor isolation. The new motor isolation system utilises a wholly unique rubber compound developed exclusively by Ortofon to offer dramatically reduced resonance transference from the high-quality 9V motor the turntable employs.
Another sonic benefit is found in the Esprit's included platter upgrade. Acrylic is a an excellent playback platform, as it offers almost no resonance in the audible frequencies and negates the need for a slipmat which can sometimes cause problems.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB is available in three stylish, high-gloss colours.Red , White , Black
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable Adds a Built-In Pro-Ject Speed Box and 33, 45, and 78RPM Capability to an Already Incredible Analog Arsenal
Your Vinyl LPs Will Sound Fantastic on the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable: Pre-Mounted Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge and Carbon-Fiber Tonearm Included
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB turntable represents an unforgettable entryway into the world of high-end analog bliss. A seriously upgraded version of the best-selling Debut Carbon DC, the Esprit SB adds a built-in Pro-Ject speed box for superior control and also supports 33, 45, and 78RPM speeds so that every record, no matter the speed, can be played back on this finely engineered ‘table. A great-sounding carbon-fiber tonearm, best-in-class Ortofon 2M red moving-magnet cartridge, highly tuned motor, precision-based DC power supply, and vibration-damping isolation feet all come standard. The striking color options are just icing on the cake. Offering phenomenal suspension, stability, and sound for the price, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB is a remarkable audiophile value.
- 8.6" carbon tonearm
- Pro-Ject Speed Box Built-in
- Plays 33, 45 and 78RPM (78RPM with belt change)
- Heavy non-resonant acrylic platter
- New DC power supply with ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator
- Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
- New TPE motor suspension
- Ortofon 2M Red MM Phono cartridge pre-mounted
- Includes Dust Cover
Hi-Fi Choice, January 2014
Group Test Winner - Turntables £350 - £600
Reviewed By: Andrew Simpson
Sound Quality: 5 Stars
Value For Money: 5 Stars
“LIKE: Smooth sound with bags of detail; quality cartridge; top class arm”
“DISLIKE: Nothing at the price”
“WE SAY: A super bargain that’s easy to use and has a well balanced class-leading sound to it”
“The best all-rounder in the group marries quality components with an incredibly appealing price tag”
"With its carbon fibre arm, acrylic platter and Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, the Pro-Ject screams outstanding value. What really sells it is how these ingredients combine to provide a sonic recipe brimming with musical detail.
At its price it really sets the standard."
"In the ways that analog trumps digital, I'm confident the Carbon will sonically outperform any cheap CD player, particularly in terms of musical flow and general warmth. Pair it with a Bellari tubed phono preamp and play the combo for a kid weaned on MP3s and he or she is likely to start bawling. Literally. The sense of depth and spaciousness plus the image stability is impressive. Most highly recommended. I don't know what else comes close – Michael Fremer, Stereophile
The Debut Carbon nails the basics: dynamic shading and speed constancy. 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."
– Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
Debut Carbon turntable with built-in speed control
12" Acryl-IT Platter supplied
8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm
Ortofon 2M Red, pre-installed
New motor isolation system, designed by Ortofon A/S
Cable junction box included, for easy cable upgrade
New power supply method
Available in Black, Red and White High-Gloss
Future Sound Upgrade with Ortofon 2M Blue Replacement stylus for the popular 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge. & Simple Sound Upgrade for the 2M RED
Pro-Ject Audio Systems is known for its beautiful range of price-friendly turntables. As the largest turntable manufacturer in the world, the company has helped power the resurgence of vinyl, which is predicted to overtake CD in popularity within a few years. Pro-Ject also manufactures a range of hi-fi components.
Pro-Ject products are the result of an exemplary cooperation within a rapidly uniting Europe. For over fifty years record players have been designed and built at Pro-Ject's manufacturing facility in Litovel, situated to the east of Prague. This plant is one of the most advanced manufacturers of precision mechanics in the country In cooperating with this company Pro-Ject Audio Systems, located in Vienna, found the ideal partner for their plans to produce the goods that they missed from amongst the vast flood of consumer hifi products - simple, uncluttered and utterly functional products.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems is currently one of the world's leading suppliers of record players, with a range of models designed to satisfy all levels of expectation and budget. In many countries of the world customers can rely on competent service and support from Pro-Ject distributors well versed in analogue record reproduction technology. Pro-Ject products exhibit sonic performance beyond all expectations normally associated with their price. they are simple to use, maintanance free and will function reliably a lifetime long. They also offer extraordinary value for money.