- Category: Turntable Reviews
- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 16 August 2012
Conclusions about the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable
Vinyl is experiencing a resurrection in the marketplace, but is an intimidating world for many to enter. For many used to CD players or digital downloads that just play and don't require any tweaking, it is often overwhelming to enter the world of analog and all the adjustments it can entail. Pro-Ject has done a wonderful job of producing a table that someone new to vinyl, or returning after an absence, can remove from the box, quickly assemble, and be ready to start playing without any fussiness.
Compared to the budget table I started with a few years ago, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon offers better bass and soundstaging, with a wide variety of upgrades available that allow the performance to really grow. It also looks far cooler to all my guests with the bright red finish of my review unit really standing out in my rack. The Carbon is an exceptional performer for the price, and is highly recommended for those that want to add a turntable into their system. Out of the box it is great and only gets better as you add a Acryl-It platter and Speed Box II control to it. As your love of vinyl grows you can go ahead and upgrade the cartridge as well and get even more performance out of the Carbon tonearm and platter than the very capable Ortofon 2M Red can do.
If you're a fan of modern rock at all, you really need to get a turntable into your system, as digital music is often far more compressed than the analog master is now, no matter how good the digital section of your system is. Adding a turntable and some of your favorite titles on vinyl will let you hear what you've been missing and the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is an ideal place for making that leap.