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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge (Gloss Black)

Item # 252DBCDCGB

Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon turntable is one of the best values out there for enjoying the warm, natural sound of vinyl.

Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon turntable is one of the best values out there for enjoying the warm, natural sound of vinyl.

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About the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)

A great performer just got even better

We've always been super-impressed with Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon turntable. We think it's one of the best values out there for enjoying the warm, natural sound of vinyl. And judging by our customers' overwhelmingly positive reviews, they feel the same way we do.

A great performer just got even better

We've always been super-impressed with Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon turntable. We think it's one of the best values out there for enjoying the warm, natural sound of vinyl. And judging by our customers' overwhelmingly positive reviews, they feel the same way we do.

So when we found out that Pro-Ject was updating the Carbon's design, we were more than a little skeptical. Why mess with success, right? Well, we needn't have worried. The experts at Pro-Ject kept all of the key elements that made the Carbon so great, and added a couple of significant tweaks to make it even better.

What's new with the Carbon (DC)?

The first thing Pro-Ject did was to give the Debut Carbon (DC) a new power supply with a precision built-in frequency generator (like their Speed Box) — increasing the turntable's speed stability while decreasing unwanted motor vibration. This extra degree of accuracy and smoothness gives you a more focused stereo image, tighter bass, and greater detail than before. Then, Pro-Ject added new TPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) dampers to the motor mounts to better decouple and isolate it from the 'table's chassis, reducing motor noise and rumble to a bare minimum. The result is a turntable that delivers sonic performance rarely found on models in its price range.   

Crafted for serious sound

The Debut Carbon (DC)'s one-piece carbon fiber tonearm provides greatly increased stiffness compared to typical aluminum tonearms, while reducing unwanted resonance that colors sound. The turntable's sturdy MDF chassis rests on shock absorbing rubber feet that provide a solid, low-resonance foundation. Its heavy 12" steel platter spins on a precision axle and bearing for excellent speed stability and smooth, silent rotation. The belt drive system and new TPE motor mounts isolate the motor's vibration from the chassis to prevent noise from being transferred to the cartridge, and on to your amplifier and speakers.

Get the best sound, without the hassle

Pro-Ject knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why the Debut Carbon (DC) comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its pre-matched, factory-mounted phono cartridge and tonearm take the guesswork out of installation, and give you optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few simple steps to dial in key settings like tracking force and anti-skating, are all it takes to get this player primed and ready to deliver spacious, detailed music. If you've never experienced the relaxed sound that vinyl is famous for, what are you waiting for?

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Product highlights:

  • DC power supply with ultra-precision frequency DC-driven AC generator for outstanding speed stability
  • upgraded motor suspension with TPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) damping for silent operation
  • one-piece carbon fiber tonearm for superior rigidity and low resonance
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge
  • heavy 12" steel platter with felt mat provides excellent speed stability and protects records from scratches
  • precision stainless-steel bearing system for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with four shock absorbing rubber feet
  • synchronous AC motor decoupled from base for reduced vibration transmission
  • manual operation with silicone-damped tonearm lift
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variation: ±0.8%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.10%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 68dB
  • frequency range (with included cartridge): 20-22,000 Hz
  • channel separation (with included cartridge): >22dB
  • gold-plated RCA audio jacks (47" Stereo RCA cable w/ ground wire included)
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • weight: 12.4 lbs.
  • 16-3/8"W x 4-11/16"H (with dust cover down) x 13-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years (1 year warranty for the supplied cartridge)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
  • MFR # Debut Carbon DC-GB

What's in the box:

  • Turntable (tonearm and cartridge installed)
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug adapters (US/UK/EU)
  • Metal platter
  • Hub (installed)
  • Drive belt (installed)
  • Felt mat
  • 47" Stereo RCA cable (w/ ground wire)
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Anti-skate weight
  • Counter weight
  • Head-shell weight
  • Dust cover
  • Plastic hook-tool
  • Hex-key
  • Instructions For Use
  • Two-Point Cartridge Alignment Protractor

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 68
Wow and Flutter 0.1
Weight 12.4 lbs.

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Features

Resonance-Reducing Construction: The attractive resonance-reducing MDF plinth supports a heavier 12" (300mm) diameter metal platter for smoother rotation and lower wow and flutter. Additionally, a felt record mat is employed for superior record support and coupling. The platter and plinth assembly sits upon four-point "O"-ring feet designed for energy absorption and the plinth-mounted motor is isolated by a new TPE suspension keeping unwanted noise and vibration to a bare minimum. The motor is even decoupled from the plinth to reduce vibration transmission.

Note: The turntable should be positioned on a low-resonance surface such as wood or multiple layer ply-board to avoid structural vibrations disturbing replay.

High-Fidelity Sound: The 8.6" single-piece tube carbon fiber tone-arm that increases stiffness while decreasing unwanted resonances resulting in a higher fidelity presentation of your vinyl recordings. Fitted to the carbon fiber arm is a true high-end cartridge, the 2M Red moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge by Ortofon. This arm/cartridge combination is capable of exceptional tracking and recovery of the musical nuance found within the record's grooves.

Belt Driven: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon features a quiet running AC motor with a two-step pulley which drives the hub and platter via a flat-ground belt. The Debut Carbon supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds.

RCA Output Jacks: Plinth mounted RCA output jacks allow for the use of higher quality interconnects for even better sonic performance. Connect the turntable to the Phono input of your home receiver.

Note: If your receiver does not have a suitable Phono MM input, a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately) is required to connect the turntable to your amplifier.

Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

AC Power Adapter: The turntable operates off of standard household current using the supplied external AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 0.35A
  • Output: 15V - 0.8A (0.5A)

Colors: Available in high-gloss black, red or white piano lacquer finish.

 

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great reviews [ STEVE  Aug 27, 2019 ]
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I need a quality TT for digitizing my old vinyl and this one had great reviews plus a built in Ortofon, I only have a couple 45's so changing speeds speeds is not a problem and I have a B & K preamp. [ STUART  Aug 02, 2019 ]
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Recommended by a friend who has the same brand of turntable and also shops at Crutchfield. [ Paul  Jun 16, 2019 ]
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I have been researching turntables for a while now and I came across the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and wow !! The reviews are excellent and I have watched all the videos which are all positive. Best TT under $500 !! [ TONY  May 03, 2019 ]
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great reviews, looks nice, and comes with a pretty good starter cartridge. [ John Bennett  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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great reviews ! [ chris  Jan 22, 2019 ]
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A youtube video on the top 5 turnable under $500 rated this one very high. [ donald  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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117 satisfied customers can't be wrong. [ FELIX  Dec 19, 2018 ]
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We have this turntable and it is fabulous. I'm buying another one to give as a gift! [ Louise  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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Reviews were great and Archer convinced me this turntable was for me [ Michael W.  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Confidence in Crutchfield, online reviews, and competitive pricing. [ Jonathan  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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Christmas Present [ Lorraine  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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quality [ richard  Nov 08, 2018 ]
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Good reviews. Great price in the outlet store. [ Joseph  Oct 16, 2018 ]
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Reviews and advisor recommendation. [ Armando  Oct 03, 2018 ]
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Just adding a highly recommended turntable to my setup to enjoy the sound of vinyl again! Read so much great stuff about this turntable!! [ CLARENCE E  Sep 18, 2018 ]
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Old Bang & Olufsen died. Want to listen to my old collection of vinyl records again. My amp has phono inputs. I am not going to record to digital. Based on reviews and Crutchfield recommendation seemed to meet my needs. Good basic player, good cartridge, no frills needed. Price is a factor, and with scratch & dent, was great deal. [ kenneth  Aug 04, 2018 ]
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for my husbands birthday. my boy said it the one to get! [ Rebecca  Jun 20, 2018 ]
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Cost for the features it has was my overall decision. Plus good reviews from owners. [ richard  Apr 29, 2018 ]
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This turntable model appears to have the fewest technical problems, all of which should be able to be resolved by the user, than any other turntable under $500. [ Stephen  Apr 18, 2018 ]
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Your rep Allison worked with me on selecting the right turntable for me. [ AL  Mar 08, 2018 ]
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Got advice from Joey thanks [ U  Feb 28, 2018 ]
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Favorable reviews, ortofon cartridge, belt drive, styling, no internal preamp [ T  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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Good reviews. Does not have a built-in phono amp. Comes with a great cartridge. [ W  Jan 06, 2018 ]
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Based on the great reviews. [ Norman  Dec 12, 2017 ]
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features avl for the price and positive reviews on the item [ craig  Nov 27, 2017 ]
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Awesome reviews an packed with high end features for a lower pricepoint [ Michael  Nov 26, 2017 ]
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Awsome price and specs. [ Gary  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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Great specs, great customer reviews for an entry level turntable [ RONALD  Nov 19, 2017 ]
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I WAS INFORMED THAT PRO-JECT WAS GREAT ITEM [ Steven  Oct 14, 2017 ]
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This turntable is priced right and includes features that satisfy my desire for hi-end qualities and don't tip the cart total. It has a 2M Red stylus and no built in pre-amp so I am able to upgrade these as time and my listening distinction improves. [ clayton  Aug 18, 2017 ]
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Very solid recommendations and doesn't break the bank. [ Alex  Aug 06, 2017 ]
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For my husband on our 14th wedding anniversary [ Gary  Jun 28, 2017 ]
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I spent a good deal of time researching turntables that were dependable, of high quality, and reasonable priced on the high-end spectrum. Customer reviews on product quality, coupled with my attraction to the product's layout and aesthetic, really set the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon apart from the rest. [ J  May 19, 2017 ]
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This was the obvious choice for an extra $40 over the lower tier Pro-Ject. I don't mind a few scratches of dents as long as it sounds great. [ Mike  May 06, 2017 ]
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Good quality vs. price. May like to exchange it for the same Project Carbon player but up one level and is now on sale because it has a USB port? [ Herbert  Apr 22, 2017 ]
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Excellent reviews everywhere. [ Daniel  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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Needed Audiophile quality TT replacement and of course Great Reviews.... [ Madhav  Apr 08, 2017 ]
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I absolutely love this product. It sounds great and is built very well. I bought another turn table from Crutchfields and it had some problems and the Crutchfield recommended this turntable as a replacement. The Crutchfield team was fantastic and you could not ask for better customer service which is not easy to find these days. I will buy all my audio products from Crutchfields you can not go wrong with this vendor [ Sean  Mar 26, 2017 ]
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Reviews on Crutchfield of the turntable. [ Richard  Mar 25, 2017 ]
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Looks amazing ad great reviews [ ASHISH  Mar 18, 2017 ]
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Reviews [ C  Mar 15, 2017 ]
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Affordable and better quality for the price point. [ SURENDRA  Mar 08, 2017 ]
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wanted it for a while [ DUSTIN  Mar 03, 2017 ]
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Received good reviews. [ ALAN  Jan 29, 2017 ]
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I have been researching turntables for a couple of years, and this product is consistently rated very highly. Also, a friend of mine has this turntable, and he highly recommended it. [ Al  Jan 27, 2017 ]
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reviews [ Kevin  Dec 17, 2016 ]
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The music goes round and around. [ GEORGE  Dec 16, 2016 ]
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Crutchfield Advisor informed me that this turntable would be a good fit with my existing Pro-Ject Tube Box S preamp. [ David  Dec 10, 2016 ]
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positive reviews, clean design, no USB, recent upgrades [particularly the cartridge] [ Robert  Dec 04, 2016 ]
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I enjoy sitting and listening to my vinyl collection. Vinyl music is more true and natural to concert delivery as compared to digital formats. During our chat session, Crutchfield's advisors listened to me as I described my listening habits, and my turntable choice was based on their recommendation. I have owned lesser expensive, name brand turntables, but, they lacked longevity even when they were well treated. I look forward to lasting performance and quality from this Pro-Jet turntable. [ Tim  Nov 29, 2016 ]
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good reviews [ M  Nov 12, 2016 ]
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Upgraded from my Sony turntable [ Philip  Oct 30, 2016 ]
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It was recommended as a Top Seller, Low flutter and low speed variation [ Everett L  Sep 04, 2016 ]
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Great reviews. Crutchfield is reliable. [ David  Aug 10, 2016 ]
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Ratings [ brian  Jul 28, 2016 ]
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Good quality record player affordable price [ Mitchell  Jul 09, 2016 ]
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Great reviews and wanting a turntable that I could depend on. [ Joseph  Jun 30, 2016 ]
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Given that this is the first turntable that I have purchased since the 1980s, I needed some guidance! Thanks Hogan and CJ - you were both extremely helpful! CJ's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=141 Hogan's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=122 [ Amy  Jun 04, 2016 ]
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from many reviews that I read I believe that the DC should produce the best sound in it's price range [ Calvin  May 29, 2016 ]
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recommended by friend [ Chad  May 17, 2016 ]
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Quality and value. Spent a long time trying to decide between the Pro-ject and the Rega RP1 and ultimately decided that it was pretty much six of one or half-dozen of the other. Both had features to recommend them and the Pro-ject is $50 cheaper. So- what the heck. [ Philip  May 11, 2016 ]
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I bought this as a wedding present, I bought one for myself a year ago and have been very impressed with its performance. [ LINDSEY CLYDE  Mar 25, 2016 ]
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I was impressed with the reviews. When I asked Morgan for his advise he chose the same one I had selected. Morgan's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=181 [ PAUL H  Mar 04, 2016 ]
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I had researched this product and found the best price and full manufactures warranty along with a 60-day return policy. It was a no brainier you guys Rock [ Carolyn  Feb 21, 2016 ]
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Best bang for my buck, so many good reviews. [ BRIAN  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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My friend has one and he recommended it to me. I also did a lot of reviews online and subsequently down to a few choices but at the end I chose Pro-ject. I will hook this up with my older Sony amp/receiver with phono input for now and see how it performs. If all goes well then I will hook it up to my Rotel + B&W speakers later and buy a phono-preamp. [ John  Feb 05, 2016 ]
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It suited my needs and after doing some research, felt it was the best turntable for the price. [ Craig  Jan 09, 2016 ]
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Great reviews all around [ Greg  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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Slick looking first turntable purchase. Seems like the upper level of the entry level tables. [ Eric  Sep 18, 2018 ]
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Performance and quality at a reasonable price point [ Scott  Jun 11, 2018 ]
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Good reviews and excellent prices. [ Samuel  Jan 04, 2017 ]
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After reading many reviews of turntables under $500 I decided on the Pro-ject as a gift for my son. [ paul  Dec 10, 2016 ]
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I read and watched such great reviews on this turntable. I wanted to get back into vinyl, so I gave it a try. [ Richard  Dec 08, 2016 ]
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I chose this turntable because it has everything I'm looking for. Great reviews Company reputation Great build quality Great tonearm Great included cartridge and... Love the blue finish [ G  Jul 23, 2016 ]
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Great reviews, cool looking, reasonable price. [ James  Oct 13, 2019 ]
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Based on other customer comments, data about the product (read articles on finding the best turntable for you that Crutchfield sent to us in an e-mail). Honestly, we loved the red as well :-) [ Ann  Apr 07, 2019 ]
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Crutchfield offers the best prices and service available. [ Brant  Dec 13, 2018 ]
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Because my son sent it to me to buy for his Christmas present. [ MONICA  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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puurty... [ LEWIS  Oct 18, 2018 ]
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Beautiful looking photos. great connectivity. Just ordered, so hopefully the reviews are true and it plays unbelievable music. As I have not received the item, I cannot comment on how well it plays. Looking forward to having some fun with it. [ James  Dec 13, 2017 ]
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Good Reviews for price range - Adjustable tone arm and anti-skate - Great maunfacturer [ Ronald  Nov 27, 2017 ]
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Quality,performance, and cost. [ KERRY  Nov 09, 2017 ]
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I want to upgrade my current turntable. [ Eileen Bonilla  Aug 25, 2017 ]
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It's great I set it up outside on my deck and since it rained it works a little funny. I mean it works....just kinda funny [ EVA  Mar 26, 2017 ]
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Seems to be the best balance of quality and price for entry-level hifi/audiophile. Aesthetics-wise, I like the simple and modern look; plus it comes in a few different colors. [ James  Dec 31, 2016 ]
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The best rated and recommended(by friends and other amateur audio enthusiasts) at this price point. The default cartridge out of the box is good and and the setup should be simple. More review once I start using it. [ Amrit  Nov 01, 2016 ]
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I have one already. I bought this as a gift. [ Alan  Jun 02, 2016 ]
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Great reviews from expert reviewer [ Andrea  Jan 10, 2016 ]
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looks cool and works well [ Martin  Dec 14, 2015 ]
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This is the best reviewed starter turntable. Looking forward to my daughter joining me in love of records. [ scott  Dec 13, 2018 ]
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5-star rating, proper RCA and ground connection for my receiver. [ Daniel  Mar 16, 2018 ]
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The Ortofon Red cartridge [ JULIAN  Dec 15, 2016 ]
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Good value and quality turntable. [ Lawrence  Mar 16, 2016 ]
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I trust all the reviews, which all make it the perfect choice. [ William  Feb 10, 2019 ]
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Reasons I chose: Detachable RCA jacks Looks No-pre-amp (my new Denon has a dedicated phono connect) Reviews [ Keith  Nov 25, 2018 ]
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Great reviews, no complaints of speed issues like some of my other choices, hum seemed to be resolved with dc model. [ Kinglin  Aug 21, 2017 ]
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Excellent reviews and good cell [ Alexander  Jul 20, 2017 ]
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Quality and price. I went with the scratched & dented because I trust Crutchfield to stand behind the products they sell. They certify that the product will perform to the factory standards and assure all the necessary information and accessories are in the box. [ Robert  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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Positive reviews all around. Best TT for the money. [ Filandro  Jan 19, 2017 ]
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This was the original. I read a lot of reviews and this seemed to offer the level of quality I wanted without veering off into exotically overpriced audiophile gear. Plus the design is simple, contemporary and attractive. I found the assembly with the fishing line on the weight to be difficult, by the way. [ Alan  Jun 02, 2016 ]
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Positive reviews on yours and others websites [ Matthew  May 02, 2016 ]
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They have a fantastic reputation and I love Walnut. The price is equal to others, plus I get to buy from Crutchfield! [ James  Apr 15, 2019 ]
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Online reviews of "best sounding turntable for the money" from various audiophile sites. And I like the retro architectural look of the walnut. [ Steve M St  Jan 09, 2019 ]
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15 questions already asked

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If using a scale, what is the recommended weight for the tone arm in grams?
[ Raymond  Aug 10, 2019 ]
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Comes with a weighted wheel that dangles from the tone arm which applies enough pressure to the vinyl. If seek more specifications try google search... I recall a person discussing on a audio blog or can contact manufacturer
[ craig  Aug 20, 2019 ]
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I read in Amazon that the Pro-ject Debut (Piano Black) has a depth measurement of 12.6 which is different from the white and red which measure more. In the measurements you have included here they all measure the same. Is this correct?
[ Gibri  Apr 21, 2019 ]
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The base is 12.6" not counting the hinges on the back which protrude about .4" The cover tilts back when opened and can add another couple inches when fully opened.
[ Stephen  May 03, 2019 ]
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Has anyone set up a tonearm lifter for this table? I bought one on eBay and there is no room for it between the arm and the record.
[ Tim  Jun 12, 2018 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  Jun 23, 2018 ]  Staff
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Do i need an ortofon 2m or 2m verso replacement cartridge?
[ yakaway  May 01, 2018 ]
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I can't really answer as I haven't replaced mine. 2m that came installed sounds great.
[ ROBERT L  May 08, 2018 ]
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Can a record clamp be used on this Project carbon turntable?
[ Chico  Apr 30, 2018 ]
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It should be able to accept a record clamp. Although, based on the weight of the turntable and its stability, I do not believe you would need one.
[ Robert  May 01, 2018 ]
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No
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I need to build a stand over another component. What is the distance between the four feet?
[ Matthew  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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12.5" wide, and 11" deep.
[ Gregory Martin  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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I will assume the "four feet" are the feet of the phonograph. With that said, there really is not a "distance" to be concerned with as usually the phonograph is on top to be easily accessed. Other than being on top, being the only requirement you are good to go!
[ GERALD  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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12.5 inches outside of the round foot to outside of the other foot
[ Jim  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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Front feet 9-1/8" BETWEEN feet. (edge to edge). Rear feet 11-3/4" BETWEEN feet. " Front feet to rear feet 8" BETWEEN feet. " Feet are approximately 1-1/2" in diameter.
[ David  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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If I have a Yamaha S501 (has phono preamp), would I still need to buy another device (phono stage)?
[ William  Sep 09, 2016 ]
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No, you won't need to buy a separate phono preamp since your receiver already has one built in. Although, most receivers with built in phono preamps, use cheaper, low quality components to save on costs. Even the lowest priced preamps offered by pro-ject or other quality turntable manufacturers, will have a dramatic effect on the sound quality your new turntable can produce. My advice to you? If you can't afford to get a quality separate preamp right away, go ahead and use your built in preamp for now, and get a separate preamp as soon as possible in order to realize the true potential of your new turntable.
[ Larry  Sep 10, 2016 ]
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Hi there, if it really does have a pre-amp included, you might be just fine, but my son loves the way the Pyle Pre-amp sounds w his project.....it is very inexpensive and improves the sound significantly of a turntable. Happy listening! J
[ John Lareno  Sep 09, 2016 ]
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You should be fine with the built-in phono preamp. It's output voltage will be too low to connect it to any of your other inputs.
[ James  Sep 09, 2016 ]
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no
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I was thinking of purchasing this turntable along with the Pro-Ject Phono Box USB. My question is would there be a noticeable difference in sound quality as apposed to buying the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) which has a built in pre-amp and usb connection. Also with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) I wouldn't be able to ground it to the A5+ speakers that I would be using whereas with the Phono Box I could. On another note, somebody else asked if the turntable comes with RCA's and they were told no, but in the "What comes in the box?' description it says it does. Sorry this will be my first turntable setup so I'm trying to get as much information as possible. Thanks in advance!
[ Jeremy  Mar 26, 2015 ]
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I don't have the exact situation to relate to you. However, it is similar! I bought the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable, with the intention of using the phone pre-amp section, of my Yamaha integrated receiver ( the Aventage RX-A1020, a fairly expensive unit). While it did sound good, it only whetted my appetite to see if it might sound better. I had read articles about how much difference the phono stage makes. So, I borought the Pro-Ject Tube Box DS from Crutchfield. It was even more money than the turntable! I wanted tubes in the pre amp, and the cheaper Pro-Ject was perpetually out of stock. So, I had them order the Tube Box DS. What a great purchase! It made the turntable sound really come alive through my system. It made a huge difference.
[ Gregory Martin  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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I had similar questions when shopping for my turntable and so I turned to Crutchfirld chat for help. It is first important to understand that it is always better to have a setup that is made up of separate components instead of one that combines them. I was told that the Phono Box USB had a better phono preamp and a better analog to digital converter than did the unit that is installed in the Debut Carbon Phono USB. I would recommend the Phono Box USB. It's the setup I currently have and I think it sounds great. To answer the other question, yes there is an RCA cable in the box but for the Phono Bix USB you will need two cables and so you will have to purchase another one to connect the box to your A5+ speakers.
[ Tyler  Mar 27, 2015 ]
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Jeremy, the sound coming off the tone arm should be the same as both units ship with the OM10 cartridge. It's hard to find specs on the built in analog to digital converter (ADC) but the stand alone states use of a Burr Brown PCM2904 ADC. No matter how good your ADC, converting an analog signal to digital (hopefully lossless) and then converting that digital file back to analog for playback on a media player you will definitely lose the resolution and quality of a pure analog source which is the entire point of a vinyl versus digital but I digress... Pro-Ject turn tables all ship with RCA outputs.
[ Anthony  Mar 27, 2015 ]
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I am no expert, this was a gift to my husband who said that he didn't want one with a USB bc it's quality is less. This was confirmed by an audiophile with many turntables that I met in a thrift shop. However, he said that only an audiophile would be able to tell the difference.
[ Julianne  Mar 27, 2015 ]
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Not sure, I bought the non USB Pre Amp and upgraded the cables from the table to the pre amp with Audioquest a Green cables. Separated the ground wire from the cable that came with the Turntavle to ground. I love the sound. I wanted a vinyl experience and I am extremely happy with the result. Unless you want to transfer your vinal to digital you don't need the USB. If that is your objective the table with the built in pre amp should be fine.
[ DONALD J  Mar 27, 2015 ]
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Does this turntable come with phono cables? If so, what is the length of the cables?
[ Chris  Nov 06, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It does not include cables. We offer a large variety of RCA cables including varied lenghts you can find those here: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_20110/RCA-Audio-Patch-Cables.html?tp=1904 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Nov 08, 2014 ]  Staff
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Is there a recommended speed box for this version? I read about improvements by adding a speed box with the earlier version, however do not find any details or a compatible speed box from project
[ Presi  Aug 25, 2015 ]
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No there isn't. The performance benefits you are talking about are built in to the newer models, but they lack the convenience of push button rpm changes.
[ Michael  Aug 25, 2015 ]
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The speed box isn't necessary for the model because is it already has a DC motor built in. The DC power function is what the speed box normally adds and that's why it doesn't add any uprgrade to this particular model.
[ KATHERINE  Aug 25, 2015 ]
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This is a "fully-manual" turntable - does that mean it doesn't even have auto-return? What happens when the needle gets to the end of the album?
[ Joe  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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When the needle reaches the end of the album it just sits in the inner most groove and makes a scratching sound. I did get a little device that lifts the tone arm but the platter still spins.
[ STEVEN J  Jun 20, 2015 ]
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No auto-return. you gotta raise it up or it goes bump bump bump...
[ MARK S  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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The stylus follows the groove to the end, where it just circles until you manually put the tone arm back in its cradle.
[ MICHAEL  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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The arm does not return automatically. When the music ends the arm stays at the end, but does not skate across the label, it just stays at the beginning of the label. There is no scratching noise etc... You will need to lift the arm up and move it back to the cradle. This is a great turntable! After some setup tweaking it has provided some great sound on my old LP's. If your AMP/Receiver does not have a Pre-Amp connection for the turntable, then you will need to purchase a Pre-Amp and connect it to the AMP/Receiver .. make sure to correctly ground the Pre-Amp if using one. Scott
[ Scott  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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this turntable does not have auto-return. the needle remains on the record at the end of the album forever...until you lift it off!
[ Karol  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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Simple just lift the stylus assembly off the record with the side lever and place it back in the holder.
[ Stephen  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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You have to Lift the tonearm with cueing lever and move it back to the arm rest.
[ Richard  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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It does not have auto-return. When the stylus gets to the end of the album, it remains there until you pick it up. Sounds great, though.
[ Ian  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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There is a counter weight that hangs from a short piece of basically fishing line, if you will that is designed to return the needle/arm back to the cradle. It honestly doesn't always work the best. Hope this helps.
[ Jeremy  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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Nothing happens it just stays there , if i was doing it over again i would buy a auto or semi auto turntable You put a record on ,sit down and get comfortable and enjoy the record then in 17 minutes you have to get up and turn the table off or flip the record do, yourself a favor and invest the money in a top quality CD player
[ Peter  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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Yes, that is correct - there is no auto-return. At the end of the album, you must manually pick up the arm and return it to it's cradle while you flip the record. Otherwise it will just continue to spin.
[ JONATHAN  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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No automatic return at all. At the end of the album, the record keeps turning and the arm stays hovered at the edge of the label, while the needle stays on the record. No warning beep sounds and no automatic time-out shutoff. If you walk away and forget, it could stay spinning for weeks...or for your entire vacation away from home. That's what happened to us. The problem is that no audio file turntables are anything but totally manual.
[ RITCHIE D  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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Infinite loop until you pick up the tonearm. That said, this turntable is fantastic.
[ Geoffrey  Jun 19, 2015 ]
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Do I need a Phono amp with this turntable?
[ richg1390  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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I think you would unless your amp/receiver has a PHONO INPUT
[ MARK S  Feb 02, 2015 ]
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If your receiver/amp does not have a phono-level input, then yes, you will need a phono pre-amp. If it does, you will not.
[ MICHAEL  Feb 01, 2015 ]
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Yes you do. There is another version that has one built in that is a little more expensive. If you have an old receiver with a phone input that works as well. It is a great table. I cannot recommend it enough.
[ James  Feb 01, 2015 ]
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If your reciver doesn't have a phono input you'll need to buy a phono preamp.
[ Christopher  Feb 01, 2015 ]
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Hi Richard, If your receiver does not have a phono input yes you will need a phono preamp. They come in various versions and price points. I spent $99 on the one I bought but they can be purchased for much less. Some Pro Ject players come with the preamp that cost a little more. Best of luck. Jeremy
[ Jeremy  Feb 01, 2015 ]
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Yes you do need a phono amp. You can plug it in to an audio receiver that has one. Alternatively you can buy a separate phono amp. There is another version of this turntable that comes with both a USB connection and a phono amp included.
[ Anthony  Feb 01, 2015 ]
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Depends on your amp. If it has a phono imput on the back you shouldn't. If not you will need one.
[ Richard  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Yes
[ Julianne  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Yes you do. I am using a NAD PP2e. Crutchfield has the new PP4 which I would like to try for it has MM/MC and USB output.
[ Ralph  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Depends on whether or not your receiver has a phono input. If you are connecting via cd or tape or aux you will need a pre amp. Mine set me back about $100. FYI table sounds incredible!
[ ROBERT C  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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There isn't an amp built into this turntable. Depending on your stereo amp, you may or may not need a phono preamp. Some stereo amps have a phono preamp built in, but most do not. You'll probably need to buy a preamp separately. NAD is a big manufacturer to look at.
[ Adam  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Hi Richard, You will need a phono pre amp if your receiver or amplifier doesn't have a designated phono input. Hope this helps.:)
[ Wayne  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Unless your amp or receiver has a phono input you will need one. I believe Pro-Ject sells them through Crutchfield or look on the. Web. It is a great turntable but there is no built in amp Thanks
[ Stephen  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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Depends on your source if you have phono in then a phono amp will NOT be necessary most modern sources WILL require a phono amp as it wont have a phono in My pioneer elite had a phono in so i didnt need a phono amp
[ Robert  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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You do in fact need a phono preamp, unless of course your receiver or amplifier has a phono input.
[ KATHERINE  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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If you have 'phono' inputs on the back of your receiver, no, you won't need to buy one-it's built into your receiver. If you don't have 'phono' inputs then yes, you will need a phono pre-amp.
[ Ronald  Jan 31, 2015 ]
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can you tell me the weight of the anti-skate weight? I've lost mine and need to replace it.
[ yakaway  Feb 21, 2018 ]
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I have no idea. Don't think I've ever seen it given in the specs. Why don't you simply order a replacement from Pro-Ject. They will send the correct one. Then, if you really need to know, weigh it.
[ JOHN  Feb 25, 2018 ]
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Does this include a dust lid?
[ Kevin  Nov 18, 2014 ]
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Yes
[ Julianne  Nov 20, 2014 ]
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Yes it does. Set-up was easy and it sounds great. Make sure you have a phono input on your receiver or a phono preamp.
[ thomas  Nov 18, 2014 ]
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Pro-ject's website says the wow and flutter on the Debut Carbon (DC) is .6% yet your site says it is .1%. Which is it?
[ Steven  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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We have our own in-house Product Research team that determined that number. Because Wow and Flutter are two different things but often expressed as a combined spec they numbers don't always make sense. I am actually an owner of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon and love it. I've had it for over 3 years and have found it natural, balanced, and reliable. If you have any additional questions before you place an order you can chat with or call one of our Product Advisors here: https://bit.ly/2QNxGQB --Cosmo
[ Cosmo  Jan 02, 2019 ]  Staff
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