Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC)
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Very happy with the sound. Easy setup... just watch the YouTube videos first.
It's hard for us to imagine a turntable that represents a greater value for enjoying the warm, natural sound of vinyl than Pro-Ject's own Debut Carbon (DC). And judging by their reviews, our customers feel the same way. This factory "tweaked" version of the Debut Carbon (DC) takes all of that turntable's best features — the solid design and construction, plus a carbon fiber tonearm with the great sounding Ortofon 2M Red cartridge — and adds even more performance and versatility. The end result is a great turntable that's also a great value.
For starters, the Esprit SB (DC) features a built-in Pro-Ject Speed Box with a top-mounted electronic switch that lets you easily change speeds from 33-1/3 to 45 RPM with the push of a button. The Speed Box's electronic speed regulation also provides greater speed accuracy for enhanced sound quality. You even get the ability to play 78 RPM records with a simple change of the drive belt pulley and the addition of an optional Ortofon 2M78 stylus. Best of all, the heavy 12" precision-machined acrylic platter reduces distracting resonance and lowers the turntable's noise floor for clearer, more dynamic sound. You'll hear tighter, punchier bass, greater midrange detail, and better spatial definition from your treasured vinyl collection.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC)'s one-piece carbon fiber tonearm is much stiffer than 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. The belt drive system and TPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) motor mount dampers isolate the motor's vibration from the chassis to prevent noise from being transferred to the cartridge, and on to your amplifier and speakers. The result is a turntable that delivers sonic performance rarely found on models in its price range.
Pro-Ject knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why the Esprit SB (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?
Very happy with the sound. Easy setup... just watch the YouTube videos first.
Bryan, Ventura, CA
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Very happy with the sound. Easy setup... just watch the YouTube videos first.
I waited a long time and did endless research to pick a new turntable. This is the one I decided on and it is flawless. Impeccable design, unmatched sound quality, flawless aesthetic appeal. You can't go wrong.
Perfect addition to my sound system. Replaced an older Technics SL-1700 which had seen better days. The Ortofon Red cartridge sounds better and better every time I place a record on the platter.
Outstanding turntable for the price. Additionally it comes with the support of the always fabulous Crutchfield tech support. Easy set up out of the box.
After years of frustration trying to get decent sound from an entry-level Music Hall MMF-2.2 with the same Ortofon Red cartridge, as well as trying other cartridges, I decided to give this 25% markdown crash-and-dent unit an audition. I am stunned at the difference in sound between the two. The clarity and brightness of the Pro-Ject turntable is light years ahead of the Music Hall unit, even if I swap the acrylic platter onto the Music Hall turntable. I hear vocal and instrumental details in my mix of new and old LPs that I never have before, even from my venerable old turntables of the past. Instruments and voices are easily distinguished from one another, lyrics are much easier to understand, and all the good things other reviewers have commented on (low noise floor, great tracking, low distortion) apply. But I'll keep coming back to the clarity - it's just remarkable. I'm using the supplied cables and haven't made any tweaks to the factory setup other than using a cheapo balance-beam tool to set the tracking force to the recommended value. I'm playing the records directly on the acrylic platter, and only have slippage using a carbon fiber cleaning brush if the record is "dished" upwards enough such that it's resting mainly on the label. Other reviewers' hum problem with the stock cables may be the looseness of the attached plugs. I bent the outer tabs on the plugs in a bit to make better contact and have had no hum issue.
Pros: The awesome clarity, crispness, and low noise floor. Makes good recordings on older vinyl sound incredible. They really got the sound quality right on this turntable.
Cons: Lightweight plinth, no suspension to speak of, a bit of audible motor noise. Feet are not height adjustable to level the unit, must use shims. No vertical tracking adjustment, but has the more critical azimuth adjustment. Short and slippery finger lift on the end of the tonearm takes a bit of getting used to.
This is an awesome turntable!!! Period.
I don't have a basis for comparing this thing. It works. You need a phono amp, but everyone except me probably knew that
Very impressive and great value!
Great table. Solid speed, great build, and great sound at this price. Instructions are a bit vague. Had to head to YouTube for most of the setup and there are left over parts that I'm still not sure what they do. Bottom line, it is a beautiful and great sounding table with no problems. It has brought out some detail in recordings that I have never heard before.
Pros: Built in speed control. Came with Connect IT E cable instead of cheap generic cable. Setup was easier than expected.
Cons: Instructions are a bit vague in some places. YouTube videos were more helpful.
So full disclosure, I first ordered the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC) but returned it and got the Carbon Esprit instead (thank you Crutchfield for making it so easy) since I do listen to 45s and didn't want to deal with switching belt drives each time. But other than the Acrylic Platter and the automatic speed box not much difference performance wise but worth paying the difference. I am thrilled to be rediscovering my vinyl collection on such a beautiful turntable, I couldn't be happier. I also got the Shure gauge to help balance the weight of the arm (it really does help) because getting it right can be tricky. Definitely worth having a look at the set-up videos available on YouTube because the set-up can be a bit tricky.
Pros: Great build with a very stylish finish very decent pre-mounted stylus Acrylic platter automatic speed-box to avoid switching belt drives Comes with above average RCA connection
Cons: Set-up is a bit daunting Crutchfield should have a dedicated set-up video for this model to avoid going on YouTube
I just received mine yesterday (March 1 2018) so this is some what preliminary. First, set up was a breeze. Just watch one of the 5 minute videos online. Right out of the box it sounded pretty darn good and after an hour or so I could already tell that the cart was starting to warm up a bit. Should be even better in a couple of weeks. One thing I have to disagree with Pro-Ject on though is the whole don't use a mat for your platter thing. Using Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (side one) as a test I listened to it wihout a mat, with a cork mat I own and with the wool mat from my old Rega Planar 3 (1988 old!). I have to say that ranking them would go something like this: 1. Wool mat from Rega 2 Cork mat 4. No mat Highs sounded less brittle and the bass notes were much more rounded. I'm pretty sure the "mat" that came with the TT was for packing purposes only. So, my one gripe would be it needs a mat. Luckily I had two. I'm running this TT to PS Audio's GCPH phono preamp using much better patch cords than came with the TT, up to a Yamaha AS 501 Integrated amp and out to Bowers and Wilkins 683 s2 speakers. Overall it sounds fantastic.
Pros: Ease of set up, sound stage and musicality.
Cons: Cheap interconnects and no real platter mat.
Nice turntable, a little complicated to set up, watch the video.
Pros: looks and sounds great
Cons: set up, directions for set up
So far I am loving this turntable. Iv'e only played 33's so far, but they sound great and the turntable works like a charm; definitely worth the investment.
I couldn't be happier with it. Beautiful sound, beautiful design. I love it.
Pros: Great sound. Easy assembly.
Cons: Haven't noticed any yet.
I can't believe how much I like this turntable. I have been spinning record after record for a couple days now and it just sounds awesome. I am running this through a Marantz pm8005 and Klipsch RP-260F speakers. Setup was not bad but I recommend watching a YouTube video. I went very slow watching the video and cross referencing the manual. Trickiest part is getting the arm balanced. I would say a half hour is normal but I took an hour just to do it right the first time. I am very impressed with the build quality of the table. It feels like I paid much more than I did. Every part screams high quality. Looks gorgeous as well. This table is an upgrade in every department from my last table, even down to the dust cover. Sound wise, excellent high end with great clarity, very good midrange but lacks a bit on the low end. It's tight and accurate but could use a little more "umph". Level wise, this thing is so much louder than my previous table which is a good thing. I don't feel like I need to keep pushing the amp as much. Fills the room, just sounds awesome. My original plan was to upgrade to the Ortofon 2m blue quickly but decided to keep the red for awhile, it just sounds that good and tracks extremely well. After many records, I am not hearing any IGD (inner groove distortion). My previous table had major distortion issues and this table handles those records with ease. Bottom line: Pro-ject proves you don't need to spend 2k for a good table.
Pros: High quality build Sound fills room Excellent tracking Push button speed change Acrylic platter Dust cover that actually works Looks gorgeous
Cons: Requires a little more setup than other tables Could use a little more low end
Amazing!!! I originally bought the Marantz TT42 turntable then I contacted tech support and they recommended the Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB(DC) so I returned the Marantz. I was so amazed not only at the fact that this turntable was able to play my warped records without skipping or skating. I was also blown away by the difference in sound quality. The depth of base and clarity of the midrange tones especially vocals. This turntable can be easily setup watching an online video. I can't say enough about the sound quality. It is well worth the money. If you really care about how good your vinyl sounds then spend the money. I am looking forward to many years of enjoyable sound from this deck. don't be fooled buy how light this turntable is compared to some others, it definitely delivers great sound. Thanks Sonny for the advice and assistance.
Pros: Amazing sound quality and great for playing even warped less than perfect records, reasonable price considering the performance you get. It also looks great.
Great sound and easy setup
Excellent turntable. Quality far better than most. Operation instructions significantly lacking.
Had a Fisher turntable from 30 plus years ago that the belt dried out and I ultimately tossed. Thought it would be great to get back into the vinyl craze and breakout my old albums. Did a lot of research on turntables in $500 dollar range. Decided to spend the bit extra to get the automatic speed control (flip from 33 to 45) without removing the platter as well as the upgrade on this unit to the acrylic platter. Watched a youtube video in advance for setup. Received the unit double boxed, perfect condition, setup in under 15 minutes and spinning records. Sound is great even running off a 30 plus year old Fisher receiver with phono inputs and a pair of old Celestion speakers. I upgraded the cables based on some info I read in advance but the ones out of the box certainly could have been fine. Love the nostalgic experience and sound - plus taught my 8 and 11 year old what vinyl is, they had no idea nor never saw a turntable in action. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone that wants to get back into the world of vinyl, great sound and a lot more fun than playing music on iTunes.
Pros: Great sound, great look, easy setup (watch the youtube clips), reasonable price
Cons: None as of yet
Just purchased this item and I am extremely satisfied with the turntable. Easy set up makes for a stress free experience. I have been listening to records since I was 3 years old. Music has never sounded better. Clear and concise. Incredible and affordable. Highly recommended!
Incredible dynamics with this turntable! Beautiful crisp highs and deep bass! This is the way vinyl is supposed to sound! It took returning 2 lower end turntables on Amazon to get it right and Crutchfield accepted PayPal credit, so that made this transaction an easy purchase. Everything I read about the quality of Pro-Ject products lived up to the hype. The glossy black base with the acrylic white platter is not only pleasing to the eyes but more importantly pleasing to the ears. Setup was somewhat easy with a pre-installed Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. I watched a YouTube video for the anti-skating weight and was a cinch once I understood. This belt driven piece of art together with a carbon fiber tonearm barely makes a sound so you can enjoy the music. As I have been re-building a vinyl collection this turntable is just what the doctor ordered.
Pros: Incredible sound, pre-installed cartridge, electronic speed box. Beautiful glossy model.
Great sound at a very reasonable price. Straightforward to set up.
This is my first turntable and I can't say anything bad about it. This deck sounds awesome, looks awesome, and will likely last a long time. I upgraded the interconnects as I've heard complaints about a humming sound. I can't say if the cables in the box cause a hum or not.
Pros: Sounds fantastic while looking fantastic
Cons: Setup is a bit confusing if you've never set up a turntable before. The instructions were not the best, but a YouTube video I found online made it a breeze.
Really solid entry level turntable. The acrylic platter definitely adds an extra aesthetic element distinguishing it from the regular Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. I appreciate the fact that Pro-Ject did its level best to make this turntable plug and play even including a decent cabe to connect from tt to phono preamp. However, there is some assembly required and my only gripe was the instructions provided seemed like an afterthought. Instead of following the provided assembly instructions, I watched a Youtube video highlighting the setup process. Additionally, I purchased the Cambridge Audio CP2 phono preamp along with this tt from Crutchfield and I could definitely hear a sonic improvement compared to the built in phono on my Marantz preamp. Listening to music on this or any turntable is an absolute joy for someone who loves music because there is something magical listening to vinyl. I enjoyed this tt so much in the first month of use that I decided to purchase the Shinola Runwell tt with a Ortofon blue mm cartridge for another room in the house.
Pros: Solid entry level turntable with a good mm Ortofon red cartridge. Setup wasn't difficult especially if you follow numerous Youtube videos that show how to set this tt up.
Cons: Assembly instructions seem to be written by an engineer with a clear disregard to the layman consumer.
Great turntable! I was a little skeptical buying from the scratch and dent section but Crutchfield's reputation for incredible customer service made me confident that if I wasn't satisfied with the product they would resolve the problem. The turntable arrived in the mail quickly and no parts were missing. The only major scratch on the turntable gets covered up by the platter so it cannot be seen. There are some minor scratches on the surface of the turntable but you have to look very hard for them. Overall I am extremely pleased with this turntable. Assembly was easy and the sound is incredible paired with my Klipsch R-15PM speakers.
Pros: Great sound Looks beautiful
Cons: Took a couple tries to get the anti-skating weight to stay attached to the tonearm during assembly.
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Espirit SB is an exceptional deal for someone looking to get into the ~$500 entry level audiophile space. If you're considering buying a similar model (such as a debut carbon III) and then upgrading components, you should consider this purchase instead. The upgraded components (build in speed-box, acrylic platter) alone come cheaper as a package with this model rather than buying them separately. Setup was fairly easy. If you're the type who feels you can't do it right it may take additional tries to lock down the counterbalance weight, but I was able to do it in one shot, and I have minimal experience with TT setup. Aesthetically, The TT looks pretty beautiful in the gloss white, and the smokey white acrylic platter complements it perfectly. If you have colored vinyl, it will just pop and look super pleasing on this setup. Sound wise, this was a huge step up from my Audio Technica AT-LP120. The Ortofon 2M Red cartridge presents a more "open" soundscape from my older model, and highs and mids come in fairly well. I'm currently using the built in phono preamp in my receiver, so I know that the sound can only get better from this. I plan to add an tube phono preamp to really see how this TT shines. If you're considering upgrading the cart to a 2M, rest easy knowing you can just buy the replacement stylus and use the original headshell.
Pros: - Solid deal for the included upgrades. The speed box just gives that confidence knowing you've got the right speed. - Aesthetically pleasing, especially for colored vinyl - Includes high quality RCA cable - Setup is minimal/easy
Cons: - Most people prefer the Ortofon 2M Blue over the included Red. Consider this when purchasing this turntable as that's over ~$900 purchase. May consider buying a TT with it pre mounted and save some dough. - The lever to drop the tonearm isn't very accurate. My tonearms moves slightly. I probably set it up wrong or something.
Package arrived double boxed. Turntable was easy to assemble. The Pro-Jett Esprit was all the positive reviews said it was. I love the acrylic platter.
This unit sounds really good. I paired it with the ProJect phono preamp. I'm thinking about upgrading my preamp to a tube unit now.
Pros: Excellent sound and simple set up.
Cons: No frills, no auto return feature after record is over.
I picked up a scratch and dent and there was a tiny ding on the front. I'd say it's worth the price. Quality is phenomenal and it sounds amazing through my McIntosh 7900. I had it up and running within 10 minutes.
Pros: Beautiful finish, sounds amazing, easy setup. Packaging was great and Crutchfield shipped very quickly.
Cons: Price is high, but you get what you pay for.
Cant really tell what the standard is being that I am so new to the hobby so here is just my thoughts on it. Packaging was Great! A box within a box to ensure that the contents aren't damaged. Everything had its own nook and cranny which I liked. Set up was easy, put on the belt, platter, and set the weights. Didn't really use the manual for the setup as I've seen many reviews on YouTube. As far as the use goes, haven't had any issues with it. When doing my research I heard some people experience a low hum, but I don't with my ground wire being properly routed. One thing though, I was under the impression that you can toggle through the 3 speeds with just the click of a button but I was wrong. You need to change the belt to play 78rpm. Not a big deal at all but I thought it was just a quick transition. The sound is great! I've paired my system with some ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 Speakers, and HK 3770 Stereo Receiver. All in all I love it! There is a certain romance about it, sure beats just skipping through an MP3 Player.
Pros: Great packaging. Its easy to setup and almost completely plug and play.
Cons: Haven't run into any yet.
Upgraded from an automatic Audio Technica (LP60). WOW. What a difference! I had to add a phono pre-amp because I am running straight into an amp which adds about $100, but I couldn't be happier. The platter is great with no mat, the cartridge is amazing and the tonearm is a star. Yes, the anti skate weight is attached with monofilament, but that's all it needs. The balance is spot on. With the single piece tonearm (not to mention the width), sounds have been warmer, deeper and more crisp. It's almost like discovering Vinyl all over. My fiancé thought I had bought new speakers because the sound is so much better.
Pros: Single piece carbon fiber tonearm, acrylic platter, Ortofon 2M red cartridge (stellar), precision balanced, a truly rich sound.
Cons: Not automatic - is that a con?, won't make breakfast for you.
Great turntable. Sound is excellent & clear. Easy set up. I had read that some had difficulty in setting up this model. It was a piece of cake. Instructions were clear. Didn't even need to go to go online to watch a video. I am very happy with this purchase.
Pros: Great sound.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase, I received the turntable in three days. Very quite, very transparent as I went with the upgraded Pro-ject's Connect-It interconnects and swapped out the stock 12AX7's on the Tube Box S with JAN-Philips 12AX7WA NOS tubes.
Pros: Very transparent sounding, Very quite, detailed and clear, makes vinyl very enjoyable! Crutchfield has been great with their customer service!
Cons: I didn't like the felt mat, it builds static
Very happy with this purchase. Shipping was lightning fast, and the Crutchfield team was there to answer any questions I had. I've gone through a few turntables over the last few years, including the Pro-Ject Debut III and Carbon. This is by far the best of the lot. Dead quiet (no troublesome hum, which has plagued other models), the inbuilt speedbox makes switching from 33 1/3 to 45 rpm a toddle, and the Ortofon 2M RED is a top of the line stylis. Everything is tracking well, and inner groove distortion is all but eliminated. I may upgrade to the 2M Blue, but I'm not sure how much of an advance that would be. Trust me, this table, as it ships, sounds bloody brilliant. Highly recommended, both product and provider....
Pros: Plug and play, Easy to hook up, and works brilliantly right out of the box
Cons: You only get one....Seriously, I have found nothing to complain about with this turntable
Was surprised of sound quality. I also have a Linn LP12. Of course compared to a quality TT as the Linn, it wasn't as well defined. But for the $, it's worth it. I plan to replace interconnect that came with it like many other reviews to see how much difference it will make.
Pros: Easy set up
Cons: Sound quality for the price
After extensive research I decided to purchase the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC) and I absolutely love this turntable. It has a good detailed sound, sweet and well balanced. This was also my first Crutchfield purchase thanks to their awesome customer service. Will definitely buy again. Thanks.
Pros: Beatiful design, great sound and easy setup. Built in speed box is a plus.
Cons: None at the moment.
I was nervous about switching to a new turntable from my Vintage Philips and Sumiko Pearl cartridge which has great bass. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. The sound stage is more spacious, open and natural sounding, very easy to listen to straight out of the box. Its being played through the Cambridge Phono pre amp and hi end shielded cables, so there is not even a trace a hum. I'll say the Sumiko cartridge had more punch to the bass, but the supplied phono cartridge is a winner. Also great shock absorption, the cover slammed down while playing because I loosened the screws on the dust cover, the TT did not miss a beat, no skips, bumps, burps etc. I could not be happier with my choice.
Pros: Nice open natural sound, easy speed selection, great build quality, stylish and easy to set up. I was up and running in less than 10 minutes.
Cons: Just a minor quibble, It' hard to adjust the screws on the dust cover so the cover sets at the desired opening angle but I am sure once I start to tinker with it I can fix it.
I've only had it for a few days but the turntable has so far gone beyond my expectations. Really good sound that is an upgrade from my old turntable. I was surprised at the thickness of the acrylic platter. That was one of my reasons for expecting a good isolation. No hum whatsoever. I like the built in speed box and the Ortofon Red, which will be easy to replace the stylus when needed..Overall very happy and glad I went with the Esprit instead of one the cheaper Pro-Ject tables.
Pros: Great sound, easy to install and excellent service by Crutchfield. My advisor answered all my questions including how easy it would be to return, which I've never done so far with anything bought here. Fast shipping well packaged.
Decided for this one, because of the automatic speed change and the platter upgrade compared to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC. I can't compared to other turntables on this category, only can say that records sound great. Easy to setup looking at YouTube videos.
Pros: Easy setup and sound/looks great
The Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB (qDC) turntable rates 5 stars. The built-in speed box sure beats removing the platter and monkeying with the drive belt. Yes, a static charge can trigger the motor, but this is no big deal. The black piano finish is nice. A real showpiece coupled with good performance . Glad I bought it.
Pros: Built in speed box Piano finish attractive
Cons: Static charge can turn the turntable on. Tone arm finger lift hard to use.
Great sound and very easy to setup and to operate.
Pros: Sound, setup and great looks.
Cons: None at this time
Fantastic turntable. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.
Purchased this table after reading all the great reviews of the Carbon Debut.. The Esprit comes with all the upgrades not on the basic Carbon.. Table was not difficult to set up.. The manual is detailed enough to take you through the few steps necessary but I also educated myself as much as possible by watching videos on youtube.. Just watch the Carbon Debut setups and they're the same way.. So I ditched the cables in the box and used my better quality Monster cables.. The ground cable is easily separated from the analog cable the table comes with.. Just peel it off like a banana peel.. So I did have a hum problem right away but I just twisted my interconnects on the table a bit and the hum was gone.. It's dead quiet.. The only thing that others may notice is the Ortofon Red might be more noisy then other needles.. But seriously, set up is easy, the sound is fantastic.. I was comparing it to an older Onkyo table and this Pro-ject is more open, detailed and each instrument has more space.. Vocals might be slightly less forward and back in the mix a bit.. I have no regrets making this purchase.. The red finish is bright and super clean.. Was shipped to me in 3 days!.. Only giving it 4 stars because I know those cheap cables will screw up the non audiophiles out there.. Use better interconnects and be sure to use the ground cable to connect it to your integrated amp, older receiver, phono preamp or whatever you're using .. Other then that small cable problem, it's awesome!
Pros: Looks great.. Sounds great.. Easy set up.. Seems solid and durable..
Cons: Upgrade the interconnect cable they send you.. Just pull off the ground cable from the interconnect cable and use it with your own better interconnect..
This is a great table for intro to high end analog. I have had none of the grounding issues others have had. This table will suit me well for years to come.
Pros: Speed box built in. Acrylic platter. Carbon fiber tonearm. MDF plinth.
Cons: Dust cover can be quirky but I take it off when I listen anyway. Could have put better anti vibration feet on the unit. For the money it should be there. Minor issues though.
I had to return this unit because static electricity was causing the motor to start back up after flipping a record. Using my Milty Aerostat also triggered it. Yes, the unit is grounded properly and yes, so it the outlet. Sumiko USA confirmed that others have confirmed an issue well, but I couldn't get any further support beyond that. I'm sensing a recall might be in the works, or something. I opted for a standard "Debut Carbon" model with external Speed Box S (price actually works out to be roughly the same).
I wish I could go along with the other reviewers but my experience after purchasing this from Crutchfield has been pretty bad. This is not due to Crutchfield; I am at my wits end with the tonearm on this turntable. First of all, the initial setup is incredibly complicated and I am no neophyte. I finally fought my way through that and I now find that as I test out the table on a brand new 14 LP Beatles set, the tonearm skips very badly virtually every time it gets to the last (or innermost) track on the LP. I cannot fix it and, having purchased it over the Internet, I am stuck. I paid this price for this turntable 2 weeks ago The problem is so bad I am considering cutting my losses by selling it for around $100 and getting into a cheaper, less temperamental, turntable. If you have a fleet of sound engineers at your disposal, this may well be the turntable for you. Unfortunately, I don't.
Pros: Beautiful black finish and white acrylic platter. A truly gorgeous piece of equipment.
Cons: Just about everything dealing with the tonearm.Crutchfield response on 3/31/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The Pro Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB is overall a very good turntable. I'm only going to give four stars due to a few minor grievances. Yes, I had a hum issue that several other reviewers experienced. I changed cables and it resolved the issue. (A tip for anyone who wants to save a few dollars is to use component cables instead of regular old red and white RCAs. These actually sound better with TTs because component cables are rated for video and have lower capacitance. Just make sure you remember which color cable you designated for red or white when you plug them in your receiver or amp.) The cueing lever felt a little cheap to me. Maybe for a few more dollars they could've made it out of metal, but no big deal really. I'll just have to go easy on it. Another issue I have with this TT is the lack of a dedicated on/off switch. It's technically in standby mode when it's not running at 33 or 45 rpm. Sometimes after I've held the speed button down for two seconds, the light goes off, it's in standby mode, I'll take the record off, and the platter starts spinning again without me pushing the button. I don't know if it's sensing movement and it makes the platter start spinning, or if it's static electricity causing this, or just an actual malfunction of the TT. It's no big deal really. I just have to hold the button down for two seconds again and the platter stops spinning. I also thought the wires that connect to the cartridge are extremely thin with not much rubber coati
This product sounds every bit as good as it looks.
Pros: great sound. easy setup.
I found this to be a very good turntable and very easy to set up , if you need advice on set-up check out u-tube for easy to follow directions . The only problem I ran into was trying to play Jake Whites new LP and not knowing that he had recorded it with a bunch of unusual tricks that made me believe there was something wrong with my set-up of my turntable , after playing several old LP's and hearing the clarity I went on line to investigate my new LP and discovered how to play it correctly .
Besides the needle, I love the platter, the design not crowed with gadgets and knobs and lights. I went old school with this one, have equalizer hooked up to receiver and obtained the right speaker wire width to contrast with the ohms. I've played various types of music on this audiophile and I must say the this is a Jazz and Soul/R&B type of turntable because of the sound that comes out; the vocals are sharp, bass is tight and the strings and horn are mild, not too high. Classic Rock is ok especially acoustic, eg; The Beatles, The Stones Beggars Banquet, Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon, Early James Brown, Motown, The ChiLites, Early Zeppelin. I will not buy another CD again. This is not a 45 turntable if you don't mind keep getting up change the record, this is definitely an LP turntable, let it play.
Pros: The solid sound that comes from the Ortofon 2m cartridge which made my records sound better. i don't mind the few pops.
Cons: How thin the thread is on the antiskating weight which wasn't listed in the manual. be real careful when pulling it out of the plastic, you can hardly see it. if it only had an auto return.
This is a fantastic piece of equipment. I'm impressed with both the sound and build quality. The RCA cable is cheap, so you'll want to use a nicer one. The acrylic platter is wonderful.
Pros: Platter eliminated static, sound and build quality are superb.
Cons: Dust cover is finicky and could fit better. The packaged RCA cable hums and will need to be replaced immediately.
I'll try to keep this short because I went on a turntable adventure before finally deciding on this one. I have compared this Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB DC with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC, the Music Hall MMF-2.2 LE, and the Rega RP1 w/ Performance Pack. All turntables were tested with the following rig: Marantz PM5004 Integrated Amp, Epos Epic 2 speakers (Bi-Wired configured), using Audioquest G2 16g spkr cables. All units were powered through a Furman FUM8DX power conditioner/surge protector. That said, the electrical and outlets in the room/house is modernized, grounded, and clean. Bottom line: The Esprit sounds the best But you have to upgrade the RCA interconnect cables because Pro-Ject's stock cables stink. They act like an antennae causing a lot of hum and when you touch them, it's even worse. Reluctantly, I decided to use Pro-Ject's "Connect-IT" interconnect cables w/ ground and they made a Big difference both with decreased hum and Way more output. I have no idea if cheaper ones will fix the humming issue bill or not, my guess is probably. The assimilation of the Acryl-It platter, carbon fiber tonearm/Ortofon 2M Red combo, and built-in SpeedBox (directly switchable on the plinth Is Nice) results in a pretty awesome turntable that sounds killer. Compared to those listed above it gives a wider sound stage, more depth and clarity, tighter definition, and liquid smooth warmth And it looks fantastic.
Pros: Carbon fiber tonearm/Ortofon 2M Red combo, Acryl-It platter, Speedbox built-in blows away the competition at this price point. Switchable speeds (33.3 & 45) via built-in Speedbox is actually super convenient, more than I originally thought. Visually stunning especially when there is colored/clear vinyl spinning on it (looks like a UFO).
Cons: Need to upgrade the RCA w/ ground interconnect cables, recommend Pro-Ject Connect-It Really made a difference.
This is one awesome turntable. I was going to purchase one that you had to take partially apart to change speeds, this one does it with the push of a button. The cartridge that came with it makes my old records sound new. The hum that some seem to have with the supplied cables, I have not experienced, so at this point I do not see a need to change the cables. The overall feel of this turntable is solid, and well built. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a great turntable at a great price.
Pros: No need to take apart to change speeds 45 to 33, as it has a button to be able to do this.
Cons: I have not found any yet.
Great sound with minimal set up, very stable speed. Big improvement over my old vintage Denon DP 1200.
Pros: Easy set up, great sound.
Cons: None so far.
This is a great turntable,as stated by all other reviewers. Worth every penny for all the features it has and the versatility of being able to play 78s,33s and 45s. The one small item,again as noted by a previous reviewer, are the cables included. We checked every piece of equipment to track down the source of that god-awful humming noise. Read the 4 star review, replaced the cables provided with some older ones we had, and voila! the humming was gone. We were going to send back the turntable but gave it one more shot after reading the 4 star review. Would suggest you use cables other than the ones provided by Pro-Ject in order to save your sanity.
Pros: Ease of use;fabulous sound quality; nice styling. All around great turntable.
Cons: Cheap connection cables provided
I love the turntable, and shipping was extra fast, and i totally enjoy buying from Crutchfield. However...the tt has a hum in the speakers i cannot get rid of. It's definitely the tt, as I've swapped out receivers, preamps (headphone and turntable), cables, etc. I've googled the problem, and i can't seem to get any of the solutions to work. I will figure it out. Saying that, the turntable was easy to put together. When playing loud music (which i do often) the hum isn't noticeable. The sound quality with the included Ortofon 2m red cart is an upgrade over my previous M97xE.
Pros: service, price, shipping, sound quality, ease of putting together (check online for video's).
Cons: the hum from not being grounded properly!Crutchfield response on 12/29/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
A fantastic sounding and looking turntable. Great catridge and 2 speed buttons. Noiseless acrylic platter is wonderful. I wish however that the player would automatically stop itself when a side is finished. As well as some sort of shock absorption feauture to prevent skipping if the furniture that the player sits on is hit. Overall, an amazing turntable!!
Pros: Sound quality, design, ease of assembly, quiet dc power...
Cons: Player doesn't auto stop when record is done. Not so shock absorbant. If sitting on a table and the table is hit the player will move and cause skipping.
The movers ruined my Pro-ject Debut, which was a nice upgrade from a previous turntable. The Carbon Esprit SB (DC) has speed control (can also change from 33 to 45 with top mount button), an upgraded platter and a nice premounted cartridge. Set up took about 15 minutes. The improved sound quality was immediately evident. I am very happy with this new Pro-Ject turntable.
Pros: Looks great and sounds better.
Cons: None thus far
I would give this 5 stars if not for the bad RCA cables included. Now I love this turntable but when I first got it it was quite another story. I very carefully unpacked and set-up the turntable after reading the manual and watching some online videos and when I played my first album it sounded awful. There was a horrible buzz and humm. I took everything apart and put it all together a few times. I rewired everything, checked the ground wire, tried grounding it to other places, tried grounding my amp and subwoofer and speakers together and tried different outlets all to no avail. I even bought a "ground loop isolator" and it did not help. Finally I tried different RCA cables and, like magic, the buzz and humm went away! So why on a an expensive turntable would Pro-Ject include cheap RCA cables?! I wasted so much time and was so upset. Lesson learned, I wish I would have tried different cables sooner but I didn't think a company of Pro-Ject's caliber would include anything but high quality parts. I would rather they not include any cables at all. I assumed it must be my amp or my building's power or some other source. Now I am very happy and would recommend this turntable but with the warning about the cables and to be honest, this makes me more likely to look at other brands in the future...
Pros: Sounds great. Looks great. Comes set-up with nice cartridge.
Cons: Poor quality RCA cables (see review.)
I got this to replace an old Dual 627Q and am glad I did. I did some research and was going to go with a debut carbon, but decided on this instead. With this turntable you don't have to upgrade the platter, buy a speed box or change the pulley for 78's. By the time you upgrade the standard debut carbon, you could have this for less. Set up was a snap, but I do recommend getting a stylus tracking force gauge. It just makes it easier. I was impressed with the sound quality. Records with known pops and clicks were greatly reduced. New cleaned vinyl sounded amazing. If you're looking to just get into vinyl or getting back into it, check this turntable out.
Pros: Decent components right out of the box.
Cons: Does not have automatic tone arm return, but that's generally one of the first things to go. I don't miss it.
|Speeds||33-1/3, 45, 78|
|45 RPM Adapter||Yes|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||68|
|Wow and Flutter||0.19|
Belt-Drive Design: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB employs a belt drive design, plus a low-noise synchronous AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilizing TPE) for ultimate speed stability. Together, they offer a smoother rotation and improved overall sound quality.
Built-in Speed Box: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB features a built-in Speed Box which permits electronic speed change between 33, 45, and 78rpm. A simple exchange of stylus to 2M78 (not included) and a drive belt turnover to larger diameter of pulley is also required for 78rpm.
MDF Plinth: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB features a medium density fiber (MDF) that stands on four damped cone feet. The turntable should be positioned on a low-resonance surface such as wood or multiple layer ply-board to avoid structural vibrations disturbing replay.
Acrylic Platter: The turntable comes with a heavy 12" (300mm) acrylic platter. Not mat is included. Pro-Ject recommends that this turntable be used without a mat.
8.6" Carbon Tonearm: The 8.6" single-piece tube carbon fiber tone-arm increases stiffness while decreasing unwanted resonances resulting in a higher fidelity presentation of your vinyl recordings. The conical-shaped carbon-fiber arm-tube avoids standing wave reflections.
MM-Cartridge: The turntable's tone-arm is fitted the 2M Red moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge by Ortofon. This cartridge is capable of exceptional tracking and recovery of the musical nuance found within the records grooves.
RCA Connections: Connection to the phono input of your amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your choice through the turntable's gold-plated stereo RCA phono jacks and grounding screw. The Pro-Ject turntable comes supplied with a 47" stereo RCA cable with ground wire.
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.
Internal Wiring: The turntable's internal wiring consists of flexible high-purity copper from the headshell right through to the gold-plated phono sockets.
Dust Cover: The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.
Colors: Available in high-gloss black, red or white piano lacquer finish.
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Upgrade from my ATLP120 and bump up from the Debut Carbon DC I was going to purchase. [ DENNIS Nov 26, 2018 ]
Best fit for my needs [ Cornel Oct 21, 2018 ]
Good reviews [ Gozar Oct 14, 2018 ]
I have completed a lot of research and for the money, I hope this turntable will meet my needs for the price. I also have purchased from Crutchfield in the past and have been very happy with them and their support. Time will tell when I receive this turntable how it performs and if it is all I hoped it would be. [ Leo Sep 07, 2018 ]
Excellent value for price range [ Dominick A. Sep 07, 2018 ]
Discounted price and features. [ KENNETH R Sep 04, 2018 ]
Had Good Reviews, Plus like the speed control 33 to 45.... [ JERRY Aug 21, 2018 ]
Did my research and this 'table seemed to be the best bang for my buck in the price range I was looking at . [ MICHAEL Feb 27, 2018 ]
Been waiting a long time to enjoy my Evergrey and TOOL vinyl albums. Can't wait to receive this! A friend recommended the pro-ject Carbon as a great quality turntable without breaking the bank. [ Brandon Feb 24, 2018 ]
Have read good reviews about this turntable. [ Brooks Feb 01, 2018 ]
I found the turntable visually striking and liked that the standard cartridge seems quite good [ christopher Dec 12, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews. [ P Dec 04, 2017 ]
Audiophile quality (based on reviews) at a reasonable price. I have a large vinyl collection. [ Anthony May 30, 2017 ]
This is a nice mid entry level turntable that comes with a nice ortofon 2m red cartridge [ Michael Mar 04, 2017 ]
online research [ George Feb 24, 2017 ]
Reviews [ John Aug 07, 2016 ]
Highly rated around the web. [ Brian May 01, 2016 ]
Great specs and looks great. [ Julio Feb 15, 2018 ]
After a lot of deliberation and researching professional and user reviews/videos, and speaking with Cosmo, I chose the Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB (DC) in Gloss Red. From the pictures the unit looks awesome. Professional reviews of the Project Carbon Debut DC - the turntable this one is based on - have great things to say about it. Looking forward to listening to this turntable. [ ALBERT Apr 17, 2016 ]
I looked at several turntables in this general price range. I was impressed with Pro-Ject's reputation. Simple setup. This looks like the most bang I can get for my buck. [ Brian Feb 22, 2016 ]
I have a Pro-Ject Debut that I damaged when I moved it. I had been satisfied with it. I needed a replacement and this seemed like an upgrade with the added features of the acrylic platter, carbon tone arm, and speedbox. [ Paul Jan 01, 2016 ]
Value (features at this price point), also clean contemporary aesthetic. [ John May 02, 2018 ]
Great starter turntable and cartridge combo for my daughters first foray into vinyl. She also liked having a choice of colors. [ KEVIN Mar 22, 2017 ]
Comparing this upgrade from the base debut carbon, there is a lot of value on the included upgrades in this package versus buying them all separately. I think for most listeners, this price is an attractive entry for beginning audiophiles looking to get the most out of their vinyl. This is coming from someone upgrading from an Audio Technica AT-LP120. [ David Bryan Sep 28, 2016 ]
will use my existing turntable to convert vinyl to iTunes, and this new one to play my vinyl collection. This is my first manual turntable. [ Lyle Aug 07, 2016 ]
I did an experiment on this very question twice. When I first got the TT I listened to the same album with the thin mat provided, with no mat, with a cork mat and with a thicker felt mat from my (very) old Rega TT. I thought the best sound was with the Rega mat. Then I upgraded to the Ortofon 2m blue and re ran the experiment. This time I thought that the no mat option sounded the best and I've been using no mat since then. As an aside, the Blue cartridge makes this TT truly come alive. I highly recommend the upgrade. [ MICHAEL Nov 01, 2018 ]
Yes, it does come with a felt pad. [ Edward Mar 10, 2017 ]
Yes the table should come with a thin felt pad that you can use if you want to. You will not damage your LPs if you just place it on the acrylic platter (preferred method). However if you use a heavy turntable spindle weight you might want to use the pad. If you are using some sort of clamp like I do then you should have no issues. I use a thin cork mat that I had custom made by Turntable Toys on Amazon for all three of may tables that all have acrylic platters. It ruins the aesthetics, but gives great grip and works well with clams and weights and also does not generate as much static as the felt does. I actually think if looks better than the felt as that also ruins the aesthetics especially with clear or opaque/clearish vinyl. Bear in mind that this table does not have a VTA (vertical tracking adjustment) so putting anything on there other than the thin felt mat will mess that up. I haven't found any sonic issues or differences with the thin cork on my two Projects. All seems fine. My original is a Debut III upgraded to the acrylic and that platter is much thicker than the stock but I think designed to ride the same height? With my Marantz TT15-S1 I have VTA so I adjust and compensate for this. [ Barry Mar 10, 2017 ]
It does not come with a felt pad and it is suggested that you pace the record straight on the platter. I have played hundreds of records on this with no damage whatsoever just be gentle with your records ??. Sonically this platter makes a big difference. This is a great player. I would suggest the addition of a q-up tonearm lifter to save your stylus when you can't get to the tonearm at end of a record. [ Stuart Mar 10, 2017 ]
Dear Carlos, I don't recall the turntable coming with a felt mat. I have been using the acrylic platter only and have noticed no detrimental wear to the record. You do have a raised lip on the record edge and the center label that limits some contact between the platter and the record. Again, I have had no problems. Hope this helps you. Terry [ TERRY R Mar 10, 2017 ]
As I recall, there was a thin felt pad in the carton, but I think this was only for shipping purposes to protect the platter. I suppose you could use it if you want to. The record is meant to be placed directly on the acrylic platter. It doesn't cause any damage, and It seems to reduce the static electricity, plus it really looks cool. I really like this turntable. My only complaint is that it's a bit "fiddly"; especially that tiny anti-skate weight. [ Bernard Mar 10, 2017 ]
Yes it does come with a felt pad. You won't be placing your vinyl records directly on the acrylic platter. [ warren Mar 10, 2017 ]
No it does not. I have not had any issues with my table. Works great [ james Mar 10, 2017 ]
Yes, a felt pad is included. I don't use it because felt collects static and dust. It's perfectly fine to place the album directly on the acrylic platter. Better even. Enjoy! [ ROBERT Mar 10, 2017 ]
Yes [ Dustin Aug 27, 2016 ]
Yes it does [ bill Aug 26, 2016 ]
Yes, it does include a tonearm cueing lever. [ Zachary Aug 26, 2016 ]
Yes it does. [ RON Aug 26, 2016 ]
It has a lift arm lever. [ GEOFFREY Aug 26, 2016 ]
Hello Henry, make sure you are using the ground wire and connect it to the RCA modules screw on the turntanle and then to the screw on your phono preamp or the casing of your amplifier and any hum should go away. I use audio quest or rocket fish interconnects. [ Michael Jan 22, 2015 ]
Following up on my last message.. Pro-Ject USA Support did not recommend other RCA cables. But after moving the position of my turntable relative to my speakers and using NXG Gold RCA Cables, which cost $10, the hum is gone. [ Chris Jan 20, 2015 ]
I am currently using the cables that were supplied with the turntable with no issues, however I have them isolated pretty well away from other cables. In the past, I have always had good luck with cables from AudioQuest. [ RON Jan 19, 2015 ]
I got the Evergreen cables from Crutchfield. Could not be happier! [ Darren Jan 19, 2015 ]
I also have a hum and have done some research only to learn that it can be caused by multiple issues. Does your hum occur only when the needle is in the groove? If so, the cause may not be the cable, it could be an issue with vibration. There is a lot of information online about correcting that issue. If your hum is like mine and occurs even when the turntable is off there are other things to try. Try disconnecting the ground from both terminals if it is connected or connecting it if it is not. If that does not solve the issue it could be interference from other electronic devices. This is my problem. There are two solutions for this. The best is to move the turntable or cable run away from the sources of interference. Mine is currently sitting right by a power strip and a internet switch. If I move my cable up away from those items, the hum disappears. Another solution, in theory, is to use a cable with better shielding. The reason I say in theory is that I tried an AudioQuest interconnect but heard no discernible improvement. Blue Jeans LC-1 has been recommended to me although I have not tried it. If you do please let me know how it works. [ Amanda Jan 19, 2015 ]
I asked Pro-ject's Service in the USA the same question and am waiting for an answer... But you can try moving the position of the turntable relative to your speakers. When I positioned my turntable slightly higher than my speakers (I have small "brick" speakers and a subwoofer) vs. being on the same level as the speakers, the horrible hum went away. And, of course, be sure to connect the ground from the turntable to the amp And I have not performed the following, but Pro-Ject Service wrote: The hum you're experiencing may be alleviated by something as simple as tweaking the motor suspension setup; from our service experience, we've found that completely removing the two transit screws and rubber grommets that secure the motor mounting plate to the plinth (located under the platter) will often greatly reduce any hum due to possible motor vibration transmission. [ Chris Jan 19, 2015 ]
I am using a pair of old monster cables (Monster Cable M850i) that I had laying around, but you should try for something shielded (plenty here on crutchfield, or amazon or monoprice). As for the hum- did you hook up the ground cable, also? That should really help. [ Paula Jan 18, 2015 ]
I'm using the originals - haven't notice a hum. [ STEPHEN PAUL Jan 18, 2015 ]
I went with iMBA RCA cables...found them on Amazon. Cheap and good quality. There are other options...check out the reviews. [ JOHN CRAIG Jan 18, 2015 ]
The truth is the patch cable that comes with this turntable is SO bad that any, any cable you use instead is a big improvement. I use audio quest on my gear because of its reliability and good value. Try a set of golden gate rca or evergreens if you would like something even less expensive. Peel the stock cable apart and keep the ground wire. Throw the rest out as I've seen this cable loose it center pin in components before. [ George Jan 18, 2015 ]
This worked for me. Pro-Ject Audio - Connect it Model Phono RCA-CC - 1.23M RCA-CC Cost was roughly 100$. It totally eliminated the hum that was caused by the cable that came with my Debut Carbon Esprit (DC). Old cable hum...new cable zero hum. [ Todd Jan 18, 2015 ]
The cables you pick are not the problem, you need to properly ground the turntable itself to remove the hum. [ steven Jan 18, 2015 ]
I use Audioquest Evergreen and it sounds fine. You shouldn't be getting audible hum even with the stock cable. I would check your ground connection. [ JOHN F Jan 18, 2015 ]
Audioquest. You have to buy the RCA and Earth cables seperate but they work great for my table. [ David Jan 18, 2015 ]
No it doe not turn off. It's totally manual. [ Keith Dec 20, 2014 ]
no it does not. i purchased the q-up tone arm lifter and that fits and brings the arm up . saves your needle but the platter still turns. [ DANIEL Dec 18, 2014 ]
No this turntable does not turn itself off at the end of the record. Interestingly, few higher-end turntables have that feature. Probably to preserve the "audiophile" ritual with playing vinyl. [ Michael Dec 17, 2014 ]
Nope. It's all manual. [ Agnieszka Dec 17, 2014 ]
No. [ Justin Dec 17, 2014 ]
No you have to hold down the speed selection button for 3 seconds then it will turn off. [ Eric Dec 17, 2014 ]
no. However sometimes when I hold the speed button to turn off the record player and take the record off the player when it stops, It begins to spin again without me pressing on again once I pick up the record [ Julie Dec 17, 2014 ]
I dont have this model anymore but the two belts are for the two different rotational speeds: 33 and 45. [ Larry May 19, 2018 ]
The second belt is supplied and would be used should you decide you want to play some old 78's. [ John May 19, 2018 ]
The second belt is needed if your playing 78 speed records. [ Michael May 19, 2018 ]
I have only used the flat belt. Unfortunatley do not know the advantage of one over the other but most of my reading says to go with the flat Enter [ Eric May 19, 2018 ]
They are for 33 1/3 rpm & 45 rpm records. [ Richard A May 19, 2018 ]
Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge
Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge
Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge
Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge