What a great turntable for the price. Looks great, sounds great and we'll built.
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.
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.
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.
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?
What a great turntable for the price. Looks great, sounds great and we'll built.
Michael, Irving, TX
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What a great turntable for the price. Looks great, sounds great and we'll built.
Well built, great sounding, and a nice visual touch in our living room. Have had issues with my prior turntable for a while so decided to make the plunge to a real turntable. It's built solidly, sounds great, and the blue is really pretty cool.
Very impressed clean warm saund no motor noise very happy thanks cruthfield
Pros: Quite nice saund
Cons: No adjustments on feet
Glad I decided to step up from some of the cheaper AT models and the essentials III. This record player looks great and sounds amazing!
The Debut Carbon by Pro-Ject is a great turntable for those that want a simple setup without too many bells and whistles. Setup did not take long (there are several videos on Youtube that can guide you through setup), and I was listening to my records within 20 minutes of opening the box. The carbon fiber tonearm is great with no noise...others had mentioned that there is resonance from the tonearm, but I have not noticed this at all in the week that I have been using it. There is also no hum from the motor, and the included platter has a nice heavy weight. I have no complaints with the included Ortofon 2M Red cartridge...these sell for around $100+ on their own, so it is a nice bonus that it is included. Everything on this feels and looks very well made. The only con I can think of involves switching speeds between 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. In order to do this, you have to remove the platter and manually shift the belt to a different spindle. While this is not very difficult to accomplish, it might be a bit of an annoyance to those who enjoy listening to 45s, and they might be better suited for the Pro-Ject Esprit model, which has a button for speed control. I would recommend this turntable to anyone who is new to vinyl records. Packaging and delivery from Crutchfield was on point as well.
Pros: Simple design - well made Ortofon Red Cartridge Tonearm
Cons: Manual speed change
When I switched from a "vintage" turntable to this Project Carbon I instantly understood what people meant when they said Vinyl sounded better. It is a completely different experience. The texture and separation of each instrument is. Incredible. Each recording is like an theme park ride rather than a static piece of material. The vocals are fuller and warm. The bass is thicker and the top end is clean and crisp, never harsh or crackled. Setup is straight forward and enjoyable. The pieces are extremely high quality and the table is absolutely gorgeous. I could not recommend the table any more. It has been the most enjoyable purchase I've made in years, one that completely blew away my expectations. Buy it here for fast shipping, excellent packaging, competitive price, and good stock levels. (Black is hard to find) For the price it's not beatable.
The Debut Carbon is a good turntable because it produces high-quality, undistorted sound. Saying that, the turntable's job is to spin the platter at a constant speed. It's the cartridge with its stylus that produces the actual sound and Pro-Ject had the good sense to pair the Debut Carbon with an Ortofon 2M Red. The Debut Carbon operates smoothly and quietly and the Ortofon Red produces a clean, transparent sound. The cue lever is dampened and operates perfectly. The Debut Carbon has gold-plated RCA jacks, allowing easy RCA cable replacement, not a necessity, but definitely a nice feature. More importantly, the Debut Carbon has an Earth Ground, which is essential to avoiding hum. It would be nice if the Debut Carbon had a power on LED indicator. The anti-skate weight is functional, but technologically unsophisticated for such a nice turntable. Before purchasing I read numerous reviews where the setup instructions were criticized. I would agree that the instructions for tonearm balancing and adjustment could be clearer for the factory-installed cartridge. However, there are several helpful online videos to supplement the written instructions. Though it sounds good out of the box, give it five or more hours of play and the Ortofon 2M Red shines.
Pros: Sleek, contemporary design. High quality finish. Paired with an excellent cartridge. Earth ground. Dampened cue lever. Gold-plated RCA jacks.
Cons: No power on LED. Felt mat could be higher quality. Anti-skate system functional but antiquated. Setup instructions need clarity for tonearm balancing.
This turntable produces terrific sound and looks great. Directions left a bit to be desired, but there's some good stuff on YouTube. I'd recommend this machine: good product that doesn't break the bank.
Decided to get back into vinyl after 35+ years. After much research, decided on the Pro-ject Debut Carbon. It hits the sweet spot between price and performance. Picked one up as a scratch & dent and can't see where it is scratched or dented. Anyway, cleaned up some old records and bought some new ones. Bottom line, this sounds great!! You get the warmth and detail you can't hear on CD's or streaming services. The better your equipment, the better it will sound. I give this my highest recommendation!
Pros: Performance Price - especially if you can get a scratch & dent! Easy setup
Cons: Manual return - get a Q-Up - problem solved!
Beautiful turntable with warm and vibrant sound. Each element of the turntable feels really high end (I yearn for all the switches in my house to have the feel and sound of the power switch on this turntable). I was completely new to the world of turntables and spent a lot of time researching within budget and I am so pleased with this purchase. Cruchfield gave me the right information to make my decision, thank you!
I just got mine today ... a red one, it was very easy to set up; even the tracking weight was easier than I thought it would be. So far, I am loving this table, and I own 3 other good TT's: a Denon, a Technics and a Pioneer. This one is going to be a favorite; I can just tell!
Pros: Love the way it tracks and sounds
Cons: It would be nice to have auto return.
I am rating this TT at 4, but in reality it's more like 3.5. First, I'll get to all the good things I like about the Debut Carbon DC. The fit and finish is well done and would suggest a high quality build. I upgraded from a TT that had RFI issues and static/buzzing from the motor - there was no ground lug on my former TT, what an oversight. I am using this TT with a Schiit Mani pre-amp and there is no RFI or motor noise whatsoever, it's very quite. Now to the not so good. As many have mentioned, the anti-skate is a pain to set up, though thus far I am not having any issues with it working. The dust cover is slightly skewed to one side, nothing major but I've had lesser TT's with better QC. Now, the most important but most subjective part - sound quality. After playing several albums, I concluded that the sound was too sterile for me. Reminded me more of digital music than the old fashioned sound from the 70's. The sound was articulate but lacked 'life' for a lack of a better term. I replaced the cartridge with a Nagaoka MP-110. This completely changed the sound. I now get a warmer sound, slightly more low end and seemlingly better separation. Piano and electric guitar has that warm fuzzy glow to its sound, if that makes sense. Overall, I am pleased with the Debut Carbon DC, but only after I upgraded the cartridge.
Pros: Well built, Quiet
Cons: Did Not Like Stock Cartridge
I am getting back into vinyl after about a 25 year break and this turntable is a great re-entry point. It is a totally manual unit but that is what I actually prefer as it is obvious that the engineering has gone into quality sound performance rather than add-ons that I don't need. My albums sound just as good as I remember them from all those years ago. 5 out of 5.
Setup was very easy. Only had to do some minor tweaks. This unit performs beyond my expectations and I feel it is above just an entry level TT. The Ortofon cartridge is smooth and clear and tracks very nicely. Thanks to Crutchfield for an easy transaction and very fast shipping.
Pros: Price?Setup/Easey to use
I would suggest buying this before they decide to "improve" it the way Yamaha did with the A-S 500 Integrated Amp. I'm running this thru the Pro-Ject Phono Box S; it really sounds great.
Getting into vinyl after a 30 year break. This TT was easy to set up with the help of a couple YouTube videos. Have it hooked up to a Cambridge Audio phono amp and a NAD c326bee running Dali Zensor 1 speakers. Sounds awesome! TT is very classy and slick looking! Bought as scratch-and-dent from Crutchfield but didn't notice anything. Tossed the rca cables that came with it (due to hum) and replaced with AudioQuest Golden Gate as recommended (thanks Taylor!). No more hum!
THE sound is warmer than CD's and the PRO-JECT CARBON is just what I wanted thank you for all your help I will be back. STEVE
Pros: Warm GREAT looking Fantastic sound
This a great turntable, recommended.
Love it. Works well. Great sound. Red is a great color
Pros: Basic and straight forward
Cons: Challenging to put the few things together for this tech-challenged guy
Clearly a better sounding turntable than the Technics SL-1400 that I have been using (which sounded better than another Technics I had). Better bass with a bigger, more open soundstage. Not the best build quality and I'm not certain that the speed is not without a warble here and there BUT I wanted better sound and I got it. I might go for the Espirit which has the speed box and upgraded platter but for now, I'll just enjoy the improved sound. Oh yeah, just like most others say, the supplied interconnects produced major hum that went away when I swapped another set in there. Seems odd that these turntables would ship with lousy cables.
Pros: Good sound
Cons: poor cables
Wow. Precisely engineered, extremely quiet, super-cool design - the Debut Carbon exceeded my expectations. So much fun to drop the tone arm and...like I said - WOW. I bought the red model and it just makes the listening ritual satisfying and fun. Love, love love.
Pros: Great looks, very quiet (the carbon fiber arm really reduces audio artifacts), solid platform.
Cons: Switching speeds seems a little clumsy - an "auto off" switch would be nice. The anti-skate set up is also a little difficult.
This is a great turntable. The instructions are little rough if you are new to setting up a turntable; YouTube has many excellent videos on how to set it up. I suggest using one of those videos rather than struggling to decipher the instructions. This is also a fully manual turntable. No auto-return. I think that is part of the charm; your mileage may vary. Old records sound great and the turntable itself is designed very tastefully. I highly recommend it.
Among the many here who are replacing their old Acoustic Research table with this one. I had no illusions about what owning a FULLY MANUAL turntable means. Hey, why do vinyl in the first place unless you are willing to put a little work in for better, deeper warmer sound? The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is a GREAT table for this price. The inclusion of the Ortofon 2M Red sealed the deal. Quiet operation and steady speed means you get exactly what you are hoping for - music and not muttering and groaning from the turntable. It appears to be a STATIC NOISE MAGNET with the standard felt table pad, so I am looking for something to replace it with. It is hard to imagine a better balance between price and performance. I highly recommend this table and its very good cartridge. NOTE - Yes, the anti-skating device IS a pain in the butt to set up. The key is to set the extremely fine monofilament line completely into the machined slot. Gently run your finger (or a toothpick) around the stem to seat as much of the line as possible into the slot - it will not stay if it is just fitted at the edge. NOTE TO PRO-JECT - a square anti-skate post would help here.
Pros: Ortofon cartridge, quiet operation, understated good looks.
Cons: Fiddly anti-skating setup, static electricity everywhere!
Excellent turntable. No problem with set up and my records never sounded better. Highly recommended.
Pros: Looks and sounds high quality
Cons: On off button in underside of turntable is odd.
Rega turntables came highly recommended by a friend. I was also influenced by the online reviews of the Pro-Ject DC. Overall, I'm very pleased with this turntable, although I wish it had an automatic return feature; however, I knew it didn't have that feature when I bought it. Given its performance, I've no plans of trading it in on a different model. I've been wanting to unearth my stored vinly albums for some time now, and the Pro-Ject DC and cartridge combo has delivered the great sounds I remember enjoying 40 years ago. BTW: while the manuracturer's setup instructions seemed intimidating, I found an online vid that easily walked me through the process. I would highly recommend this turntable on it's price point and the exceptional sound quality of the unit.
Pros: Great sound reproduction. Quality product. Easy setup.
Cons: Manual return...but that's the only reason it doesn't get five stars.
Really good TT and cartridge. A lot for the money. Not crazy about anti-skate system. Good idea to check setting with a record with a "no-groove" area.
I have been an audiophile since the mid 1960s. When I was a teenager I saved my money to get an AR turntable with a Shure V-15 Type II cartridge. In the early 1980s I switched to a linear arm turntable. I carefully copied my LPs to open reel tape at 7.6 inches per second. I had great speakers and great headphones. I did a lot of serious listening. I often displayed the audio signal on an oscilloscope. In the 1990s I began replaying all of my LPs to put them on CD. I spend untold hours looking at the digital signals. When we moved this past year, my wife brought a box of her LPs. She was never quite satisfied with the transfer to her iPod. So I bought the Pro-ject DC Carbon. My first impression was that it was similar to my AR turntable. But that was only a superficial comparison. The tone arm on the Pro-ject is amazing. At fist I thought it was a gimmick. Then I started to play records. The clear sound and overall sonic experience was far beyond my expectations. It was like I had never heard the records before. Analyzing the signals, I was blown away at the lack of rumble - the only "cleaning" I needed to do for the iPod transfer was remove "pops" and "clicks" that are in some of these old LPs. The adjustment of the tracking force and anti-skating was a wee bit unclear in the manual, but Crutchfield has produced a video that explains it clearly. The system works perfectly. The cue lever has nearly perfect characteristics. My overall
Pros: Great sound. Fantastic tone arm characteristics. Great cartridge. Great cue lever.
Cons: If you don't like manual turntables, this may not be for you. Dust cover is hard to use on a shelf. You need about 18 inches of vertical height. External pre-amp needed. You need a dust control system - anti-static brush or brush that tracks the groove.
5 Stars for performance! 4 Stars for a little bit of frustration during setup. Once it is connected and balanced, it is an unbelievable sound experience. If you are considering the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, you will have to ask yourself these questions- 1. Do you care that it does not have automatic tone arm return? You will have to get up and manually return the tone arm to its rest. 2..Do you intend to play 45 RPM? Prepare yourself to remove the platter and change the belt from one position to another. 3. Do you have an aversion to watching someone show you on YouTube how to set up & balance the tone arm, and set the anti-skate mechanism (which is an exercise in patience)? I could not have done the set up without the You Tube demo. And hanging a weight with a very fine piece of fishing line is , well, just a little weird. But, having gotten through it, the moment you drop the needle on a fine piece of vinyl, all previous frustrations disappear. The sound is amazing. It is the blending of 3 components working in harmony- the amp, the turntable, and the speakers. Enjoy!
Great sound. Easy setup
Pros: Sound quality
Very happy with my turntable after one week. Had to use extensions on RCA cables (used basic set from Walmart), and not surprised to hear bad hum and buzz. Replaced cables that came with turntable and connected heavy duty cables- 6 no more noise. It's a real beauty. Crutchfield was outstanding, and even sent a follow up post card thank you note. Nice touch!
Pros: Very good sound
Cons: If you're not ready for fully manual mode, don't buy this.
When I got the vinyl "bug" again this year after a long hiatus, I had a run-of-the-mill Technics from the 80's rotting in the basement. I decided to get a decent looking, budget oriented, updated turntable. After much research, I zeroed-in on this one. Crutchfield offered a bargain I couldn't resist from the "scratch & dent" fitted with the Ortofon 2M Red. Aside from the horrible non existing instructions on how to set up the anti skating weight, I was impressed by the looks and the solidity of the Pro-ject DC. The cartridge came perfectly aligned as I confirmed with the included protractor. I have seen the 2M reviewed favorably and I was not disappointed. To my ears it's just as good as my friend's $1200 pretentious cart. I'm ecstatic with this combo and am starting to see what was all the fuss and what I'd been missing.
Good basic table. Setup confusing. Get counterweight right or sound will be very shrill without authority.
A great beginner/entry level turntable for hifi setups. The directions weren't incredibly clear but it's nothing that a video on YouTube can't fix.
Pros: Awesome sound Great color options
Cons: Flimsy felt mat
I love this turntable. I find it to have the same, or better, quality than turntables I've paid three times as much for.
Pros: Carbon arm, easy setup, and great value
I really love this turntable! Granted I was upgrading from a budget setup, but the depth and texture of the music from my better vinyls is exactly what I was hoping for. Setup was not too bad, just followed the steps.
Pros: High quality at the price Depth and richness of sound Carbon fiber!!
Sturdy unit and flashy appearance. It was quite easy to set up with the help of a youtube video dedicated to out-of-the-box assembly. If there is a difference between these and the million dollar turntables, my ears would likely miss the comparison.
Pros: looks flashy
I love the simple setup and operation of this turntable. The color pops on top of the black cabinet where I store my vinyl. The sound is excellent combined with SVS Prime speakers and Marantz NR1607 receiver. I needed a pre amp and went with the recommended NAD pp 2e. Very satisfied with this configuration.
Pros: Easy setup, sounds great, love the red base!
Cons: The motor does not always start when I flip the on/off switch.
I'm very happy with this turntable! After my old AR turntable died more than 7 years ago I have been debating whether or not to buy this one. I wasn't sure I would use it or listen to my old LPs. I had read the reviews and knew I wanted this model (or back then it's predecessor). Well I finally took the leap and am enjoying it immensely! Part of my reluctance was due to some of the comments about confusing setup instructions. Well I watched a few different YouTube setup tutorials. It was so easy to do I felt silly for the worry! Great service from Crutchfield. Great turntable, looks beautiful and sounds warm and beautiful as well. Don't wait as long as I did!
Very good turntable. I really wanted an automatic turntable as I have small kids currently and can't always run right back to remove the tone arm from the end of the record. So I tried the Denon DP-300F. It was okay, but it had inconsistent speed issues. I then tried the Fluance RT-81 which is great (with 'auto off,' it stops spinning at the end of the record) and sounds excellent, but it also had speed issues (always slow at 32.3 RPM instead of 33.3!). That made it unlistenable. So, I narrowed it to the manual options of Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB deciding I would give up my dream of having a good sounding Automatic turntable for $400 or less. Seems like that should be an option in this day and age! Anyhow, went with the Pro-Ject Carbon as I am not a DJ and don't regret it. Sounds nice and speed is right on. I will likely pick up the Q Up automatic tone arm lifter eventually for it. It would be great it Crutchfield sold those too. About the only negative to me is a replacement stylus for the Orthofon 2M Red cartridge is costly. The Grado Prestige Black and the Audio Technica AT95E have much cheaper stylus replacements, and honestly, I can't hear the difference between the three. I think all three sound great.
Excellent sound, setup and ready to use in less than 30 minutes.
Pros: Good sound and price.
The bottom line is that the sound from this turntable is awesome. Would I buy it again - YES!! However, it's appropriate that the company is named Pro-ject, because setting up this product can be a project. OK, pardon my exaggeration, because it's really not that difficult. Only the lack of clear directions makes it so. It pays to watch a couple of good youtube videos before you start. Also, there can be some vibration or a slight chatter from the motor. This is mechanical, not electronic. The problem - nowhere in the directions does it say to remove the transport screws. It took phone calls to Crutchfield and the company in CA to get this resolved. After removing the screws, the turntable is absolutely silent. Beware - the anti-skating mechanism is a little flimsy. Once everything is resolved - great performance and a great value for the price.
Pros: Awesome sound, great value.
Cons: Lack of clear directions can make set-up burdensome. Flimsy anti-skating mechanism.
I've been researching turntables in this price range for quite sometime. It has everything that I wanted and nothing that I didn't. Sound is amazing and quality seems to be just as good.
Pros: Quality Stylus Appearance
Cons: No auto shutoff or return
Beautiful sound, simple design with great sounding results. The sleek and stylish design will complement any room. Be patient and follow the instructions for the best quality sound!
I'm really liking my entry back to vinyl. The turntable was packed really well. Had a bit of problem following the written directions for initial setup but once I used a digital gauge to double check the tracking weight everything just fell right into place and it sounded great on a sony receiver hooked up to an old pair of JBL LX160's. So far having a blast listening to vinyl again.
Pros: Well made good looking and packaged really well.
Cons: Anti-skate device seems a little odd for this quality of turntable.
Excellent turntable for the price range.
Recently purchased the Pro-Ject Debut Caron to replace my old Technics Sl-D1, which also used an Ortofon 2M Red. The Project had a night/day improvement in sound, especially with older LP's (some 35 plus years old). Set up was easy with the pre-installed and aligned Ortofon 2m. My only regret was not buying the Pro-Ject sooner.
Pros: Pre-installed cartridge, easy set-up. Great price.
Cons: None, if you are interested in a complete manual turntable. Anti-Skate support bracket needed a slight rotation CW to avoid support string rubbing on tone arm, but this was easy. Discussed with both Crutchfield and also Pro-Ject factory representative in CA, who both agreed was a proper adjustment.
Love this turntable!
Pros: Works amazingly well. The sound quality is great and the overall construction of the turntable is very good. I ordered the red debut carbon and I love the way it look. Setting up the turntable can be a little tricky to some, but there are many great videos on YouTube that show you how to do it. In my opinion it was pretty simple and straightforward.
Cons: None so far. Great product!
I love the fullness of analog music. This turntable and cartridge combination works very well to reproduce all of the octaves in the music - not just the middle ones. Clean look. Wish it could have been automatic. I am pleased with this turntable!
I admit, when I 1st opened the box, I was taken back by the fact I had to "assemble" the unit. I have not had a turn table in 20+ years. Once I got over the initial shock, it was very simple to set it up properly. The build quality is awesome. I have had no issue with the counter weight. Just read the booklet. it tells you exactly how to set the weight.
Pros: Great sound. Easy to set up (after initial shock).
Cons: None at all
I just took the plunge and went back to vinyl. Reason is that I was craving that warm sound that only vinyl provided. After much research I decided to go with the Project Debut Carbon with the Ortofon 2M Red. Connected to my Bryston B60 Integrated Amp the sound was even better than expected. I highly recommend this turntable you are not going wrong for the incredible sound you get at that price. I would also like to recommend the team at Crutchield. A great knowledgeable staff such as Rex or Daisy. They were a real pleasure to work with. Recieved my turntable and the a phono amp exactly when they promised delivery. Kudo's Crutchfield!
I chose the Debut Carbon based on Pro-Ject's reputation and the utter simplicity of the turntable. While my old turntable was fully automatic this one is fully manual; for those unaware; that means once you turn it on you have to manually use the cueing lever to lift the tone arm and lower it to the record as well as lift it again at the end of the side. The turntable itself is very well made, the finish is excellent and feels as though its made of quality components. That said, there are two issues that some may not appreciate, the felt platter mat which is a dust magnet and the fishing line mounted anti-skate weight that seems like an afterthought. Set up was fairly easy though setting the balance of the tonearm took a few tries to get right. So far I've enjoyed my new turntable, its been great to breathe new life into old records, discover new vinyl and feel as though I am involved in the listening experience. The four hundred dollar question of course, how does it sound? In a word excellent. The motor is silent and the speed stability is faultless so the music that comes through is going to be as good as your speakers allow. The Debut Carbon is going not going to be the weak link in your listening experience!
Pros: -Quality -Excellent materials over all -Fairly easy to set up
Cons: -fishing line anti-skate weight -Initial balance can be a bit finicky
Very nice table. Great sound and build quality. Very easy set up. Great style and looks.
Pros: Nice looking table, great sound, easy set up.
Cons: Anti skate is a bit strange I.e. Fishing line.
I like everything about the turntable except the anti-skate mechanism design. The anti-skate loop comes off the stub too easily. It didn't help that the anti-skate wire wasn't positioned correctly in the factory. It was too close to the tonearm. With the wire positioned correctly the line touches the tonearm when the tonearm moves toward the center of the record. I doubt that that's supposed happen but I couldn't find information about how high the wire loop should be from the base of the turntable. If the wire loop holding the line was a little higher this touching would not happen. The documentation could be improved. The diagram on the bottom of page 2 describes how far the anti-skate wire should be positioned from the tonearm but the diagram isn't labeled and there aren't any references to the diagram in the manual so the only hint to what it's about is the part number for the anti-skate wire, 17. It took me a few attempts to understand the tonearm weight adjustment. If instructions were a little clearer I could have gotten it the first time. I haven't made the changes necessary to play 45s yet. If someone asked my advice I'd give it a qualified recommendation. I'm not going to return the turntable but if I had experience with the turntable before I bought the DC I might have bought something else.
Pros: Sounds good, good cartridge
Cons: anti-skate design
What an amazing product for the small monetary investment. The turntable just exudes quality. It arrives with a quality cartridge already installed to the carbon fiber tone arm, and even the appearance of the TT looks like a work of art. I chose the 'piano' finish and although it does show dust, it is worth it to have the appearance in my home. Speaking of things in my home, the quality music reproduction that now is a permanent fixture in my home is due to the existence of the Pro-Ject turntable as part of my stereo set-up. I recommend this product extremely highly. The only reason that I do not give it 5 stars is due to the fact that it is fully manual operation. But I find that most high quality, audiophile pieces are. Regardless, you will not be disappointed with this piece.
Pros: High quality music reproduction, Art-like appearance, quality cartridge pre-installed, ease of tone arm set-up.
Cons: Fully manual operation (but a SMALL price to pay for such a quality piece.)
This record player is an upgrade to a direct drive that I have had for a few years. When researching and purchasing the Pro Ject Debut Carbon dc I was looking for an easy set up, clean look and quality sound. I got all of that and more. My purchasing experience with Crutchfield was easy and I received the player earlier than expected. Set up was simple with online video examples. I have been using the player for a week now and the sounds is clean and beautiful. I am extremely pleased!
Pros: Fast shipping Easy set up Clean look Great sound
This turntable is a wonderful piece of art. Performance driven with incredible sound from 20hz to 20khz.
Pros: Easy to set up, assembly instructions available on youtube, looks elegant
Cons: None observed
Sleek as all heck. Beautiful piece of equipment.
Solid turntable. Sound is a welcome upgrade from my 30 year old turntable. Ortofon 2M Red cartridge has a real clean sound. Tonearm lift lever real smooth easy drop onto record. Watch the online videos to help with setup written directions a little vague. I checked my setup with a shure stylus gauge later and it was dead on.
Pros: Very good sound. Well designed sturdy construction smooth operation.
I wish I could say that I am an expert and researched turntables for weeks before buying this one, but no. I chatted with a Crutchfield specialist, told her I haven't purchased a turntable in twenty years, and looked to her for guidance. She put together a great configuration for me including this turntable. It really is just what I need.
Pros: Nice, solid construction. Weighty platter on a stable base. Well-balanced tone arm. Smooth belt-driven motor. Absolutely excellent sound.
Cons: To switch from 33 1/3 RPM to 45RPM you remove the platter and move the drive belt from one pulley to another -- not as simple as flipping a switch. But the trade off of a motor that only spins at one speed is a better and more reliable system.
I couldn't be happier with my decision to purchase this player. I wanted a serious upgrade to my Denon DP-29F player (also purchased from Crutchfield!), and this appears to be just that. Ordering from Crutchfield is a breeze and only a snow storm could delay my free two-day shipping by a day, but it was worth the wait. The player is solid, well-built and easy to set up. Just watch the YouTube videos on setup ( I found 3 that were helpful). The videos take all the confusion re: the anti-skate weight, etc. out of the picture. I didn't even have to read the directions. I debated on the upgraded Carbon DC Esprit because of the platter, but I can always get the platter later. I will because I can, but based on sound quality I don't see the need. As for switching the belt for 45s vs. 33 1/3, it's a very simple process. This player is quiet, absolutely no hum from the motor or the supplied cables. All in all, what a beautiful piece for the price.
Pros: Well-built, solid, heavy construction. Beautiful finish. Upgrades possible later, but not obviously necessary.
I love this turntable! I did alot of research before I bought the Pro-ject Carbon Debut. The build quality is top-notch and the sound is brilliant - it's the best $400 you'll probably spend in putting together an awesome sound system.
Pros: Quality, value, sound
It's makes my vinyl recordings sound great. Simple to,set up and use.. I like the preinstalled cartridge. The instructions are a bit obtuse, and should plainly state in bold that this is a "two-speed" player.
Pros: Simplicity and quality workmanship. Turntable mat a plus.
Cons: No automatic return.
Great turntable. Setup was a breeze. The output from vinyl is amazing. I was afraid of the 'Humming' sound which a lot of online reviewers were complaining about but mine has no humming sound at all. I connected the RCA+gound cables which came with the turntable to my receiver.
Pros: The unit looks great in piano black and setup was easy.
Cons: A little bit pricey?
Overall this a good player for the money, but I have a few issues with this product that are hard to overcome. 1st and for most the ant-skating mechanism is terrible. It's loosely rigged with a fishing line to the weight and back of tone arm and falls off all of the time, it's Really Annoying. Then there's the hinges for the cover which are attached via cheap plastic brackets and cheap metal screws. Not impressed at all and I can see this breaking after time. The last issue is the set-up. The tone-arm counter weight, and the problem I have with it is that where it's packed in the box I couldn't find it. Pro-ject ought to add a note in the manual saying it's packed in the styrofoam.
Pros: Sounds good for the money. Set-up video found on the web is helpful.
Cons: Anti-skating system is awful. Cheap hinges and weak design overall for the plastic cover.
A very good piece for a cheap price. Very simple set up, and there is a wealth of online reviews that feature set up instructions. With the Ortofon cartridge, it's a quality piece for an entry level price.
Pros: Easy set up. Great aesthetics. Hard to beat for price.
Cons: At the price, there's really no cons to complain about. There are better tables, but you'll have to shell out some dough
A mix match of parts, but of good or high quality - recommend upgrading the stylus to a blue ortfon, not that the red is bad . I can't get into the anti-skating feature, but it seems to work. I upgraded to the acrylic platter, nice improvement. A good turntable to start from, Eventually, I will upgrade to a Higher-end model
Pros: Stylish, Sounds wonderful with the bue ortofon stylus, excellent for the price point
Cons: budget-minded turntable
I hadn't bought a turntable in a very long time, so I was basically starting from scratch. After some research I had it narrowed down to the Pro-ject debut carbon and the music hall mmf-2.3.I believe either one would have been a good choice, as they are very similar. In the end it came down to a coin toss and the pro-ject won out. Turns out that I'm very happy with the outcome. The setup was easy, after looking at a you tube video. Overall the turntable looks great but more importantly sounds great and brings out the best in my old albums.
Pros: Good quality sound for the price.
Cons: In my mind,the cartridge downforce adjustment instructions were a little confusing.
I'm very happy with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable. I purchased it in order to digitize my large LP collection. Considering the amount of work this will be, I wanted to replace my 35 year old turntable with a better one. This was a great choice - I can't really tell the difference from the ones I play on the turntable and the digitized version.
Pros: Great sound, ease of set-up (using the on-line video), looks great
Overall, a great value for the money. Not a perfect turntable, but I believe one would be hard-pressed to find a better one under $400. I have had it for about two weeks and no issues have surfaced so far. Setup was easy, but the anti-skating mechanism is a bit tricky. I had to use a different setting than the one recommended in the manual to avoid the tonearm to slide across when positioning the needle at the beginning of the record. Some hum is indeed transmitted to the preamp, but somewhat within the noise floor. I guess one could detract one star for that from the rating. Everything else works flawlessly (there is really not much that can go wrong, this is as a bare bone setup as it gets). Motor is silent, no vibrations heard from the body of the turntable. I need to listen to more records before casting a judgment on the sound (I am in the process of cleaning up my record collection after more than 20 years of neglect) bur what I have heard so far sounds promising.
Pros: Good overall turntable, possibly the best value available today. No noise from the motor, speed seems accurate when listening. Good tonearm mechanism. Looks great. Detachable audio connectors. Sounds good, but it is a bit too early for me to say.
Cons: The anti-skating mechanism is very basic (three settings), and not very accurate. Some hum transmitted through the tonearm, not a deal-breaker, but it may be of concern to some. Setting of the tonearm was simple, apart from the anti-skating mechanism (I had to ignore the recommendation from the manual)
Sounds good, looks great! Fast shipping by crutchfield. Perfect experience and very happy with this purchase.
I have not owned a turntable in about 25 years. I researched the current turntable market based on features, performance and value. The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC looked like the best fit for me in the $400 price range. The setup was easy and after playing a few records, I found that I made a great purchase decision. I am a big jazz fan and the Debut Carbon DC brings out each instrument beautifully and the vocals sound amazing. You'll think Diana Krall is in the room with you. Buy it and you will love it.
Pros: Easy setup Sound is amazing
After researching which turn table to buy for weeks on end I decided to invest a little extra and get the one I really wanted. If I have thousands invested in records which should my TT be only $100-200? I decided to go with a belt drive, fully manual model because it breaths classic and intimate. The only parts present are utilitarian. High quality construction and the sound is out of this world. I have yet to meet someone with a better sounding set up. I went for the Red gloss because life is short- and black screams cheap-looking. I also opted for the acrylic platter which allows me to go without a slip mat and the sound is even better. A pro-ject pre amp into my bose sound dock 10 and I'm listening to un-distorted bliss. Worth every penny. Don't settle when it comes to music.
Pros: -Sound -Quality -Easy Set Up (watch YouTube for walk through) -Sleek look -Resale Value
Cons: -Price -Switching the belt from 33 to 45 requires taking off the platter but it's worth having one less part to go wrong (a button) and how many 45s do they even sell anymore? -Your friends will be jealous
Good quality sound for the price, nice finish, time will tell as only had for a couple weeks. Had a few issues with anti-skate weight fishing line slipping off. Finally put tiny application of super glue on line with toothpick.
Cons: anti-skate weight line
I am really quite the novice. I didn't even realize that manual meant you had to manually return the arm to the rest. I thought all turntables do that automatically. Now that I know better I am very pleased with my purchase. I never knew my old record sounded so so good. Plus it's good to get off my butt every 20 minutes or so.
I had narrowed my choice for new turntable down to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and the Rega RP1. I was replacing a 80's Realistic Turntable, and I chose the Debut for a few reasons. 1. The Debut Carbon is significantly heftier than the Rega RP1. Rega's design principle of light and rigid sounds good, but when I felt the table with my own hands and saw it in person, it felt cheaper. I'm not convinced light/rigid makes for better sound either. The Debut is heavier. It feels like it belongs in a HiFi system. 2. The tonearm on the Debut Carbon DC is much nicer. It's a carbon tonearm, single-piece construction. The RP1 has 2 parts: a tube and headshell (glue holding them together). 3. The leads on the RP1 come directly from the cartridge. The back of the RP1 has two cables: power and audio out. The audio out on the RP1 does not have a ground wire (not a negative, just an interesting fact). The Debut, on the other hand, has RCA plugs on the back of the turntable (you can upgrade and swap out your interconnects. 4. I think the Cartridge on the Debut is a nicer cartridge than the stock RP1. 5. The Debut was almost $50 cheaper than the RP1 when I bought it (445 for the RP1, 399 for the Debut Carbon) On the other hand, the anti-skate feature on the RP1 is more elegant than the weight and string solution for the Debut. Maybe the Rega name has better pedigree, but I liked the overall feel, sound, and look of the Debut Carbon. It's a really attractive table.
Pros: Good sound, price, looks,
Cons: No manual return, anti-skate weight is a little strange,
It took a little while to set it up, and I could have spent less...but it sounds fantastic!
Pros: Sleek, simple, and beautiful sound.
Cons: A bit of a pain to balance the arm
There was a slight hum that many reviewers speak of, but it seems to have disappeared over time. This player replaced an Audio Technica LP-120. While there are plenty of mechanisms for making adjustments on this model, the Audio Technica had a great deal more, and the Audio Technica seemed to constantly need major and minor adjustments. The Pro-Ject doesn't, which is a huge plus in my book. Audiophiles seem to always be upgrading their turntables and I'm probably going to do the same, but if upgrading wasn't ever going to be an option, I'm quite happy with the Pro-Ject's sound and performance.
Pros: Consistency/Mostly Hassle-Free, Attractive, Size, Great Sound
Cons: Slight hum for the first month or so.
Great turntable and cartridge. (Pro-Ject Caron Debut - Orotofon red cart) It does what exactly what I wanted. Not a lot of bells and whistles just a great piece of gear delivering exactly the performance I was looking for in a belt drive turntable.
Pros: Well made - execlent purpose specific design and execution - quiet operation
I had the original ProJect Carbon Debut that I purchased from Crutchfield around 20 months ago. What a great sounding turntable except for some minor motor noise. I also replaced the felt pad with a cork Music Hall pad. Great upgrade. Unfortunately, I started having a persistent dropping out of the right channel. After calling customer support and doing some trouble shooting, Crutchfield agreed to warranty my old turntable. Since I really like the Carbon Debut, I opted for the latest version. My out of pocket cost was only $10. Now for the good. The new unit has a much better power supply that is essentially silent. In addition, the connections on the rear of the unit have been moved further back to make it easier to connect the RCA and ground wire connections. The Ortofon cartridge sounds great and is very musical. Upgrade path is available for these cartridges in the future. I don't understand why people deduct a point for this being a manual turntable. It is clearly stated in the description. I have the red one and it looks classy. I do recommend using the dust cover while playing. In my case I have a fairly powerful subwoofer close to the turntable. This can cause feedback with my oak floor in a pier and beam house (new house to us). Some nice rugs for Christmas will be in order. The turntable is hooked up to a Hagerman Bugle 2 preamp, then into my NAD T748 into B&W 685 speakers (biamped) and my homemade 12" 300 watt sub. Superb sound!
Pros: Crutchfield customer support. Simply the best. I've been buying here for over 20 years. No surprises. The turntable sounds like a dream. Best bang for the buck turntable. Wash your old records before you play them for best results.
Cons: The felt mat. I would try the cork before spending the money for an acrylic platter.
I was looking for a decent turntable that would sound great without costing a fortune. I kept seeing great things written about this turntable across different audio review sites. Crutchfield was super helpful during my purchase, and their recommendation sealed the deal. Crutchfield even special-ordered the gloss blue version for me, so I'm grateful for the awesome service! The instructions weren't terribly clear, but luckily there are a lot of very helpful online videos that show how to set it up. Set-up took about 20 minutes. Everything feels high-quality - from the beautiful gloss finish, carbon tone arm, and hidden on/off switch. It looks amazing. I hooked it up to my 20-year-old Onkyo amp. The sound is great; especially through my Grado headphones (also from Crutchfield). It skipped on me a few times when I played it loud, but I don't know if I need to adjust my tone arm settings, or move it further away from my speakers. I need to play with it more. I love listening to it; it's made my records fun again. You do need to change the belt to switch from 33 to 45 rpm - but it's super easy to do. If you want a turntable that sounds great and looks great too; this one is a good choice.
Pros: Great cartridge, high-quality tone arm, awesome color
Cons: Instructions aren't clear
Great sounding and appearance turntable. You get that classic analog sound (somewhat different from CD audio). IMO CD audio is cleaner and brighter.
Pros: Classic Analog audio. Very attractable turntable.
Cons: No auto return when record is finished playing. Kind of finicky with ground issues (Hum).
This is a really excellent product overall. Great build quality, and truly superior sound even from records that have seen better days. I really enjoy this turntable, and it has made me want to get even more into my collection. My one small reservation is that set-up was a little difficult if you are not familiar with new turntable set-up, or haven't done it in a while. Luckily online videos are extremely helpful. The anti-skate weight is also a little finicky in staying on, but once you get used to it not too bad.
Pros: Great sound, excellent build quality
Cons: Confusing set-up instructions, required to go to "outside" research to get tone arm set-up properly.
Excellent turntable for the money
Pros: Easy setup and excellent sound
Cons: None so far
This table is an excellent sounding and super easy to set up table for the price. The reson I am giving it 4 stars is due to poor quality rca cables that come with the ProJect Debut. When I set the table up at first I had a ground issue that I couldn't resolve. I tried a several different setups of my equipment to resolve the issue. Then I unintentionally turned one of the attached rca cables and the ground noise nearly disappeared. So I replaced the cables with Audioquest cables and the ground noise was totally resolved.
Pros: Great sounding table for the money and super easy setup but...
Cons: Poor quality included rca cables
From my childhood days I wanted to experience vinyl, however due to its affordability and maintenance could not fulfill the wish. There after digital world ruled and the wish was never fulfilled until I have come across this machine. Few factors that motivated me are the positive reviews (highly regarded as flawless machine in the entry-mid level in every forum), cost and recommendation by one of my friend who has been living in analog world for more than 30+ years. First of all out of the box the sound of this machine blew away all my earlier experiences. I recommend this to everyone interested to experience analog audio. One issue is the ProJect documentation is confusing. I had to go to an online video to perform the setup. One posted was excellent, detailed and very helpful to a novice user. After giving serious listening I started exploring options to enhance/upgrade further. One of the recommendations by many people for Carbon was an upgrade to Speedbox. However, could not find one compatible with Carbon DC. Just then the forums and community of Crutchfield has helped. Post a question will definitely receive a response in few hours. Thanks to all the members. This version already comes with a DC Speedbox just that switching from 33 to 45 rpm has to be done manually. Only caveat for me is the manual switching. I have bunch of EPs that are 45rpm while others are 33 rpm. Doing a manual switching is bit painful.
Pros: Excellent clarity and details Warmth feel Ease of initial setup
Cons: Switching between speeds Very light and delicate
Easy to set up. The sound quality makes my previous turntables of yesteryear look like child's play. Bought this with the Cambridge phono pre-amp and AudioQuest Evergreen cables. And yes, better cables do make a difference. Turntable is solid, smooth, and high quality. Rated as an entry level unit in many reviews, however I would recommend to anyone looking for a great unit for the price.
Pros: Sound quality, set up, ease of use.
Cons: Switching from 33 to 45 rpm requires removing the platter and adjusting the belt.. but who listens to 45s anyway?
This was a great buy. Easy to install, sounds great, and fantastic to get back into the world of Vinyl after a few years of being away. The only reason I dropped the rating by one star to 4 is because there is no automatic shut off switch after the LP is finished playing. Pretty big omission in my view. But overall I am very satisfied.
Pros: Sound Quality, Set Up
Cons: no automatic shut off switch
Days of youth "record players" and tape cassettes were the norm. Saturn has made its return once and now have family along with really good music setup. Keep seeing LPs everywhere and got the itch to revisit. As much as I like digital, I have an underlying belief that a good analog source sounds better. Kind of like a little CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) in a movie is great, a lot and you feel sun scorched. Anyway, couldn't justify $1000 but didn't want to hook up a $200 player to the system. Like goldilocks, this little guy is so right. Carbon fiber tone arm, great Ortofan Red stylus, glossy paint and little dust cover. It sounds wonderful and is very predictable to use. Solid all the way around. Did buy Cambridge audio MM phono amp to go with it. Cannot say enough how this turntable is perfect. One change, I found the felt matt that comes with it to be really static attracter. Went online and purchased the Leather It (Project Carbon leather matt) to go on the platter. Much better as I thought the acrylic might be overkill for my taste. Really and truly this has been a lot of fun and now I am listening to album sides again - kind of like that I can't change songs on a whim - hearing the whole story that the artist meant me to hear. Pink Floyd the Wall - 2 LPs - fantastic
Pros: Design, design, design - everything works well
Cons: Small con - instructions on installing the anti-skate weight were not clear at all. On line video by an Australian guy assembling same turntable - perfect - 2 minutes to install correctly.
Great sound. I don't think you'll find better sound anywhere for under $500.
Pros: Very basic design. I had no trouble setting it up myself, although it was a bit time consuming. Maybe that's part of the charm of a turntable... I can't say enough about the sound quality - top notch.
Cons: Design almost too basic. Coming from a Dual 1019 it does seem to be missing some of the key features, like auto start and stop, but at the same time, it seems like Pro-Logic really maintained focus on getting the best sound possible for under $500.
I have ordered Pro-Ject carbon and the music hall usb-1 to compare and end up not even opening the other one. I've paired pro-ject carbon with pro-ject phono box s preamp and the sound is Amazing plenty of bass and very natural sound. Yes I did experience hum and it drove me crazy for 2 days. I Did lots of research online and called crutchfileld for advice. I almost gave up. So I tried separate wire and grounded turntable to the outlet. It eliminated 90% of hum. Also, RCA cables look good and include grounding but it only eliminate some hum and I'm sure they add more noise and that's going to be my next upgrade. The Turntable is very classic piano black and simple compared to Music Hall usb-1 and that's another reason why I love it so much Thanks Pro-Ject and Crutchfield
Pros: Sound, simple classic look
Cons: Hum, should be grounded with separate wire no instruction for that
Super happy with this purchase. Works as advertised, sounds great!
Pros: The sound is great, simple to use, good looking turntable
Cons: A little pricey, but no regrets now.
I purchased this turntable to replace an older Kenwood turntable that I had paired to a Kenwood amp that was giving problems, I didn't want to go to the top range in a turntable so followed the excellent ratings this unit has received from fellow customers of Crutchfield and I have to say what a great dfecison that has turend out to be. I paired the Debut Carbon DC with a Marantz PM 6005 amp and hooked them up to my old faithful Castle Durham speakers and cannot be more pleased. The sound is warm and natural almost to the point of the performers being live in the room
Pros: Easy to set-up, great reproduction from a solid well made unit. Has a great robust dust cover
Cons: Felt turntable mat works OK but is a bit cheap looking.
This is my first turntable and from what I have been experiencing, could easily be more than a starter turntable. It looks awesome and sounds amazing! The first one I received was not working correctly. The left channel would keep going out. Crutchfield never left me hanging, and after a short troubleshooting, sent me a new one immediately. I can't say enough good things about Crutchfield's customer service!
Pros: Great price. Awesome sound. Solid customer support!
It's a beautiful turntable. Sounds incredible. Nice overall package with the cartridge.
Pros: Nice to look at and sounds great.
Cons: Setup is pretty simple. Putting the weight on the arm is a little difficult if you have large fingers as I do. The instructions are a little lean.
just got this yesterday, played some record's old records 1982 men at work, business as usual and cargo plus synchronicity by police, this table is really good, those record I mentioned was never played since 1986 and very dirty.but i was amaze it sounded really good out of the box, i used to have kenwood marantz and technics during my era. but this one is the best simple and elegant but its a beast. i was reading some reviews about the debut carbon before I purchased it, they said there is a hum on it,but to my surprise its so quiet, try to get the audioquest rca cables its a good match with the cable. enjoy listening.
Pros: very good product
Amazing player, sound and quality can not be between.
Outstanding value and quality
Pros: Ease of set up. Wonderful sound.
I haven't had a turntable since the mid-90s, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems to be a great turntable. It assembled pretty easily, and the sound I'm getting out of my 30 year-old Polk Audio speakers is phenomenal. Highly recommended.
Pros: Assembled easily. Sounds great.
Cons: The thread attached to the anti-skating weight kept slipping off the groove that is supposed to be attached to. (I applied a single drop of Krazy Glue to the thread at the contact point and it hasn't slipped off since, nor would you know I had to jury-rig it.)
Great solution for the average vinyl listener. This turntable is of high quality and the isolated DC motor is super quiet. Easy to maintain and has a contemporary look.
Pros: Quiet. Plays excellent. great look.
Cons: Lack of auto-lift feature.
This is a great turntable for someone just getting into vinyl or someone looking to get back into it. Some will say this is a great starter turntable, but this could very well be your last turntable. It's everything that you really need to thoroughly enjoy vinyl. If it's not good enough for you, then the next realistic step up is about a $1000 price tag.
Pros: Sounds great. Looks great. Nice dustcover included. Decent cartridge. Plenty of upgrades available for the turntable.
Cons: The anti-skating mechanism is a little cheesy, but it still works flawlessly.
This TT works just like all the reviews said it would. If you love your records and don't have alot to spend, this TT is for you. I also got the speedbox and the the acrylic platter and they also work well as described.
Pros: It looks great and works great.
|45 RPM Adapter||Yes|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||68|
|Wow and Flutter||0.1|
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 records 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.
Colors: Available in high-gloss black, red or white piano lacquer finish.
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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 ]
Your rep Allison worked with me on selecting the right turntable for me. [ AL Mar 08, 2018 ]
Got advice from Joey thanks [ U Feb 28, 2018 ]
Favorable reviews, ortofon cartridge, belt drive, styling, no internal preamp [ T Jan 07, 2018 ]
Good reviews. Does not have a built-in phono amp. Comes with a great cartridge. [ W Jan 06, 2018 ]
Based on the great reviews. [ Norman Dec 12, 2017 ]
features avl for the price and positive reviews on the item [ craig Nov 27, 2017 ]
Awesome reviews an packed with high end features for a lower pricepoint [ Michael Nov 26, 2017 ]
Awsome price and specs. [ Gary Nov 24, 2017 ]
Great specs, great customer reviews for an entry level turntable [ RONALD Nov 19, 2017 ]
I WAS INFORMED THAT PRO-JECT WAS GREAT ITEM [ Steven Oct 14, 2017 ]
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 ]
Very solid recommendations and doesn't break the bank. [ Alex Aug 06, 2017 ]
For my husband on our 14th wedding anniversary [ Gary Jun 28, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Excellent reviews everywhere. [ Daniel Apr 10, 2017 ]
Needed Audiophile quality TT replacement and of course Great Reviews.... [ Madhav Apr 08, 2017 ]
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 ]
Reviews on Crutchfield of the turntable. [ Richard Mar 25, 2017 ]
Looks amazing ad great reviews [ ASHISH Mar 18, 2017 ]
Reviews [ C Mar 15, 2017 ]
Affordable and better quality for the price point. [ SURENDRA Mar 08, 2017 ]
wanted it for a while [ DUSTIN Mar 03, 2017 ]
Received good reviews. [ ALAN Jan 29, 2017 ]
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 ]
reviews [ Kevin Dec 17, 2016 ]
The music goes round and around. [ GEORGE Dec 16, 2016 ]
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 ]
positive reviews, clean design, no USB, recent upgrades [particularly the cartridge] [ Robert Dec 04, 2016 ]
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 ]
good reviews [ M Nov 12, 2016 ]
Upgraded from my Sony turntable [ Philip Oct 30, 2016 ]
It was recommended as a Top Seller, Low flutter and low speed variation [ Everett L Sep 04, 2016 ]
Great reviews. Crutchfield is reliable. [ David Aug 10, 2016 ]
Ratings [ brian Jul 28, 2016 ]
Good quality record player affordable price [ Mitchell Jul 09, 2016 ]
Great reviews and wanting a turntable that I could depend on. [ Joseph Jun 30, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
recommended by friend [ Chad May 17, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Best bang for my buck, so many good reviews. [ BRIAN Feb 12, 2016 ]
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 ]
It suited my needs and after doing some research, felt it was the best turntable for the price. [ Craig Jan 09, 2016 ]
Great reviews all around [ Greg Dec 30, 2015 ]
Good reviews and excellent prices. [ Samuel Jan 04, 2017 ]
After reading many reviews of turntables under $500 I decided on the Pro-ject as a gift for my son. [ paul Dec 10, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Good Reviews for price range - Adjustable tone arm and anti-skate - Great maunfacturer [ Ronald Nov 27, 2017 ]
Quality,performance, and cost. [ KERRY Nov 09, 2017 ]
I want to upgrade my current turntable. [ Eileen Bonilla Aug 25, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
I have one already. I bought this as a gift. [ Alan Jun 02, 2016 ]
Great reviews from expert reviewer [ Andrea Jan 10, 2016 ]
looks cool and works well [ Martin Dec 14, 2015 ]
5-star rating, proper RCA and ground connection for my receiver. [ Daniel Mar 16, 2018 ]
The Ortofon Red cartridge [ JULIAN Dec 15, 2016 ]
Good value and quality turntable. [ Lawrence Mar 16, 2016 ]
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 ]
Excellent reviews and good cell [ Alexander Jul 20, 2017 ]
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 ]
Positive reviews all around. Best TT for the money. [ Filandro Jan 19, 2017 ]
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 ]
Positive reviews on yours and others websites [ Matthew May 02, 2016 ]
12.5" wide, and 11" deep. [ Gregory Martin Apr 11, 2017 ]
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 ]
12.5 inches outside of the round foot to outside of the other foot [ Jim Apr 10, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
no [ MARK S Sep 09, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
No auto-return. you gotta raise it up or it goes bump bump bump... [ MARK S Jun 19, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Simple just lift the stylus assembly off the record with the side lever and place it back in the holder. [ Stephen Jun 19, 2015 ]
You have to Lift the tonearm with cueing lever and move it back to the arm rest. [ Richard Jun 19, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Infinite loop until you pick up the tonearm. That said, this turntable is fantastic. [ Geoffrey Jun 19, 2015 ]
I think you would unless your amp/receiver has a PHONO INPUT [ MARK S Feb 02, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
If your reciver doesn't have a phono input you'll need to buy a phono preamp. [ Christopher Feb 01, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes [ Julianne Jan 31, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
You do in fact need a phono preamp, unless of course your receiver or amplifier has a phono input. [ KATHERINE Jan 31, 2015 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes [ Julianne Nov 20, 2014 ]
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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