Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable

More than a carbon copy

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

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Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable

Since the original Debut was conceived by Pro-Ject as an affordable introduction to vinyl for a generation of music fans bought up on CD, the Debut has undergone a number of updates. The latest update for this hugely popular turntable is the Debut Carbon EVO.


The newest evolution in the Debut’s journey keeps the brand’s famous one-piece carbon fibre tonearm technology, electronic speed selection and X1 based suspension elements, and expands on its predecessor’s features, finishes and technical abilities thanks to newly developed engineering capabilities.

At the centre of the Debut Carbon EVO’s design is its 8.6-inch one-piece carbon fibre tonearm. This material is not often found on sub £500 turntables so its inclusion, along with the accompanying special low friction sapphire bearings, high-purity copper internal tonearm wiring and shielded termination box, all contribute to high-end sound quality.

The main chassis keeps its triangular footprint and is made of MDF for its excellent antiresonant properties, and the pursuit of minimal vibrations continues throughout the Debut’s design.

The AC drive motor is designed and manufactured in-house and is made to fine tolerances for minimal noise. In addition, the motor is decoupled from the main chassis by a new Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) damped isolation mounting-plate, which is perfectly level with the sub-platter drive system for absolute speed stability. The turntable plinth also sits on three height-adjustable aluminium feet with TPE-damping to guarantee a stable platform. 

The new speed control solution is designed to ensure the motor rotation is electronically regulated for total accuracy and stability and is implemented using a three-position rocker switch (33 – OFF – 45) positioned on the underside the chassis. The Debut Carbon EVO can also play any rare 78 RPM records you may have using a supplied separate drive-belt. 

For a more elegant overall aesthetic, the motor drives a sub-platter system which is mounted into a precision-engineered stainless steel main bearing with bronze bushing. The sub-platter sits beneath the heavy main steel platter with a TPE damping ring and the overall effect allows for minimal friction and excellent technical measurements and speed stability.

The Debut Carbon EVO is finished with a removable, hinged dust cover and comes with Pro-Ject’s semi-balanced, low-capacitance, shielded, turntable-ready Connect-IT E phono cables and premium gold plated RCA outputs. The final flourish is the addition of a factory mounted and aligned Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge worth £95 (UK/Europe only, in the US, the Debut Carbon EVO comes with a Sumiko Rainier cartridge).

Technical Information

Speeds: 33, 45 & 78 RPM (electronic speed change, except 78 RPM) 
Drive Principle: Belt Drive 
Speed Drift: 33 = 0.50% / 45 = 0.60% 
Wow & Flutter: 33 = 0.17% / 45 = 0.15% 
Platter: 300mm Steel Platter with TPE Damping (felt mat included) 
Main Bearing: High Precision Stainless Steel with Bronze Bushing 
Signal-to-Noise: 68dB 
Tonearm: 8.6” Carbon Fibre 
Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm 
Overhang: 18.5mm 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 6.0g 
Output: Phono Level RCA Outputs (to connect to phono stage) 
Included Accessories: Dust Cover, Felt Mat, Connect-IT E RCA Cables 
Power Supply: 15V DC / 0.8A Detachable 
Power Supply Power Consumption: 4W max. 
Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 113 x 320mm 
Weight: 6.0 kg (net.)

Available in the following eight-layer, hand-painted finishes: High Gloss Black, Red or White and Satin Matte Black, Fir Green, Golden Yellow, Steel Blue or White plus a Walnut Veneer, the Debut Carbon EVO will be available from September 2020 at an SRP of £449.00

Source: Press release
Image Source: Pro-Ject

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