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Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC (Piano Black)
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- 8.6" carbon tonearm
- Increased platter size with more weight
- Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
- New Sorbothane motor suspension
- Ortofon 2M Red cartridge
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|Item Dimensions||16.34 x 12.6 x 4.65 in||9 x 21 x 17 in||12.6 x 16.34 x 4.65 in||17.5 x 15 x 4.5 in||7.87 x 13.78 x 20.47 in||16.93 x 12.99 x 4.41 in|
|Item Weight||12.35 lbs||23.59 lbs||12.13 lbs||9.2 lbs||12.35 lbs||11.02 lbs|
The Best-Sounding Under-$400 Turntable Made: Plug-and-Play Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Includes Installed Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge, Carbon-Fiber Tonearm, DC Power Supply, and Much More Plainly speaking, no other turntable comes close for the price. Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC boasts an incredible carbon-fiber tonearm for stiffness, an updated DC power supply for resolute speed stability, and the critically acclaimed Ortofon 2M Red moving-magnet cartridge for exceptional detail retrieval. When you're ready to hear what high-end analog really sounds like at an extremely affordable cost, this superb plug-and-play 'table is the only one that should be on your radar. By decreasing unwanted resonances, the 8.6" carbon-fiber tonearm immediately yields higher fidelity from any LP you play. Combined with the preinstalled 2M Red, this arm/cartridge combination delivers exceptional tracking and recovery of the musical nuances found within vinyl grooves. A hefty platter, low-noise motor with effective decoupling, stable isolation feet that protect Debut Carbon DC from vibrations, and multiple high-gloss color options are icing on the cake. Honestly, we don't understand how this is built and sold for less than $400. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed. "I'm confident the Carbon DC will sonically outperform any cheap CD player, particularly in terms of musical flow and general warmth. ...The sense of depth and spaciousness plus the image stability is impressive. Most highly recommended. I don't know what else comes close for $399." – Michael Fremer, Stereophile Terrific Support and Suspension Keep Vibrations and Noise to a Minimum An attractive, piano-gloss finished, resonance-reducing MDF plinth supports a heavy, wide low-resonance platter for smooth rotation and low wow and flutter. Additionally, a felt record mat gives you superior record support and decoupli
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Enter this project debut carbon. I am playing it through an Adcom GTP-400 and GFA535L power amp, with custom built speakers using Vifa and Morel components. With a good source, it's a pretty revealing system, although lacking some in bass punch.
Setup impressions: It's a pretty table, and perfectly functional. Installation and setup was super easy. The only problem I've had are the weight-on-a-line anti-skate, which is clumsy, and the cuing damper sometimes does not want to lower fully. The felt mat included is cheap and will need to be replaced.
First listening impressions (about 30 lps worth)... The table itself is very nice. The dc setup is very speed stable. The noise and rumble are all at very low levels... very impressive. It tracks wonderfully. BUT... and here we get to the reason it loses a star for me:
The Ortofon 2m red cartridge. It's not up to the same performance level of the table. At first I truly hated it with a passion, but in taking some more time to get it dialed in, it's charms have come out and the drawbacks somewhat lessened. On the positive side it has a very neutral tonal balance, but is somewhat lacking in the upper mid / lower treble. The attributes that I hate are a tendency toward distortion in the midrange around the vocal range which gives it a congested sound that is truly ugly at times. Inner groove distortion is worse than other cartridges I've owned. There is also a somewhat spitty quality to cymbals. I guess for being included it is passable, but I wouldn't consider purchasing it... ever.
The more I listen, the more I'm enjoying the table. Definitely worth the price, and with a different cartridge should meet my needs well.
EDIT: I recently installed an Audio Technica AT 120 in place of the Ortofon, and now I'm loving this table. Without the grunge ruining the experience, the wonderful qualities are coming through. The speed stability is great. It lends to a solid feel with bass lines and rhythm section (I've heard this called pace, rhythm, and timing, and now I really understand what that means). I am really satisfied with this setup, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality vinyl experience without spending ridiculous money.
EDIT 2: Some bearing noise has developed. It is clearly audible as a pulse occurring once every turn, no matter the record. I question the quality of the bearing material. For this price, this should not be a problem. One star lost because of this.
One minor issue - the anti-skate weight is a little weight tied on with fishing line - after about a week of very light use of the turntable the fishing line snapped. I tried to fix it myself with fishing line but I am not handy enough, so I emailed the company's distributor in the US and never received a response. Had to buy another weight for $16 - pretty ridiculous.
The only problem is Amazon's constant lies about delivery. delivery was promised at 5 days and took 11. It shipped from a fulfillment center in my neighborhood. they had it all the time. They made me wait. All because i didn't want prime.
Next step probably, replace with Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge
Recommended turntable under $500
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