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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I bought a U-Turn Orbit plus and had several issues with it such as a lot of static pops, feedback, and the external drive belt slipping. So I returned it and bought the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.
I can't say enough good things about this turntable. I don't get a hum, mine is dead silent. Sound dampening is much better than the U-turn. When you closed the dust cover on the U-Turn you would get a loud 'thud' through the speakers when the cover would touch the plinth. There is no such noise on the Pro-Ject.
It also feel much more sturdy and substantial. I am running it through a 25 year old Nakamichi receiver and the sound quality is great.
This turntable sounds absolutely incredible. I have it connected to a Marantz 1070 amplifier and Elac B6.2 speakers. I'm hearing details in my albums that I never noticed before. It's amazing, really: solid, noise free, sounds great, and easy to use.
I had never set up a turntable before, and I was a little concerned by some of the reviews. However, it ended up being very easy to do. Just search for "pro-ject debut carbon dc setup" and follow the video. It's way easier than the reviews and directions make it seem.
The only "downside" to this turntable is it's completely manual. That's common on high end turntables, but not for those of us who grew up listening to records on our parents' giant Magnavox console stereo.
I’ve only had this turn table for a week and I’m loving every minute of it! This is a great entry level record player, it is easy to set up and it sounds great! I love its slick appearance. I will probably upgrade it soon by purchasing a acrylic platter. I highly recommend it.
I just purchased the latest version of Pro-Jects' Debut turntable, the Carbon DC. A number of people have complained about a "hum" in the AC motor and yes, it's still there.
That's the bad news. The good news is it's not that big a deal (at least to me). With your amps' phono input on, you will start to hear a hum as you gradually increase the volume. However, to hear the hum during playback as the stylus makes contact with the record, you have to be listening at an extremely high volume. I'm talking about an ear-piercing volume! I don't think anyone listens to music at those kind of levels. If you do, you're probably deaf by now anyway, so a little hum isn't going to make any difference.
Other than this issue, the Carbon DC table offers some pretty exceptional sound. I've got a couple minor quibbles about the design (a stubby finger lift and a slow descent to the record surface from the tonearm lift lever), but overall this is an excellent product. I don't know if you can do better for sound quality at this price level.
This "hum" issue has apparently been a problem for a while (according to others). Pro-Ject really needs to address this as it's hurting their reputation. Even an entry level audiophile table should not have this problem. Especially a $450.00 entry level table!
Worked as intended. I picked up a pre-amp with a volume control to use with high-end powered speakers. In my situation the volume control was essential and provided greater flexibility. I can keep my speakers at a set volume and alter the amplification at the pre-amp rather than inconveniently altering from the speaker's volume controls which are located behind the speakers.
Awesome Turntable. You will want to upgrade to an Acrylic Platter ($129) and add a Pro-Ject Speed Box S ($129) which will eliminate line hum, and also allows You to switch back and forth from 331/3 to 45 without moving the belt. It works just find without these two items, but if You add them, it sounds and feels like a $1000 turntable, and You will notice the richness in sound fron the acrylic table, and quiet operation from the Speed Box S. I would definitely get the Speed Box S first. It is an awesome turntable. You will love it.
No humming no buzzing. Terrific product. Using a schiit mani preamp and emotive 6s powered speakers. Fantastically happy! :)
This turntable seems a bit over priced for an entry level turntable. I will say it has a good cartridge on it. I sent mine back because the box from the factory was damaged . The Amazon box was fine but the actual Pro-ject box was bad. But just from taking it out and inspecting it I was not too impressed with the workmanship.