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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The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon comes in many different colors, and even though the turntable is identical beyond the color, the reviews for the Pro-Ject Debut are separated under each different color. Make sure to read the reviews for all the colors, particularly the reviews from those with extensive turntable experience.
This turntable looks totally awesome. It has a great high gloss finish, and a cool looking carbon fiber tonearm. Unfortunately, that is where the good times end. A common complaint for this turntable is the hum, and yes, it is there (even when properly grounded). But, it isn't worse than your average budget model turntable hum. For me the biggest complaint is that there is substantial inner groove distortion (a common problem with straight tone arms). Regardless of cartridge adjustment, you just can't get rid of it. The last track (or two) on about 70% of albums played showed some discernible inner groove distortion on this turntable. The cartridge...
This is a beautiful table that makes beautiful noise. Little to no motor hum to speak of, which I suppose the DC has removed. Perfect playback even on a badly warped LP.
Set-up was a breeze and I'm a complete beginner. I recommend the affordable DJPRE2 for your pre-amp, which you will need along with another pair of RVC cables. Thanks to the seller for selling this at such a great deal.
I will update this review if any issues occur, but for now I don't think anything beats this for the value.
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