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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Audiophile Belt-Drive Turntable (Green)

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The cover star of the October 2012 issue of Sound+Vision Magazine, The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable (Green) impressed the magazine so much not just with its affordable price, but its great performance, which came strikingly close to that of a $2000 turntable they had recently reviewed. Much of the credit goes to the Pro-Ject’s tonearm, which is made of carbon fiber, a material found in high-performance products of all types, high-end audio products included. With its Ortofon 2M Red cartridge preinstalled, setting up the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable (Green) couldn’t be easier; it also provides RCA output jacks so you can easily swap out cables if needed.

The sound? Sound+Vision Magazine characterized the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable (Green) as "vibrant," "coherent," and "mega-gorgeous." About the only criticism they had was of the bass, which seemed to lack a bit of oomph on rock tracks as compared with other turntables. With the vinyl renaissance still going strong, products like the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable provide an excellent entry point for those seeking a first turntable, or to replace the one they’ve had boxed up in storage since the mid-1980s. Another irresistable plus: it comes in your choice of eight colors!

8.6 "carbon tonearm  

Increased platter size with more weight  

Precision belt drive with synchronous motor  

New motor suspension Sorbothane  

Felt mat  

magnetic cartridge options from Ortofon  

OM 10 or 2M red  

7 high-gloss colors