Debut Carbon DC

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Reviews

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, What Hi-Fi?, October 2014

What Hi-Fi?, October 2014

Score: 5 Stars
Feature: 'Test Turntables'

“There’s a pleasing level of clarity. It’s a clean, insightful sound that digs deep to reveal all manner of texture and nuance in the mournful guitar fiddling.”

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Absolute Sound, November 2012

Absolute Sound, November 2012

Reviewed By: Wayne Garcia

Comments of Note:
“As an entry-level design the Debut Carbon nails the basics: dynamic shading and speed constancy. The essentials of what we call “rhythm and pace” are impressive. Without this foundation a turntable is going to fail at its most important job—drawing us into the music.”
“Queuing up Glenn Gould’s recording of Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major [Columbia] I immediately heard a very nice sense of interplay between Gould’s overlapping hands and interspersed digits as he dances his way through this remarkable piece.”
“The soundstage was likewise good with more than a decent sense of air and space, and good instrumental focus.”
“Rock—from Jack White’s Blunderbuss [Third Man] to Nick Cave and Co.’s Grinderman 2 [Anti] to the Stones’ Sticky Fingers [RS Records]—showed that the Debut Carbon can also deliver the punch, textures, and gritty edge required to bring home the goods.”
“Whether for first-time turntable buyers or anyone wishing to enjoy high-quality LP playback without spending a lot of money, Pro-Ject’s Debut Carbon is a great way to go.”

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Hi-Fi Pig, Oct 2012

Hi-Fi Pig, October 2012

Reviewed By: Jerry
Score: 'Recommended'

Comments of Note:
"Often on cheaper turntables, speed stability cannot be taken for granted. But the Debut Carbon is fine. Very impressive."
"It does sound good, is easy to set up and use, and it looks great, in a minimalist and optionally colourful sort of way. Music is well resolved and enjoyably involving. To be honest, for £300 you really can't go wrong here."

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Sound & Vision (US), Oct 2012

Sound & Vision (US), October 2012

Feature: Test Reports

Comments of Note:
"On the Carbon the grooving synth-bass line sounds extremely precise"
"Pro-jects Debut Carbon gave a clean and vibrant sound quality reminiscent of more expensive turntables"
"The Carbon definitely sounds livelier and more coherent than its rivals"

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, What Hi-Fi?, Sep 2012

What Hi-Fi?, September 2012

Feature: 'First Tests'
Score: 5/5 Stars

"The Debut delivers an impressively clean and insightful sound, one that digs deep while keeping a firm hold of the overall music structure. It's not just clinical reproduction though - we're taken with the Pro-Ject's expressive nature, too."

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Hi-Fi Choice, August 2012

Hi-Fi Choice, August 2012

Reviewed By: Channa Vithana
Score: 4.5/5 Stars, Recommended

Comments of Note:
"In use, the carbon tonearm was a joy due to its most fine ergonomic and aesthetic design..."
"the Debut Carbon is however, very well finished in all aspects..."
"Along with its slick operating carbon-fibre tonearm then, it offers a lot of value for a budget-priced turntable."
"In action, the Debut Carbon really surprised with its ability to reproduce the tone of voice and instruments in all the music I used."
"Yet the Pro-Ject skilfully avoids any of the many traps set by the LP format; budget decks can often sound speed-unstable or edgy and the Debut does not."
"For the money, it's an essential audition." 

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Hi-Fi News, May 2012

Hi-Fi News, May 2012

Reviewed By: Steve Harris / Paul Miller
Score: Highly Commended

Comments of Note:
"With Pro-Ject's usual clear and sensible instructions, and no cartridge fitting to worry about, even complete newcomers should find this turntable easy to install and set up. It is nice to use, too..."
"With 'Fast Car' [from Tracy Chapman, 1988, Elektra 960 774-1], again the Pro-Ject's strength was in its projection of the vocal. The singer was intelligible, emotive and with a strong sense of presence, yet still with a fair rendition of the studio-created 'air' around her."
"I felt that the Debut Carbon was quite appealingly communicative and made for an absorbing listen."
"With its full-size platter and smart-looking arm, the Debut in Carbon form does offer an uplift in performance in return for a modest price increase, and certainly gets quite striking results from the gutsy-sounding Ortofon 2m Red cartridge."



Awards

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, What Hi-Fi?, Award 2012

What Hi-Fi? Awards 2012

Best Turntable up to £500

"One of Pro-Jects finest achievements and more than deserving of Best Buy status." 

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, EISA Award 2012

EISA Awards, 2012

European Turntable 2012-2013

Comments of Note:
The results of the EISA Awards were published in Hi-Fi News, September 2012 issue.
"The sound of this turntable combination is as mature as the design itself, with a dynamic, foot-tapping quality reminiscent of far costlier models."
"If you are curious about the vinyl revival, then Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon is the ideal place to start spinning those LPs."