Pro-Ject Debut PRO Turntable
A 33, 45, or 78 RPM turntable that punches way above its price class, and comes with a Sumiko Rainier cartridge
The drive to improve the already impressive Debut Carbon EVO led Heinz Lichtenegger, president, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, to use ProJect's ceaseless pursuit for improvement, attention to detail, advancements in research, development, and manufacturing to create a Debut turntable for the ages.
Borrowed from the audiophile-grade X1 & X2 turntables, Debut PRO uses Pro-Ject's tried and true one-piece carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum armtube. This heightens rigidity and mass allowing it to more effectively control phono cartridges at this effective arm length. The composite carbon-fiber tonearm is also more effective at damping armtube resonance, allowing the signal to pass through unencumbered. PRO features a sophisticated tonearm bearing block made of nickel-plated aluminum.
Here again, we see an exercise in rigidity while maintaining the ultra-smooth lateral motion of this high-end tonearm. The icing is the tonearm collar, yielding the first Debut model to offer adjustment of vertical tracking angle. Azimuth is also readily adjustable. Listeners can fine-tune the full range of cartridge adjustment parameters to optimize sound quality.
The Record Platter and Finishing
With TPE damping for resonance control and die-cast for hi-fi precision, the aluminum platter is gorgeously satin-ized in a way that hasn’t yet been seen on a Pro-Ject machine.
The satin black plinth finish uses eight coats hand-painted over MDF, a classy, high-quality job done in-house at the factory in Europe. The brushed metal trimmings for Debut PRO further reinforce a smooth, elegant aesthetic that’s sure to remain timeless. Sustainably made and free of plastic, the high-precision aluminum bearing block, dust cover, RCA inputs, arm-board and collar, counterweight and anti-skate, height-adjustable metal feet, an isolated power supply and adapter, and toggle switch exude quality both in sight and sound.
The Debut PRO comes paired with the Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge, one of the top performers from the phono cartridge manufacturer.
Pair it with a Phono Box preamp, phono stage, or digital amplifier with the included Connect-It E phono cable to ensure solid and dependable analog playback.
Considerations for 78 RPM Records
Debut PRO ships with 2 different belts for the belt drive for the electronic speed control. The flat belt is for 33 and 45 RPM discs and is installed on the top/smaller diameter of the motor pulley.
The round belt is for 78 RPM records only. It is designed for use with the larger/bottom pulley diameter with the differently shaped groove. Installing the 78 RPM belt incorrectly compromises its integrity and may lead to breakage. Additionally, please note that it’s also not advisable to play 78 RPM records with the Rainier stylus. Sumiko has developed a 78 stylus for this very reason.
- Pre-adjusted Sumiko Rainier cartridge
- 8.6” one-piece carbon/aluminium tonearm
- Precision aluminum platter with TPE damping
- Fully adjustable VTA
- Nickel-plated aluminum bearing block
- Motor suspension with better damping
- Height-adjustable metal feet
- Electronic speed switch
- Precision belt drive with electronic speed control
- 8x coats hand-painted MDF chassis
- Premium semi-symmetrical phono cable
- Gold-plated RCA connectors
- Dustcover included
- Handmade in Europe
Speed: 33.33, 45, 78
Drive: Belt-drive w/ electronic speed control
Platter: 300 mm, die-cast aluminum platter with TPE damping and felt mat
Platter Bearing: High-precision stainless steel axle in bronze bushing
Wow & Flutter (33, 45): +/-0.16%, +/-0.14%
Signal to Noise: 68 dB
Tonearm: 8.6” one-piece carbon/aluminum
Effective Arm Length/Mass: 218.5 mm / 10 g
Overhang: 18.5 mm
Power Consumption: 4 W
Dimensions: 16.63" × 4.5" × 12.63″ (415x113x320 mm)
Included Accessories: 15 V DC / 0.8 A power supply, dustcover, 78 rpm round belt, 7‘‘ singles adapter