I’m on the lookout for a new turntable, I guess it is just about time to get that upgrade. I’m not sure yet what to get but I’m strongly thinking about the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) although the Audio-Technica was also recommended.
Specifications of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC):
- 8,6” carbon tonearm
- Increased platter size with more weight
- Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
- New DC power supply with ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability
- New TPE motor suspension
- Integrated Phone-MM preamplifier
- Connections: line-level RCA to amp & USB to PC/Mac (simultaneously)
- 7 high-gloss colours
- Dust cover included
Some more info from the Pro-Ject Audio Systems site:
The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.
The new Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!
The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.
This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE damping) and ultra precision DC-driven AC frequency generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.
Because Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) comes with pre-mounted cartridge and built-in phono preamplifier with USB output, connection to both line-level input of your hifi system and recording of vinyl to PC/Mac easily can be done simultaneously!
Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) is offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, silver or white as no-added-cost option.