Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Rega Planar 2

Make your own choice - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Rega Planar 2

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Rega Planar 2

Comparison of Rega Planar 2 vs Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC is a rather hard occupation. For about $200 more than the P-1, you get the P-2 with a better tone are that's one piece, a much more massive glass platter, and better platter bearing than even Pro-Ject has. I wouldn't recommend Debut Carbon for a true beginner or someone who wants the convenience of an automatic table. But you still can compare both turntables versus each other on your own using given below information.

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Features & Performance

Neither units have phono preamp. Playing at the same speed (33.3, 45 RPM) Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and Rega Planar 2 both own moving magnet (MM) type of cartridge. These three features add up to better audio than P-1, and even Pro-Ject is capable of. If you're an audiophile, the extra cost of the P-2 is worth it for sure.

Design & build quality

Tracking force adjustment of P-2 is a bit tricky since the tonearm weight has no markings, but the manual indicates the right amount of weight that it applies when you spin the weight 1/2 and one full turn. Overall there are no doubts that a cheaper model has lower build quality compared to the expensive one.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC pros & cons

Pros

  • It's not difficult to set up, and once you get the bitty anti-skate taken care of, the arm with its lifter is easy to use even for old shaky hands.
  • The quality of the build is superb, the motor runs smoothly, and the carbon fiber arm is a sight to see.

Cons:

  • Calibrating took some getting used to, but the end result definitely pays off.

Rega Planar 2 pros & cons

Pros

  • Took me no more than 20 minutes to have everything up and running, and sounding stellar.
  • No resonance from the table comes through the speakers.

Cons

  • The little mat that is put on the glass platter is not round. It is off by a bit, so when it spins, it looks off balance. You'd really expect that a $675 turntable would have a round mat. Nothing says precision like an off-balance spinning object.
  • The dust cover hinges are really flimsy. They are made of plastic. Imagine bending a piece of plastic back and forth a dozen times, and then hoping that that plastic stays strong. They look like they might last about a year at most. I do see that you can purchase hinge replacements, so I guess that hinge replacements are expected.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC review

Mar 28, 2019

The Austrian company Pro-Ject, one of the leaders in the market of vinyl players, has presented its cutting-edge budget turntable – the Debut Carbon DC. See price Article navigation Design Se...

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Rega Planar 2

Rega Planar 2 review

Mar 29, 2019

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Common

Product

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
Rega Planar 2

Model

Debut Carbon DC
Planar 2

Brand

Pro-Ject
Rega

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

342
34

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2,5
2,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

3,5
3,5

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

Ortofon 2M
Rega Carbon

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
acrylic

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>1.6 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

68
65

Gain

Output level

Controls

Operation type

full manual
full manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

0
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

1
3

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

10.1x 40.6 x 30.4/4.7 x 16.3 x 12.6
11.7 x 44.7 x 36 x/4.6 x 17.6 x 14.2

Weight, kg/pounds

5.9/12.3
5.5/12.1

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  • 12.9
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  • 12.9Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
  • 9.1Rega Planar 2

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