Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Sony PS-HX500

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Sony PS-HX500 – two modern solutions

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Sony PS-HX500

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Features & Performance

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Sony PS-HX500 features comparison shows that the PS-HX500 is a ready-to-use solution with its built-in pre-amp – 3 mV nominal at 1 kHz – compare it with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC that does not have a built-in pre-amp. However, both models use the cartridge of the same type – moving magnet. Both have the same appropriate needle pressure – 2.5 g.

Both turntables have the same speed options – both models support 33.5 and 45 RPM. The PS-HX500 has a glass epoxy circuit board installed while the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC uses a carbon tonearm.

Design & build quality

The Sony PS-HX500 vs Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC design comparison shows that both models look modern, but the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC looks more minimalistic.

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC has a black finish and a lightweight tonearm made of carbon, which guarantees high precision. The inputs are on the back panel.

The Sony PS-HX500 features various knobs and a transparent cover. It also has a lightweight tonearm. Both tunrtables are easy to use.

The dimensions are 12.6x16.3x4.7 in for the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC versus 18.5x16.3x6.2 for the Sony PS-HX500. The weight is 12.35 and 6.2 pounds respectively.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

Pros:

  • The output sound quality is very high – the sound is clear and you get no noise, distortion or humming sound (if it is grounded properly).
  • It is easy to set up and connect everything up. This turntable is compatible with modern audio solutions.
  • The build quality is exceptional – the carbon tonearm is lightweight which makes it precise and the platter is durable (however, some customers recommend buying an acrylic platter).

Cons:

  • Some customers find it difficult to adjust the counterweight – it is difficult to find the counterweight scale.
  • You may get terrible hum sound.

Sony PS-HX500

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble (the instructions are clear) and it is fully compatible with modern devices and PCs – it worked with Apple’s Garageband.
  • It comes with flawless ripping software from Sony that allows you to store your music without losing any quality.
  • The ports are reliable – no noise, whether you use USB or RCA ports.

Cons:

  • You may have issues connecting this turntable to a PC – it does not recognize the turntable (the OSes used were Windows 7 and Windows 10). Customers also had compatibility issues using Mac OS.
  • The tonearm does not return when it reaches the end.

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Common

Product

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
Sony PS-HX500

Model

Debut Carbon DC
PS-HX500

Brand

Pro-Ject
Sony

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

152
37

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2,5
2,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

3,5
3

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

Ortofon 2M
ATN-3601

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>1.6 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.25

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

68
50

Gain

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 3 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 190 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full manual
manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

0
1

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
AC adaptor

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
10.4 x 43 x 36.6/6.2 x 18.5 x 16.3

Weigth, kg/pounds

5.9/12.3
2.8/6.2

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • 12.5
  • 9.3
  • 12.5Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
  • 9.3Sony PS-HX500

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