Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Fluance RT81

Perfect sound and amazing design – Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Fluance RT81

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Fluance RT81

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Features & Performance

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC vs Fluance RT81 features show that both models output clear sound. The Fluance RT81 has a built-in pre-amp – 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC does not have a built-in pre-amp.

These two models use the same cartridge type – moving magnet. The Fluance RT81 has bigger appropriate needle pressure – compare its 3.5 g and 2.5 g that the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC has. The RT81 also features a heavier headshell – 6.4 g versus 3.5 g that the Carbon DC features.

These two models have two-speed options – 33.3 and 45 RPM.

Design & build quality

The Fluance RT81 vs Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC comparison of the design shows that the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC is for people who prefer modern design, while the Fluance RT81 looks classic. The RT81 features a high gloss walnut finish and an elegant S-shaped tonearm. The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC looks modern with its straight tonearm made of carbon.

These models are easy to control, even if you did not have a turntable before.

The dimensions are 12.6x16.3x4.7 in for the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC versus 13.8x16.5x5.5 in for the Fluance RT81. The weight is 12.35 and 14.1 pounds respectively.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

Pros:

  • The output sound is clear and natural – the ports are well-made and they do not produce any noise (especially if you ground everything properly).
  • It is simple to use (apart from counterweight adjusting).
  • The build quality is very high – the construction excludes any resonance.

Cons:

  • Some customers claim that the bearing starts producing noise after some period of exploitation.
  • The counterweight is not very accurate so it may be challenging to adjust it, especially if you are not experienced.
  • The motor may produce noise, which you can hear clearly during quiet parts of records.

Fluance RT81

Pros:

  • The construction is very solid – the tonearm and the counterweight are manufactured properly.
  • The setup process is fast and easy since it comes with a detailed manual. The output sound is warm and clear, so you can hear all the details.
  • It features an “auto stop” function.

Cons:

  • Some customers have troubles with the rotation speed – it is not accurate. The unit may have a defective motor installed. Plus the RPM adjustment located on the bottom and it is difficult to reach.
  • The tonearm and the platter are not isolated from the plinth.

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Common

Product

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
Fluance RT81

Model

Debut Carbon DC
RT81

Brand

Pro-Ject
Fluance

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.6 of 5

Reviews

152
350

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2,5
3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

3,5
6,4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

Ortofon 2M
AT95E

Motor

Drive method

belt
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>4.5 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

68
67

Gain

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 140 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full manual
automatic

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
1,5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

10.1x 40.6 x 30.4/4.7 x 16.3 x 12.6
13.7 x 41.9 x 35.8/5.5 x 16.5 x 13.8

Weigth, kg/pounds

5.9/12.3
6.4/14.1

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  • 9.5
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  • 9.5Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
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