The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB is an affordable turntable from the Debut line. In fact, it’s a further development of the famous Debut model but with significant changes in the design that made it possible to improve the sound quality.
The turntable has received a minimalistic design without any frills. This turntable is made of MDF and has damping legs. The chassis of the turntable that is made of fiberboard, is available in a lacquer finish in black, red or white colors. The base disc is made of acrylic and mounted on a subdisk, which is connected by means of an elastic belt with an AC motor, mechanically untied from the chassis using gaskets of Sorbothane.
The Pro-Ject manufacturers consider that vinyl player installation may be a problem for a newbie. Its factory-installed phono cartridge and tonearm eliminate the need to guess about how to set up a turntable. A few simple steps for basic settings, such as tracking power and anti-skating are all you need to prepare the player for playing music.
In this Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB review first, that worth noting is the branded 8.6 in the tonearm, made of carbon fiber. The use of such high-end feature in the turntable of the initial price category is a rarity. In addition, this turntable has got a supporting disc of increased diameter and weight. This feature has a positive effect on the smoothness of the disc rotation and decreases the overall level of vibrations. It is completed with a high-quality branded Connect iT phono cable, with gold-plated RCA terminals. The engine of the turntable is connected to the generator, which in turn, works from a constant voltage source – a similar solution made it possible to make the rotational speed more stable. The turntable is equipped with a damped microlift and a weight anti-skate.
The player provides three speeds, and while switching between 33 and 45 RPM is electronic, to go to 78 RPM you must manually transfer the drive belt to another roller on the engine pulley. It also has a proprietary Speed Box regulator.
Thanks to the improvements in the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB specs, this unit sounds cleaner compared to other Debut line models. The naturalness and tonal accuracy of the sound are the characteristics for the Carbon Esprit. If easy speed switching is what is important for you and you want to get a natural sound for a reasonable price, you will appreciate the advantages of this Pro-Ject model, in particular, the quality of the body cover and ease of upgrading.