Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO review: Audiophile features spin vinyl joy

How a great deal do you definitely have to have to spend on a new

How a great deal do you definitely have to have to spend on a new turntable? As I have identified from our critiques of report players from $100 to $one thousand, there are good items at every degree — but like most issues in existence, spending additional will give you additional. If you can split the variance and spend all around $five hundred, some excellent styles exist out there to tempt any vinyl supporter. One particular of my new favorites is the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO.


  • Suberb attributes for the revenue
  • Sweet, even-handed sound
  • Solid establish quality
  • Obtainable in 9 hues

Never Like

  • Strange tonearm ergonomics
  • Appears a lot less enjoyable than the Fluance RT85

I compared the EVO to an additional turntable in this cost selection, the Fluance RT85. Each outdo less expensive versions with good establish quality and move-up attributes, but in the stop I most well-liked the Pro-Ject above the Fluance — it sounded additional musical and felt additional satisfying to use. The EVO combines excellent playback quality with a selection of extras that you will not see even on some additional-highly-priced players like the Rega Planar 3

The original Debut Carbon has appreciated accolades ever considering the fact that its overall look above ten decades ago. The new EVO version ($five hundred, £449 and AU$879) is a deserving update and a single of the ideal strategies to spend up on a report participant. 

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The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO packs in the audiophile-helpful attributes. It features a a single-piece carbon-fiber tonearm, adjustable feet and an digital pace selection (no additional taking away the platter, additional on that shortly). In addition, Pro-Ject gives 9 diverse end choices, which includes forest green and canary yellow. My overview sample arrived in large-gloss red.

The turntable features a suspension process borrowed from the larger-stop X1, supporting a hefty aluminum platter. The platter has been dampened with TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) lining the edge, which contributes to the turntable’s spectacular excess weight. Rapping with a knuckle on the platter still manufactured it resonate nevertheless, even with the felt slipmat on, and specially in the direction of the center. Carrying out the exact point on the Fluance’s acrylic platter failed to ring at all.


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In the US the EVO arrives pre-mounted with the Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge (very little brother to the Olympia), although in the British isles and Australia it really is equipped with the Ortofon 2M Purple. Take note that all of my listening exams under were of the US version the British isles and Australia variations will sound diverse.

Nevertheless the carbon fiber tonearm appears to be spiffy, the actuality that it really is a single piece can make it a very little additional uncomfortable to use. The finger raise (the jutty-out little bit at the stop of the tonearm) is a very little as well flat and broad, creating it trickier to seize than other versions. 

The Pro-Ject offers with pace improvements in an innovative way: with a a few-way ability rocker tucked underneath the plinth. The a few positions — Still left 33 ⅓rpm, Center Off and Correct 45rpm — are not marked nevertheless, so you can have to have to exercise your muscle memory when turning on the participant.

The turntable arrives with two cables. One particular is flat, which you can almost certainly use all of the time, and the 2nd is a rounded cable for persons who have aged 78s. The company also features an admittedly interesting RCA cable in the box, but tweakers may possibly still want to up grade to a better a single later on.

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Tactility — taking away the report from its sleeve, putting it on the platter, choosing up the tonearm, inserting the needle in the groove — is arguably additional than 50 percent of the practical experience when you are actively playing records. The Pro-Ject may possibly not pretty come to feel like accurate a large-stop participant, but it was certainly additional exciting to use than the Fluance. 

In comparison to the Fluance’s plastic-y lever the Pro-Ject’s knobbed lever felt a very little additional like you would expect in a product or service costing 50 percent a grand. If you haven’t employed a Pro-Ject ‘table just before, the way you have to rest the tonearm vertically takes some receiving employed to — you are not able to just swing the arm back again above to the proper.  

When the two turntables were basically spinning records, it was the Pro-Ject that that most carefully evoked the spirit of listening to vinyl. It experienced a relaxed, complete presentation that wasn’t as tiring as the Fluance could be. 


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The Ortofon 2M Blue that arrives with the Fluance is an enjoyable-sounding cartridge, and with the proper materials it can make you want to get up and dance. In comparison to the Pro-Ject’s stately overall performance, Velvet Underground by Jonathan Richman sounded like a fully diverse recording on the Fluance– bass was deeper, tambourine crisper and there was a increased diploma of slapback echo from the proper channel. 

By the exact token the Fluance can sound as well forward with some tracks, although the Pro-Ject gives additional of a feeling of area, which is specially good for significant home appears like Nils Frahm’s Spaces. The Pro-Ject increased the record’s ambient qualities, creating the home seem like it prolonged deep into the area in entrance of me. The Fluance manufactured the recording sound additional comprehensive but it was also two dimensional — it seemed to exist only on the airplane among the speakers. Spaces is not specifically an edge-of-your-seat variety of recording, so the Pro-Ject’s additional relaxed tactic labored better below.

I read the Fluance’s forwardness again on Nick Cave’s Purple Correct Hand, and below the bass also threatened to turn into boomy. Except if you have a mellow sounding process, the Fluance RT85 appears like a single up grade as well far. The OM10 cartridge in the a lot less-expensive Fluance RT82 is a nicely well balanced cartridge, but the move up to the 2M Blue in the RT85 will be as well a great deal for currently-vibrant techniques. The Pro-Ject again confirmed better equilibrium and a finely honed delineation among Cave’s baritone and the deep bassline. 

I tried using my reference Rega Planar 3 with the Ortofon 2M Blue and although it provided a in the same way forward equilibrium it was additional tempered, not steely like the Fluance could be. The Pro-Ject with its Sumiko Rainier still sounded better, nevertheless. And when I switched the Rega’s cartridge to the Goldring E3, I again most well-liked the Pro-Ject, which demonstrates how tightly built-in the EVO’s cartridge/turntable combination is.

Need to you obtain it?

The Pro-Ject EVO gives excellent playback, appears to be good and is a ton of exciting to use. It truly is crafted nicely and the ability to modify the feet makes leveling a painless process. The EVO may possibly not be great — the ergonomics of the tonearm acquire a very little receiving employed to, for example — but this is nevertheless a good way to get back again into vinyl, or to up grade from a starter table.