Debut Carbon DC



'Vinyl won't survive,' they said, throughout the transition era where tapes reigned supreme and CDs started to emerge. When music started to be digitised, compressed, and turned into something it wasn't. They didn't count on us remembering that classic sound, that quality, that had the potential to move us.

And then we came along with the Debut model. Beginning production in the late 90s in the Czech town of Litovel, East of Prague, we wanted to change the game with a low cost turntable that could bring that experience back. So we did.

Today's Debut Carbon is a very different turntable, with precision as a big factor on top of design and sound quality. In line with turntables with a much higher price tag, the Debut Carbon has a carbon fibre tonearm and heavy platter to reduce resonance for smooth, clear music, and comes pre-fitted with the Ortofon OM10 cartridge to match. We've also just upgraded it with a DC power supply for more precise speed stability and reduced vibrations.

Check out this Debut line turntable in Daft Punk's Random Access Memories unboxing:

8.6" Carbon tonearm

We use premium, cutting edge materials for all our components, especially our carbon fibre Debut Carbon tonearm.

            • Higher rigidity
            • Heavily reduced reverberation
            • No sound colouration - your music sounds pure and natural
            • Pre-fitted with Ortofon OM10 cartridge for great sound and a quick start 



Sorbothane motor suspension

Our new suspension system ensures noise and vibration is kept to a bare minimum for the best sound.

  • Significant reduction in vibration
  • Minimised rumble
  • Interference-free drive mechanism for pure uninterrupted audio
  • Powered by a DC supply with ultra frequency DC-driven AV generator for greater speed stability


Full width, medium density main platter

The Debut Carbon utilises a medium density platter with a diameter wide enough to support the entire LP for increased stability.

  • Improved wow & flutter
  • Felt mat provided for record grip and smooth performance


For more detailed information on the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, click here.


Speed 33, 45 (manual speed change)
Drive principle Belt drive
Platter 300mm metal with felt mat
Mains bearing Stainless steel
Wow and flutter +/- 0.10%
Speed drift +/- 0.80%
Signal to noise -68dB
Tonearm 8.6”, Carbon
Effective arm length 218.5 mm
Effective arm mass 6.0g
Overhang 18.5mm
Tracking force 10-30 mN
Included accessories RCA cable, lid
Power connection 110/120 or 230/240 Volt - 50 or 60 Hz
Included accessories 15V DC/0.8A power supply, dust cover
Standby power consumption < 1 Watt
Dimensions 415 x 118 x 320mm (WxHxD) lid closed
Weight 5.6 Kg net


Smarthouse Awards 2013

"The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. The new Debut Carbon lives up to its pedigree."

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EISA Awards 2012-2013

"The sound of this turntable combination is as mature as the design itself, with a dynamic, foot-tapping quality reminiscent of far costlier models."

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What Hi-Fi Best Turntable up to ₤500 2012

"Pro-Ject has been producing class-leading budget turntables for many years now, but we think this is one of the company's finest achievements and more than deserving of Best Buy status."

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Tone Audio Product of the Year 2012

"The Debut Carbon offers a great way to get into the analog game on a tight budget."

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Hi-Fi Choice Awards finalist 2012

"A fine entry-level turntable gets better still, making it a top budget buy."

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Best Turntables for Under $500 [US]

December, 2013

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National Business Review NZ

"Decks like Pro-Jects Debut Carbon sound amazing. Fully set up, ready to run out of the box and available in a wide range of colours."

November, 2013

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What Hi-Fi

"The Debut has been a recommendable proposition for well over a decade. This new version keeps it as appealing as ever."

September, 2012

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The Independent

"Available in a range of seven bright, glossy colours, they should satisfy audiophiles while also being very easy on the eye."
October, 2013

Sound + Vision

"A low cost turntable with high-end features and fantastic sound quality."

October, 2012

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Hi-Fi Choice

"I find the new Debut Carbon with much the same meticulousness and even-handedness in reproducing music, but with a better tonality to voices and instruments alike."

August, 2012

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Music Emotion

"You are gripped by the performance, by the authenticity, vitality and reality. Your feet will start to move to the beat and the atmosphere will revert to what it used to be."

June, 2012

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Hi-Fi News

May, 2012

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Audio Test

October, 2012

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