Pro-Ject launches Debut Carbon Evolution turntable

Pro-Ject launches Debut Carbon Evolution turntable
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Vinyl-lovers take note: Pro-Ject has just announced a new addition to its longstanding and affordable Debut range – the Debut Carbon Evo, or Debut Carbon Evolution as it is called in the US.

Pro-Ject's Debut line launched in 1999 (oh, how we partied!) and What Hi-Fi? has found much to like in the line since, awarding five stars to the Austrian firm's Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile and Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntables. And let's not forget, the firm's ultra-affordable Pro-Ject Primary E is a current Award-winner, too.

So what's new for 2020? Well, the DC Evolution still features the brand’s now-famous 8.6in one-piece carbon fibre tonearm technology with integrated headshell and low-friction sapphire tonearm bearings. There's electronic speed selection for 33, 45 and 78RPM, suspension elements from the pricier X1, and fitted is an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge (or Sumiko Rainier cartridge if you're buying in the US).

You'll also get Pro-Ject's heavy 1.7kg die cast aluminium platter with TPE damping, TPE-damped motor suspension, gold-plated chassis-mount RCA jacks and one-piece continuous run copper internal tonearm wiring.

Pro-Ject's new Debut Carbon (DC) Evolution

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It's available in a range of nine finishes, including varieties of eight-coat, hand-painted high-gloss, matte pastel colours, or elegant walnut veneer (above). The hinged adjustable dust cover is included, too.

The Debut Carbon Evolution will be available to order from authorised Pro-Ject dealers in the US beginning in September for £449 ($499, AU$879).


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.