|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi Choice 5 Star, HiFi Choice Group Test Winner|
Nominal Speeds: 33/45/78 RPM
Speed Variance: ± 0.8%
Wow & Flutter: ± 0.1%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 68dB
Tonearm: 8.6CC Carbon Fibre
Effective Tonearm Mass: 6g
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red
Power Consumption: 7.4W (<0.5W in standby)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 118 x 320mm / 415 x 365 x 405mm (open lid)
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB is an all-new product which goes above and beyond the multi-award winning Debut Carbon. As well as the new 8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm the Esprit SB features a new power supply method, improved motor isolation and a pre-installed Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. Also featured is a new cable junction box as well as a totally new speed control principle which enables easy changing between 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB is also able to spin at 78 RPM by manually adjusting the pulley to the larger rung and setting the speed records to 45/78 (we recommend a 78RPM stylus for the playback of 78RPM records).
As well as its convenience, the Debut Carbon Esprit SB's speed control system allows for smoother motor operation which further reduces unwanted resonances along with the improved motor isolation.
The new motor isolation system utilises a wholly unique rubber compound which was developed exclusively by Ortofon A/S in order to provide dramatically reduced resonance transference from the high-quality 9V motor.
The acrylic platter upgrade which the Esprit uses also provides sonic benefits by offering virtually no resonance in the audible frequencies and negating the need for a slipmat which can sometimes cause problems and contribute to the build up of static.
The Debut Carbon Esprit SB is available in three stylish, high-gloss colours.
- Debut Carbon turntable with built-in speed control
- 12" Acryl-IT Platter supplied
- 8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm
- Ortofon 2M Red, pre-installed
- New motor isolation system, designed by Ortofon A/S
- Cable junction box included, for easy cable upgrade
- New power supply method
- Available in Black, Red and White High-Gloss
'a very smooth and detailed affair with just the right amount of presence to ensure the music remains even across its frequencies' Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, June 2014
'The SB manages to retain a degree of bite without sounding too hard edged.' Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, June 2014
'A super bargain that's easy to use and has a well balanced class-leading sound to it.' Hi-Fi Choice Magazine 2014
- 'At the price this Pro-Ject deck screams outstanding value, but what really sells it is the way it's brimming with musical detail.' Hi-Fi Choice Magazine 2014
17 May 2015Two weeks ago I purchased this amazing turntable for my partner and has a second system along with a Marantz PM6005 from another dealer, she doesn't like playing records on my Inspire Monarch, Audio Origami, Micro Benz Ace set up, for fear of damaging the cartridge or disturbing my arm set up.
Richard at Audio Affair assured me that the set up on Pro-Jects was pretty much spot and he was absolutely right. The overhang was absolutely accuarte and to my surprise the azimuth and VTA were also calibrated perfectly.
The project is a beautifully made turntable, a well made plinth in a gorgeous white gloss lacquer, a substantial acrylic platter and an outstanding 8.6 inch carbon fibre tonearm. Set up is a doddle, 10 to 15 for me, half a hour for a complete novice. The factory fitted Ortofon 2M Red is pretty good cartridge that can handle everything from vintage well played records to brand new audiophile pressings.
The sound is pretty amazing from a complete package that costs less than £450. There's a great sense of space, great sound staging and excellent dynamics. The presentation is full of information and there is little if no distortion even close to the end of record. Bass performance is good, taught and rythmic and the high frequencies are very intergrated, something that I find hard to believe at this price, however it the midrange is the real revelation performing like a genuine high end turntabe.
I have only two minor gripes with Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Espirit SB, Pro-Jects use of the anti-skate weight which does work well however I would prefer to have more control. And the rather cheap plastic power supply with its rather thin and nasty cord, sadly there doesn't appear to be an after market upgrade available as of now. These two minor issues aside I can't really fault this package.
If you're looking for a first turntable to get vinyl with, or have a pretty good system and fancy something that live alongside serious audio without costing the earth this may well be prefect for you.
This is a fantastic product and at £425 an absolute bargain.