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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB Turntable

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Ex VAT: £374.17

RRP: £469.00


Flagship model in Pro-Ject's Debut range, positioned above the basic Debut Carbon and Debut Carbon USB models. Esprit SB is the ultimate iteration of the highly awarded turntable.

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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Pro-Ject
Product Award HiFi Choice 5 Star, HiFi Choice Group Test Winner

Tech Specs

- 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)
- Overhang: 18.5mm
- Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red
- Power Consumption: 7.4W (<0.5W in standby)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 118 x 320mm
- Weight: 4.9kg

Product Description

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB is a completely new product, superceding the multi-award winning Debut Carbon with 8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm, a new upgraded method for the power supply, an improved isolation of the motor and the turntable comes pre-installed with a Ortofon 2M Red cartridge.

Enhanced Performance

The Debut Carbon Esprit SB comes with a new cable junction box as well as a totally new speed controller that facilitates easy switching between 33 RPM and 45 RPM.  The Debut Carbon Esprit SB also has the ability to play 78 RPM records by manually adjusting the pulley to the larger pulley wheel and setting the speed records to 45/78.  If you intend to play 78RPM records then we recommend a dedicated 78RPM stylus.

New Motor System

The speed controller on the the Debut Carbon Esprit SB is not only convenient but also results in a smoother movement of the motor and additionally reduces unwanted resonance along with the improved motor isolation.

The new motor isolation system uses a unique rubber compound, which was exclusively developed by Ortofon A/S in order to dramatically reduce the resonance transference from the high-quality 9V motor.

Acrylic Platter

The Espirit also features an acrylic platter upgrade which results in acoustic benefits by having virtually no resonance characteristics in the audible spectrum and therefore reducing the need for a slipmat, which is known to cause problems and increase the build-up of static electricity.   Furthermore, the Debut Carbon Esprit SB is presented in three stylish, high-gloss colours for you to choose from (Black, Red, or White).

Key Features

- Debut Carbon turntable with a built-in speed controller
- Acryl-IT 12" Platter included
- 8.6CC carbon fibre tonearm
- Ortofon 2M Red, pre-installed
- Superior motor isolation system, designed by Ortofon A/S
- Cable box supplied for an effortless cable upgrade
- New power supply method
- Choose between Black, Red or White high gloss finish

Press Reviews

  • '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
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Customer Reviews

  • PETE

    5 Jun 2020

    I ordered my Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB turntable in white online at 1pm and it was delivered at 9.20am the next morning. Very well packaged. I found a YouTube clip that helped with the set up of the turntable. It looks good and sounds great. Clarity and separation are good with a well balanced sound. Well worth spending that little bit extra
  • Ian Reynolds

    17 May 2015

    Two 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.
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