In its almost 30-year history, Pro-Ject Audio Systems has released products from 57 different record players listed on its website — with an update to the , the $499 (£449) Debut Carbon EVO.to speakers and headphones, but it’s best known for turntables. Now the company has added to its already sizable lineup — there are
Pro-Ject has long sparred with industry veteran Rega, and the new EVO looks to take the British company’s Planar 1 head-on, touting features the Rega lacks. The EVO includes a one-piece carbon-fiber tonearm, adjustable feet, an electronic speed selection (no more removing the platter) and for the US, a factory-mounted Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge (a $150 value). The turntable also includes a suspension system borrowed from the higher-end X1 and a hefty 3.7-pound aluminum platter.
Not happy with a simple choice of black or white, Pro-Ject offers nine different finish options, including forest green and canary yellow (perfect for color coordination as seen below). The turntable is available now.
As an owner of both Pro-Ject and Rega turntables, I have always admired Pro-Ject’s musicality and value for money, and with the Carbon EVO these precepts still appear to be priorities. Pro-Ject’s main issue is that its numerous models can lead to dilution; Rega offers only three turntables under a grand while Pro-Ject has dozens. The recent $300and $900 X1 were billed as part of a fresh slate for the company — one entry-level turntable and one higher-end, done — but with the release of the EVO it seems Pro-Ject is back to its old tricks.
I’m very much looking forward to pitting the Carbon EVO against Rega’s Planar 1 in the near future. Keep an eye out on CNET and check out our other turntable reviews here.
The specs for the Debut Carbon EVO are as follows:
- 8.6-inch, one-piece carbon-fiber tonearm, integrated headshell
- Low-friction precision sapphire tonearm bearings
- Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge, factory mounted and precision aligned (US only)
- Heavy 3.7 pound die-cast aluminum platter
- Electronic Speed Selection for 33 and 45 rpm (78 capable)
- TPE-damped motor suspension
- Premium gold-plated, chassis-mount RCA jacks
- One-piece continuous run, high purity copper internal tonearm wiring, shielded termination box
- Height adjustable TPE-damped aluminum leveling feet
- Hinged adjustable dust cover included
- Connect its E phono cable with attached external ground wire
- Multivoltage power supply
Update, Aug. 28: Pro-Ject has clarified that the turntable name is Debut Carbon EVO, not the Debut Carbon Evolution.
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