Pro-ject’s Debut Carbon Evolution record player takes on Rega, comes in nine flavors


In its nearly 30-year historical past, Professional-Ject Audio Programs has launched merchandise from amps and CD players to audio system and headphones, nevertheless it’s finest recognized for turntables. Now the corporate is including to its already sizable lineup — there are 57 different record players listed on its website — with an replace to the Debut, the $499/£449 Debut Carbon Evolution.

Professional-ject has lengthy sparred with trade veteran Rega, and the brand new Evolution seems to take the British firm’s Planar 1 head-on, touting options the Rega lacks. The Evolution features a one-piece carbon-fiber tonearm, adjustable toes, an digital pace choice (no extra eradicating the platter) and for the US, a factory-mounted Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge ($150 worth). The turntable additionally features a suspension system borrowed from the higher-end X1 and a hefty 3.7-pound aluminum platter.

Not proud of a easy alternative of black or white, Professional-ject gives 9 totally different end choices, together with forest inexperienced and canary yellow (good for colour coordination as seen beneath). The turntables shall be obtainable in September. 



As an proprietor of each Professional-Ject and Rega turntables,l I’ve all the time admired Professional-ject’s musicality and worth for cash, and with the Carbon Evolution these precepts nonetheless seem like priorities. Professional-ject’s foremost challenge is that its quite a few fashions can result in dilution; Rega gives solely three turntables underneath a grand whereas Challenge has dozens. The current $300 T1 and $900 X1 had been billed as a part of a recent slate for the corporate — one entry-level turntable and one higher-end, achieved — however with the discharge of the Evolution it appears Professional-ject is again to its previous methods.

I am very a lot trying ahead to pitting the Carbon Evolution in opposition to Rega’s Planar 1 within the close to future. Preserve a watch out on and check out our other turntable reviews here.

The specs for the Debut Carbon Evolution are as follows:

  • 8.6-inch, one-piece carbon-fiber tonearm, built-in headshell
  • Low-friction precision sapphire tonearm bearings
  • Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge, manufacturing facility mounted and precision aligned (US solely)
  • Heavy 3.7 pound die-cast aluminum platter
  • Digital Pace Choice for 33 and 45 RPM (78 succesful)
  • TPE-damped motor suspension
  • Premium gold-plated, chassis-mount RCA jacks
  • One-piece steady run, excessive purity copper inside tonearm wiring, shielded termination field
  • Top adjustable TPE-damped aluminum leveling toes
  • Hinged adjustable mud cowl included
  • Join its E phono cable with connected exterior floor wire
  • Multi-voltage energy provide

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Ty Pendlebury