With the launch of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO last year, the long time turntable maker is looking to further amplify the line with the announcement of a new PRO version just this morning. The “step up” in the Debut series is intended as a next generation product, launching some new turntable tech from the company and a laundry list of upgraded features including hand held assembly in Europe.
Pre-adjusted Sumiko Rainer cartridge
8.6” one-piece carbon/aluminium tonearm
Precision aluminum platter with TPE damping
Fully adjustable VTA
Nickel-plated aluminum bearing block
Motor suspension with better damping
Height-adjustable metal feet
Electronic speed switch
Precision belt drive with electronic speed control
8x coats hand-painted MDF chassis
Premium semi-symmetrical phono cable
Gold-plated RCA connectors
More from the press release:
Sumiko and Pro-Ject USA are proud to announce the new Debut PRO Turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems. The original Pro-Ject 1 and its successor, the Debut series, revolutionized the music listening experience while reinvigorating a passion for analog playback – a turning point for the industry. Pro-Ject continues to satisfy music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts with continued innovation in performance and value that bring the joy of stereo hi-fi to life in your own home.
The Debut PRO extends the tradition of the Debut collection with a new striking design, featuring a satin black and brushed-nickel color scheme that emphasizes the strengths of the technologies within the turntable. Tracking performance is enhanced by an all new 8.6” tonearm that features a one-piece carbon fiber wrapped aluminum arm tube for excellent rigidity and reduction of harmful resonances. A heavy-duty, nickel-plated machined aluminum bearing block ensures the tight tolerance tonearm bearings move freely, allowing the tonearm to track precisely across the entire surface of the record. The Debut PRO also features a die-cast aluminum platter with integrated TPE damping, resulting in the perfect combination of mass and low internal resonance.
New to the Debut series, the tonearm height and azimuth are both adjustable, allowing for the use of a wide range of cartridges. The critically acclaimed Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge is included with the Debut PRO and has been mounted by our experts and precision-aligned at the factory. Height adjustable leveling feet with integrated resonance damping, electronic speed selection, a detachable acrylic dust cover and a premium semi-symmetrical phono cable (Connect It E) round out the Debut PRO’s robust feature set.
The Pro-Ject Debut PRO Turntable will retail for $899.99 USD and be available in limited quantities from select Pro-Ject dealers starting August 2021.
More info: Pro-Ject Debut PRO
If you would like to hear more about Pro-Ject and its history, you can check out The Occasional Podcast interview with founder Heinz Lichtenegger from last year. The episode is available on iTunes or direct though the embed below.