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ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes (Walnut)


Manual Belt Drive Turntable With Built-In Phono Preamp And Ortofon Cartridge

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ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Walnut with supplied Lid

ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Walnut with supplied Lid

Three Speed Manual Belt Drive Turntable With Built-In Phono Preamp & USB & Optical Output For High Resolution Audio Recordings

Electronic 33/45rpm Speed Change, Manual 78rpm Speed Change, High-Rigidity, One-Piece Carbon Fibre Tonearm

Includes Pre-Mounted Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge And Hinged Dust Cover

Colour Selected: Walnut
Availability: In Stock
Delivery: Free Australia Wide Delivery

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Product Description

The ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes is rather like the Swiss Army Knife of Turntables with the ability to do almost anything you’ve ever dreamed a turntable could do.


First off let’s list some of the ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes’ considerable features:

  • Plays 33, 45 & 78rpm records
  • Electronic speed change for 33 & 45rpm
  • A variety of gloss colours plus a nice matt walnut finish
  • Acrylic Lid supplied standard
  • One piece carbon fibre tonearm
  • Ortofon 2m Red Moving Magnet Cartridge
  • Heavy non-resonant acrylic platter
  • Quality built-in phono stage
  • Selectable Line/Phono Input
  • Record level control for best dynamic range
  • Simultaneously connection to amplifier & computer
  • Vinyl Studio Lite recording software included
  • High Resolution recording up to PCM 24/192kHz or DSD256
  • Internal high class AKM AK5552VN Analogue to Digital converter
  • Analogue line output for connection to a CD, Tuner, Tape or Aux input on your amplifier
  • USB & Optical Digital outputs for recording to a MAC or PC or connection to a DAC, amplifier, soundbar etc
  • Rip, edit and store tracks from your vinyl records or other (line level) sources to your PC or Mac

ProJect Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes

The notion of ‘ripping’ your vinyl to a digital file is becoming increasingly popular. Unless you’re in the habit of playing original master tapes via reel-to-reel, the vinyl disc offers the best quality sound you can currently find… in the world… bar none – no matter what digital file you wish to offer as a challenger. Analogue play is, though, horribly static in its form. Mobile, it ain’t. If you want to listen to your favourite album on your DAP or via CD/USB/Bluetooth in your car or some such, then a ripped vinyl disc is not only a possibility, but also a desirable option, because you can control the process and, in comparison to the range of download and streaming facilities out there, you can produce a far higher-quality file.

Well, actually, that last point has always been decidedly moot, because home-brew vinyl ripping has been hampered by two issues. Either the quality of the final vinyl-ripped file has either been reasonable at best (that is, the resolution has been relatively low), or the quality of the source doing the rip has been average at best (via a turntable of a decidedly budget aroma).

Pro-Ject has recognised this problem and has designed a ripping package that not only offers high-resolution file options, but also provides a top-quality analogue source to do the actual ripping. The latter is very important, incidentally. The better the turntable source, the better will be the quality of the final ripped file.

The Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes deck that forms the heart of this package is a three-speed (33.33, 45 and 78rpm) turntable, based on the Debut Carbon platform with an enhanced acrylic platter and an 8.6″ carbon tonearm, fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. It’s more akin to the Debut Esprit, in fact.

It includes an ADC (Analogue-Digital Converter) which can output digitally via USB or optical. The ADC is a high-quality 32-bit Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK5552VN, supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz or DSD256. The turntable features two pairs of RCA sockets (Line In for cassette/reel-to-reel tape machines and Line Out to an amplifier). A push-button switch toggles between them. You’ll also find a USB socket and S/PDIF optical connector, with a Record Level knob and earth connector.

The phono amp was specially designed for the RecordMaster HiRes and has been optimised for use with moving-magnet cartridges. VinylStudio software is bundled, too. A third-party Windows/Mac software program, it converts your records and tapes to digital format and offers a range of cleaning filters for the files, if required. Fully featured, it is very easy to use.

All The Regular Debut Carbon Goodness

Like us you will be super-impressed with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable. It is not only right up there when it comes to value, but embodies all the warm and smooth tones that playing vinyl is all about. And judging by our sales, customer feedback and how many people around the world have watched our video tutorial, then that is obviously true. This description is for the latest design and you may wonder why Pro-Ject would even play-around with a successful model. Well there is no need to be concerned as the engineers at Pro-Ject have kept all the major elements just adding a couple of upgrades to make it sound even better.

History: The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.

Main Features: Fully manual operation coupled with the best materials and components available ensures the best possible value. The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is possibly the World's Best Entry-Level turntable/record player. It is already a Best Seller and for good reason - the sound!

The new Debut Carbon has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!

Engineering: The Debut Carbon Turntable from Pro-Ject is a killer deal! Pro-Ject has really created something special with this turntable! It features:  a low-tolerance, chrome plated, stainless-steel axle that runs on a polished bearing in a brass housing, decoupled from the motor to reduce vibrations; a great tonearm with a bearing that comprises inverted hardened stainless-steel points and sapphire thrust-pads; a silicone damped arm lift; and a high quality leads from the headshell to the RCA connectors. The headshell and arm tube are formed from a single carbon work piece, rotation allows adjustment of azimuth with a fixed headshell.

In addition to the Carbon Fibre Tonearm with its increased rigidity that delivers lower reverberation, there is a new DC powered motor with built-in power supply. The heavier platter that delivers improved wow and flutter and the improved Sorbothane motor suspension that delivers less vibration and minimises 'rumble' have both been carried over to this latest model. Pro-Ject claim that the suspension makes for an interference-free drive mechanism.

Set Up & Connection Is Easy: You may think that setting up a quality Turntable is a challenge for a new comer. However, when unpacked it is virtually ready-to-go! The Debut Carbon also includes a pre-installed Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge making this turntable a complete package. It is simple to set-up and will get you spinning LPs within minutes. See our Video Tutorial (link above) which has helped 1000's world-wide set up their Debut Carbon.

This version of the Debut Carbon Turntable simply connects to your stereo system via a set of RCA interconnects, but because it has a built-in phono stage any line level amplifier input such as CD, Tuner & Aux will do just fine.

In The News

I tested the recording option at DSD 128 and 24-bit/192kHz over several music genres and discovered, at this price point, a full and open sound and the aforementioned very detailed midrange. The bass was musical in nature, characterful and powerful, while often previously subtle and shy instruments were teased from the mix without any associated compressive brightness. The sound quality was always balanced and neutral.

It could have been so easy for Pro-Ject to grab a budget turntable and bundle it with software, but I admire the company for plumping for a superior and technically more complex turntable as the source instead. To allow you to hear the highest capable ripped resolutions, such a quality source is a necessity; and the sonic results are certainly worth it. Reviewed by Paul Rigby at Long Live Vinyl

  • Precision belt drive turntable with smooth-running synchronous motor
  • Switchable electronic speed control with support for 33⅓, 45 and 78 RPM
  • 8.6″ light-weight, high-accuracy aluminium tonearm
  • Heavy non-resonant acrylic platter
  • Built in MM phono preamplifier with line output and USB out for audio recording in PCM 24bit/192kHz or DSD256 11.2MHz
  • 2M Red moving-magnet cartridge fitted


  • Speed: 33, 45 (electronic speed change) 78 (manual)
  • Drive principle: belt drive
  • Platter: 300mm acrylic platter
  • Speed drift: 33: ±0,2% 45: ±0,16%
  • Wow & flutter: 33: ±0,12% 45: ±0,11%
  • Mains bearing: stainless-steel axle in a bronze bearing housing
  • Tonearm: 8,6” Carbon
  • Effective arm length: 218,5 mm
  • Overhang: 18,5mm
  • Tracking force: 10 - 30mN
  • A/D Converter: Asahi Kasai Microdevices, AK5552VN
  • DSD compatibility: DSD256
  • Sampling frequency: up to 192kHz
  • Output: Line (RCA), S/PDIF optical & USB-B (USB 2.0)
  • Input: Line In (RCA)
  • Included accessories:15 volts DC power supply, dust cover
  • Power connection: 110/120 or 230/240 Volt - 50 or 60 Hz
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 415 x 118 x 320mm
  • Weight 5kg
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Manual Belt Drive Turntable With Built-In Phono Preamp And Ortofon Cartridge
Brand ProJect
Cartridge Description Ortofon 2M Red
Main Features Belt Drive, Built-In Phono Preamp, Cartridge Installed, USB Output, Optical Digital Output, Electronic Speed Change, Plays 33's & 45's, Plays 78's
Colour Walnut
Shipping Weight (kg) 7.5000
Price Range $1,100


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