Ever the perfectionist, the Austrian manufacturer has now released an upgraded version of their famous Debut Esprit. Designed after the new DEBUT CARBON model, it features a number of specific improvements: a new AC motor with a new suspension, complete with two TPE vibration isolation bushings. It reduces vibration in the turntable and rumble, hence improving the signal-to-noise ratio. The motor also features a new bearing with stainless steel spindle. You can change the speed (33⅓/45 RPM) by moving the belt to the desired cog. The platter must be lifted to access the belt, which is very simple. The biggest change has been to the tonearm. The original 8.6" one-piece aluminium tonearm has been replaced by a new and exclusive 8.6" one-piece carbon tonearm weighing only 6 g! This significantly increases rigidity and provides much improved tonal neutrality and precision. It is worth mentioning that the tonearm cables are not captive and so the standard cables can easily be replaced by higher performing models, such as Pro-Ject's 'Connect It' range. The platter is crafted into a trued 300 mm single acrylic piece. It usefully replaces the felt platter mat, which had static building problems. Unlike conventional steel platters, its low resonance frequency delivers a more neutral and evenly textured sound quality.
It is available in seven different high-gloss colours ranging from black to white and including red and green, amongst others. The new design of this turntable means that while it comes with the famous and efficient Ortofon 2M Red cartridge with an elliptical stylus, it is also compatible with a large selection of other cartridges. This turntable is the most elaborate model in the range.
The sonic performance is very precise and well balanced. Reduced noise allows the listener to focus on the music and the details. The sound stage is quite amazing for a turntable within this price range. The technical and technological solutions adopted by Pro-Ject have proven once again to be a success. OK, it doesn't quite match the performances of its elder sisters, but you can't deny that the sound quality is excellent for a product under €450 with a cartridge! Also, another great feature is its superb finish, regardless of the colour you opt for. This ESPRIT is yet another success for Pro-Ject! Another job well done!
CAUTION: Speed Box I, II and S are not compatible with the following DC motors: Debut Carbon, Debut Carbon Esprit, Debut Carbon USB.
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Speeds: 33 and 45 rpm manual change
Drive principle: belt
Motor: Synchronous, isolated with TPE bushings
Platter: 300 mm acrylic
Spindle: Stainless steel
Wow & Flutter: +/- 0.1% -Speed drift +/- 0.8%
Signal-to-noise ratio: - 68dB
Tonearm: 8.6”, 218.5 mm carbon fibre
Effective tonearm mass: 6.0 g
Tracking force: 10 - 30mN
Accessories: Phono cable, dust cover, 45 rpm adapter
MM Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red
DC power supply: 15 V
Dimensions: 415 x 118 x 320 mm closed dust cover
Weight: 5.6 kg