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Pro-Ject Wants You To Touch Your Debut PRO S Turntable

The $1,200 Pro-Ject Debut PRO S Turntable offers a more hands-on approach to playback and cartridge swapping.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable Subplatter

That felt somewhat odd just writing, but we actually understand where Pro-Ject is coming from in regard to the table. The new Pro-Ject Debut PRO S has been officially launched in Europe but N. American audiophiles will have to wait until October for the launch on this side of the pond.

We were more than just a little impressed with the Debut PRO, and our review makes it quite clear that this is the turntable to buy in 2022 if your budget is between $800 and $1,100 USD.

What we really love about the Debut Pro lineup is the scalability of the tables; you can easily change out the cartridge, add a better platter mat, or add an isolation platform from Pro-Ject or even IsoAcoustics.

Sumiko offers a number of higher-end cartridges like the Wellfleet that would certainly raise the performance of the Debut PRO and PRO S tables.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable

The Pro-Ject Debut PRO S tips the scales at 15 pounds and looks like a rather solid deck that comes equipped with a dustcover. The supplied head shell/cartridge is manufactured by Ortofon but we don’t know if N. American consumers will get the same setup at launch.

We offer that information because the Debut PRO comes with a pre-installed Sumiko Rainier in N. America and a totally different cartridge from Ortofon in Europe.

The Skinny

The manual controls invite the listener to interact with the turntable. The audible reward follows from the tactile experience. There are no unnecessary switches, LEDs nor labeling to distract from the essentials here.

A tad heavy on the philosophy but there are some technical differences between the turntables that require some explanation.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S VTA Setting

The Debut PRO S utilizes Pro-Ject’s latest s-shaped 10″ aluminum tonearm design which is precision-machined and includes a CNC-milled bearing block for a new degree of resolution.

Another difference is that the tonearm allows for different head shells, which also makes it easier to experiment with different cartridges. There are a number of cartridges pre-mounted in head shells from Ortofon, and Nagaoka that would make a lot of sense in a $1,200 turntable.

Tack on azimuth & VTA adjustment and you have full control over over the setup parameters of your cartridge.

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As usual, the deck is handmade in Europe using top-quality materials. The full satin black finish (including hand-painted parts) makes Debut PRO S a rather striking looking deck.

In-House CNC-Machined Aluminum Components

Take a closer look and you’ll find no hollow spaces nor plastic parts. Only high-quality aluminum parts are implemented to ensure optimal sound quality.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable Sideview town

10″ Aluminum S-Shaped Tonearm

Pro-Ject’s latest s-shaped aluminum tonearm design ensures excellent damping and 10″ effective length enables perfect tracking of the record groove with minimal tracking error (including in the inner grooves). Compared to a straight tonearm, the s-shaped design requires more material and thus increases effective mass, accommodating cartridges that might be on the heavier side.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable Backview

Adjustable VTA & Azimuth

Both azimuth and vertical tracking angle (VTA) are adjustable. Tonearm height can be easily changed by loosening the two grub screws at the rear of the armboard (then retightened!). For azimuth, there’s a single grub screw near the gimbal that allows for armtube rotation. Such versatility allows for endless experimentation with varying cartridges & records mats so that you can achieve the sonics that best suit you.

Built-In Speed Controller & Stabilizer

Platter speed is electronically controlled with the utmost precision ensuring speed accuracy & stability. Toggle between 33 & 45rpm with the flip of a switch. The supplied round belt for 78rpm records deepens the versatility of Debut PRO S.

Coupled with the diamond-cut aluminum sub-platter, platter speed is very accurate; The sub-platter also increases the mass of the drive system resulting in additional damping of noise and unwanted resonance.

Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable ALU Subplatter

TPE-Damped Die-Cast Aluminum Record Platter

The die-cast aluminum platter is machined and balanced to perfection. Pro-Ject add a TPE-ring to the underside of the high-mass platter that increases damping and rotational mass, further improving speed stability.

Features

  • Pick it S2 C integrated cartridge/headshell
  • 10″ s-shaped aluminum tonearm
  • Precision aluminum platter with TPE damping
  • Fully adjustable VTA
  • Nickel-plated aluminum bearing block
  • Motor suspension with TPE damping
  • Height-adjustable TPE-damped metal feet
  • Precision belt-drive with electronic speed control
  • 8x coats hand-painted satin black MDF chassis
  • Premium semi-symmetrical phono cable
  • Gold-plated RCA connectors
  • Dustcover included
  • Handmade in Europe
Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable Black

Specs

  • Speed: 33, 45/(78) (electronic speed change)
  • Drive principle: belt-drive w/ electronic speed control
  • Platter: 300mm, die-cast aluminum platter with TPE damping and felt mat
  • Platter bearing: high-precision stainless steel axle in bronze bushing
  • Wow & flutter: 33: +/-0.16%; 45: +/-0.14%
  • Speed drift: 33: +/-0.40%; 45: +/-0.50%
  • Signal to noise: 68dB
  • Tonearm: 10″ aluminum with SME-type headshell connection
  • Effective arm length/mass: 254mm/8g
  • Overhang: 16mm
  • Included accessories: 15V DC / 0.8A power supply, dustcover, 78rpm round belt, 7″ singles adapter
  • Power consumption: 4W (0W standby)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 462 x 145 x 345mm
  • Dimensions (standard): 18.19 x 5.71 x 13.58
  • Mass (weight): 8kg (15.43 lbs) net

For more information: Pro-Ject Debut Pro S Turntable

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. ORT

    October 3, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t really get Pro-Ject doing this. I am not a fan of those weird looking cartridge setups. I’ve got one on my 50th Anniversary Sgt. Peppers Essential III. It looks stoopid but since I do not change things that I am worried I will screw up, I just do my best not to look at that hideous cartridge/needle.

    It is F U G L Y.

    If I had known how much it would piss me off, I would NOT have bouoght this ‘table. This is pretty much why I still have not bought the George Harrison ‘table by Pro-Ject. UGH. That cartridge is cheap and fugly looking. I do NOT think I should have to upgrade it right off the bat and to be honest, I may never change it on my Sgt Pepper ‘table.

    Why does Pro-Ject do this? A beautiful table made fugly by that cheapass cartrdige thingy. 😉 They did this to further upset me and along with that hideous platter, it is a sure bet I will NEVER buy one.

    ORT

    • Ian White

      October 3, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      ORT,

      It’s geared towards the “DJ” millennials who want to touch and feel everything.

      Not my personal cup of tea but it’s big in Europe.

      IW

      • ORT

        October 3, 2022 at 6:13 pm

        Ewwwwwwwwwwww…That explains it, thanks!

        Next up…Tomorrow! Tomorrow! It soon will be tomorrow and it’s FOCAL!

        ORT

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