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Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon Evolution turntable

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The following is a press release from Rotel.

The Brand is Thrilled to Launch an Updated and Refined Version of Their Most Beloved Turntable Design

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evolution in Satin Gold

MISTELBACH, AUSTRIA– August 17, 2020 – Pro-Ject Audio Systems is excited to unveil the new Debut Carbon Evolution turntable as an addition to its critically-acclaimed Debut Collection. The new product features the brand’s famous one-piece carbon fiber tonearm technology, electronic speed selection, suspension elements from the EISA award winning X1, and a factory mounted Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge.

From the very beginning, Pro-Ject has believed in the power of analog music. From the mid-1990s, at the height of the CD, Pro-Ject gained a global reputation for their phenomenal sound quality and premium build at an affordable price. After more than 20 years, The Debut is one of the best-selling products in the history of hi-fi, with close to one million units sold. The Debut made listening to vinyl an affordable option for music lovers, and thanks to its minimalist aesthetic and premium finish options, it also helped to make analogue fashionable again. The Debut series sets a new standard for value and performance with the new Debut Carbon Evolution.

Available in a range of nine finish options, including varieties of eight-coat, hand-painted high-gloss, beautiful matte pastel colours, or elegant walnut veneer. Debut Carbon Evolution was made to suit any home environment, allowing the passion for music on quality vinyl to take center stage. The Debut Carbon Evolution will be available through all authorized Pro-Ject dealers for orders in the US market beginning in September, retailing for $499 USD. More information can be found here:


  • 8.6″ one-piece Carbon Fiber tonearm, integrated headshell
  • Low-friction precision sapphire tonearm bearings
  • Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge, factory mounted, and precision aligned (United States only)
  • Heavy 1.7kg die cast aluminum platter w/ TPE Damping
  • Electronic Speed Selection for 33&45 RPM (78 capable)
  • TPE-damped motor suspension
  • Premium gold-plated, chassis-mount RCA jacks
  • One-piece continuous run, high purity copper internal tonearm wiring, shielded termination box
  • Height adjustable TPE-damped aluminum leveling feet
  • Hinged adjustable dust cover included
  • Two Year parts and labor warranty
  • Connect it E phono cable with attached external ground wire
  • Multi-voltage power supply

Debut Carbon Evolution Walnut with feltmat

Debut Carbon Evolution in High Gloss Red


Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded by one of Austria’s leading high-end audio distributors, Heinz Lichtenegger, in early 1991. A genuine music lover and a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile, Heinz challenged the common “cost-no-object” approach to analog audio equipment by manufacturing turntables, tonearms, and accessories at a reasonable price without compromising build quality or sonic performance. With his passion for high-end audio fueling a desire to take a familiar industry in a new direction, Heinz proceeded to use Pro-Ject Audio Systems as a locomotive to bring high-end gear to the masses.  By adhering to that philosophy while still only using quality electronic components that deliver sound that far exceeds their stature, the engineers at Pro-Ject redefined what is possible in high-end audio and proven that great things do come in small packages.


For nearly 30 years, SUMIKO has brought the finest high-end audio products to North America from around the globe.  From its humble beginnings as a phono cartridge importer, Sumiko has carefully selected like-minded partners and now distributes Pro-ject Audio, Sonus faber, Rotel, Sumiko Phono Cartridges and Bassocontinuo audio racks to assemble a complete reference-quality premium audio system. Sumiko is a proud member of the McIntosh Group, where progress and tradition are not mutually exclusive concepts, but rather a synergistic sum of parts which exceed their individual identities.

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