Pro-Ject Introduce the Debut III S Audiophile Turntable

Review - Pro-Ject Debut III S

Pro-Ject Debut III S

Pro-Ject Introduce the Debut III S Audiophile Turntable
T he Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile is the first widely available Debut model to feature an S-shape tonearm. In addition, it’s also the first to feature a new Pro-Ject exclusive cartridge, new turntable feet and the new Pro-Ject logo to go with Pro-Ject’s new corporate headquarters.

The Debut turntable is a true icon in the analogue world. Since its introduction in the late 1990s it has won a string of international awards and has been renewed and refreshed over time to meet the changing standards expected by contemporary audio enthusiasts. The latest model in the series’ long and illustrious history is the Debut III S Audiophile, and with it Pro-Ject Audio Systems have introduced some advanced features to enhance the look and performance in new ways.

The standout feature of the Debut III S Audiophile is the new S-shape tonearm, making this model the first widely available Debut design to not include a straight tonearm. Not only does the S-shape arm provide a stylish retro appeal to the classic turntable aesthetic, but thanks to its sturdy, yet light, one-piece aluminium construction it also navigates the record with ease and fluidity. The tonearm is supplied with a brand new Ortofon cartridge pre-installed. Designed exclusively for Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Pick-IT 25 A is a moving-magnet cartridge based on the popular Ortofon OM series, but it employs highly conductive silver spools in the generator system for a superior sound performance. The result of the combination is a very harmonic and warm, audiophile sound.

Elsewhere, the Debut III S Audiophile uses the well-recognised Debut design and includes the same belt-drive motor, AC generator and 12” platter assembly as the award-winning Debut Carbon model for a silent, stable record rotation. Performance is improved to new levels thanks to the specially developed aluminium/TPE isolation feet. Inspired by more expensive designs in the Pro-Ject range, the new feet effectively decouple the playback platform from all unwanted vibrations.

Available in high-gloss black or white finishes, the remaining enhancements to the new design are found in the overall aesthetic appeal.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems have long-since established themselves as world leaders in the design and manufacture of true hi-fi record players, but in late-2017 they reached new heights with the unveiling of their new ultra-modern facility in Mistelbach – a small town to the north of Vienna. The new offices house all of the company’s staff, including marketing, design, technical, service and assembly personnel. The opening of their headquarters also coincided with the expansion of the company’s turntable factory in the Czech Republic, increasing the production capabilities of this world-leading analogue company. To mark the occasion, Pro-Ject Audio Systems have rebranded themselves with a new company logo – and the Debut III S Audiophile is the first to include this new brand identity in its design.

In addition to the new ‘P’ logo on the top of the high-gloss MDF plinth, the Debut III S Audiophile also includes the full Pro-Ject logo on the supplied dust cover. Elsewhere, other convenient features include the supplied Connect-IT E turntable-ready RCA cables and the included felt mat.

The Debut III S Audiophile employs the best technologies from an established design and combines them with new features, technology and styling to give a new spin on an iconic range.

SRP £325.00 The Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile is available across the UK now. Available in Black or White finish.

■ Technical Information

• Drive Principle: Belt Drive

• Speeds: 33, 45 (manual speed change)

• Platter: 300mm Steel Platter with Felt Mat (Acrylic upgrade available)

• Speed Drift: 33: ± 0.60% / 45: ±0.50%

• Wow & Flutter: 33: ± 0.19% / 45: ±0.17%

• Main Bearing: Stainless-Steel Axle in a Brass Bearing Housing

• Tonearm: 8.6” Aluminium S-Shape

• Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm

• Overhang: 18.5mm Tracking force 10 - 30mN

• Output: RCA (Phono)

• Included Accessories: 15V DC Power Supply, Dust Cover, Connect-IT E RCA Cable

• Power Connection: 240V / 50Hz

• Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 118 x 320mm

• Weight: 5kg (net)


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