Pro-ject Debut III Reviewed
Pro-Ject is without question one of the top brands when it comes to turntables. Their products are not cheap by any means but like in many cases, you get what you pay for. Every turntable that has ever left their factory screams quality and reliability with no exception. Enjoy our review of one of their masterpieces, the Debut III.
There are many reasons why you should consider buying this turntable if you’re looking for one around 300 dollars. We don’t wonder that most people who purchased it don’t regret their decision. The Pro-Ject Debut 3 has a really quiet motor unlike most of the cheaper turntables. It is decoupled from the plinth in order to reduce vibrations. It works very well. As the titles says, it also includes an Ortofon OM-5 MM cartridge. It is preinstalled on the turntable and makes it a complete package. It happens often that when buying a turntable we recommend buying a better cartridge then the built-in one because it is of bad quality. It’s not case here. When you buy this version of Pro-ject Debut, there is no need to spend any more money on any other components. Certainly, you can still upgrade certain parts in case you want to customize it but it is not needed. It is also worth to mention that it’s very easy to set it up, it doesn’t require any knowledge and takes only a few minutes. It has a very good tonearm with a silicone damped arm lift.
When it comes to the disadvantages or cons of buying/using the Pro-ject Debut III fortunately, the list is pretty short. One of the few is that it doesn’t play 78 records, only 33 1/3 and 45 rpm. As mentioned in the “Pros” part of our review, it is a complete package with mostly quality parts. One of the things that could be better is the universal power connector. It seems to be pretty “cheap” especially compared to the general high quality of the turntable. The 11” steel platter is not so good either. You may want to upgrade it mainly in case you are a critical listener. A part from these two cheaper parts, we really can’t say much bad about the Pro-ject Debut III for in its acceptable price category. There are better turntables but most of them cost much more. Although, we wrote that the setup is very easy, it is not easy because of the instructions that come with the package but because you can find videos, detailed guides of how to assemble it. Honestly, the instructions coming with it are pretty bad, almost useless.
Some of the most important features
- Includes Pre-Mounted Ortofon OM-5e Moving Magnet Cartridge
- Supplied with Pro-Ject 8.6 Aluminum Tonearm
- Belt-Drive Turntable with Two–Step Pulley for 33 and 45 RPM
- Quiet-Running Isolated AC Motor
- Specially-Made Isolation Feet to Reduce Effects of Vibration
- Dimensions: 16 1/4″ wide, 12 1/2″ deep, 4 1/2″ tall with the cover on
- It comes with a dustcover
Overall you get a lot for your money. For around $300 you won’t find many competitors that are in the same league with Pro-ject Debut III Turntable in Piano Black W – Ortofon Om-5. There is however something to think over. On one hand for a little less you can buy the AT-LP120 from Audio Technica which is an almost perfect turntable, the reason why we think it to be the best turntable in 2015. It is even better value for the money then the Debut III. On the other hand, for a little bit more you can consider buying Pro-ject’s Debut Carbon or the Rega RP-1. They are both better turntables than the Debut III and don’t cost much more. The Debut Carbon is a better table with its full size platter, carbon fiber tone arm, Ortofon 2M Red cartridge and the other upgrades. We reviewed all these 3 turntables. You can find their reviews clicking on their name.
Briefly, you cannot go wrong with buying the Pro-ject Debut III but probably there are slightly better options out there for a little bit less or a little bit more money.