Product Type: Pro-Ject turntables
Newest Review: ... approach needed to play each disc it feels like a performance from start to finish - as another reviewer noted, this is not a bad t... more
My amazing debut playing vinyl
Member Name: mpsamuels
Advantages: Completely outperforms any possible expectations of equipment in this price range
Disadvantages: A little fiddly to setup and use
The debut name fits this wonderful piece of equipment perfectly in two senses really. On the first count its price clearly aims this at the lower end of the vinyl hi-fi separates market making it the likely choice for many as their first venture into the wonderful world of vinyl audiophilia (it IS a word now!). On the second count given the time, effort and delicate approach needed to play each disc it feels like a performance from start to finish - as another reviewer noted, this is not a bad thing.
This is far from a pick up and play piece of equipment that the throwaway MP3 generation is likely to appreciate. From the adjusting of the counterweight to find the balance of preventing needle glide but not destroying your records with heavy pressure, to adjusting the speed using the driving belt under the main platter, everything requires a little bit more than just the flick of a switch and this is part of the reason I love it. It takes time, some patience and even a little practice but the rewards at the end are great - how music was meant to be in years gone by before the MP3 or even CD era.
Hopeless reminiscing for an era well before my time aside this is a great record deck for those starting out their hi-fi separates setup and beats any CD player in a similar price range hands down for the warmth and depth of sound it produces.
I've no doubt that there are better decks available if you are willing to spend the additional money but the Pro-Ject debut certainly outperforms for the price point it is available at.
A worthwhile investment for any real music fan who appreciates that music should be listened to as a sole activity and not just as background noise to something more distracting
Summary: Surely no better deck available in this price range?!
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