Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile turntable takes a bow

S is for S-Shape

by hodg100 Feb 20, 2018 at 8:42 AM

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    Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile turntable takes a bow
    Pro-Ject’s latest model in its Debut series of turntables 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, says Pro-Ject, 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.

    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 Debut Carbon model. Performance is improved to new levels; however, thanks to the specially developed aluminium/TPE isolation feet. Inspired by more expensive designs in the Pro-Ject range, the new feet are designed to 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. 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 features include the supplied Connect-IT E turntable-ready RCA cables and the included felt mat.

    The Debut III S Audiophile is priced at £325.00 (SRP)and available across the UK now.

    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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