I'm Gab, based in Wollongong. We’ve whipped this page up to give you an easy way to learn about and buy a turntable.

Below you’ll find our whiz-bang product customiser, and after that, a deep-dive on your selected model.

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When we select a product at Instant Classic, we need to love it ourselves. But it also helps when industry audio critics agree.

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"It’s time for Evolution, according to Pro-Ject. Taking its most popular turntable design and altering almost every aspect, while at the same time increasing the price, is a dangerous game, but the Debut Carbon Evo is a triumph of calculated risk-taking that takes all the jeopardy out of buying your first deck."

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"It’s an old cliché, but sometimes spending a bit more money than you otherwise would is a good idea. If you’re upgrading from an entry-level turntable and are interested in a model that will last you for the rest of your record-spinning days, consider this new Pro-Ject model."

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"A self-assured sound with no nasties, allied to an easy-going yet engaging personality will win it many fans. Factor in the ease of set-up and use, and if you're in the market for great vinyl value, you simply must hear it."

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As for our wonderful customers (the most important people!), they've given the Debut Carbon Evo a rating of:

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I'm going to be blunt here: if you can afford the Debut Carbon Evo, you just have to get it. It combines everything Pro-Ject's learnt about turntable design. The generous sprinkling of advanced features get us something worth hundreds above its asking price... this is a serious improvement!

The turntable includes newly designed motor suspension. The motor inside a turntable always vibrates; that is naturally the case. As the cartridge and stylus are very sensitive parts, these vibrations will also be transferred to your speakers and can cause mechanical noise. That is why it is important to suspend and decouple the motor from the plinth.

The Debut Carbon Evo features the proven 8.6" one piece carbon tonearm design. In combination with the premium Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, the super stiff but lightweight tonearm delivers an insane sound quality with a convincing sound stage. The one-piece arm and headshell design prevents unwanted resonances and offers a solid physical bond to the cartridge.

The new platter, motor-suspension, speed control and height-adjustable feet are small details when taken individually but as a whole they add up and result in a new Debut that does not only sound better than before, but also looks and feels better and more impressive than any Debut ever did, by a long shot.

More details about the product

A turntable is known in stereo-land as a 'source'. CD players and streaming devices like phones are also sources. It's where the music hardware or software is read and passed into a system for amplification and vocalising. Because it's where everything starts, source components are the most important part of any audio system.

If your music is read inaccurately or with distortion at the start, the other components are going to be limited in what they can do to keep things sounding sweet, no matter how good they are. The Debut Carbon Evo is a truly, truly excellent source. Various generations of this model have been in sound systems for decades, and it's something that can stay with you as you build your system up in the years to come.

Here's what's unique and special about its construction:

  • One-piece carbon fibre tonearm - a super-light and stiff effect so the arm can dance across your records and pick up the finest details.
  • Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, with an RRP of $189 on its own. This is a real step up in audio pick-up capabilities, delivering an open and dynamic sound with the right amount of warmth.
  • Improved motor suspension, allowing the motor to float in space so it can spin at an even speed and not mess with the pitch of your music.
  • Three height-adjustable, metal feet dampened with technical rubber to absorb shocks from the environment.
  • 1.7kg heavy steel platter, also dampened with technical rubber on the inside. This is real materials engineering that achieves noiseless operation with an incredibly even spinning mechanism.
  • Electronic speed control switch to effortlessly move between 33, 45 and 78 RPM records.
  • Connect It E phono cable (with an RRP on its own of $99) comes as standard, just like with the Essential III.

What's in the box

  • Debut Carbon Evo turntable
  • Dust cover
  • Australian power cable
  • Tonearm counterweight
  • Turntable platter
  • Instruction manual
  • 2 x drive belts
  • Anti-skating weight
  • Connect It E phono RCA cable
  • Felt turntable mat

Nitty gritty (specs & dimensions)

  • Speed: 33/45/78
  • Drive principle: belt drive
  • Speed variance: 33: ±0.50% 45: ±0.60%
  • Wow and flutter: 33: ±0.17% 45: ±0.15%
  • Signal to noise: 68dB
  • Effective tonearm mass: 6.0g
  • Effective tonearm length: 8.6" (218.5 mm)
  • Overhang: 18.5 mm
  • Power consumption: 4 W/ 0 W in Stand-By
  • Outboard power supply: 15V / 0 – 0.8 mA DC (set at 0.5 mA), universal power supply
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 415 x 118 x 320 mm (lid closed)
  • Weight: 5.6 kg net

Any turntable needs to plug into an existing sound system or powered/Bluetooth speakers. If you don't have this gear, we've got a full system with turntable + amp and speakers, all for silly money!

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"Instant Classic are a rare example of beautiful, well-curated products, stellar service, and lots of heart."

That's from Rupert, one of our customers in Sydney. It might sound cliched, but we’ll do whatever it takes to make you happy.

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I reckon we've got Australia's best returns policy!

If you don't love your product, we'll take it back within the first 50 days - even if it’s been set up and used.

You'll get a full refund (or we’ll exchange it for something else, if that’s your preference) and there won’t be any postage to pay.

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What if you could buy audio gear while being nice to the planet?

In an industry-first, the carbon and plastic footprints of the products you order are automatically offset by Instant Classic. We call it Vinyl Neutral, and it doesn’t cost extra.

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Or you can click & collect from one of our partner record stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Perth.

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One of the reasons we started Instant Classic is to do away with bad customer service. We're not some big-ass business who doesn't care.

As an authorised Australian retailer, we'll give you a 2 year warranty. But you also get lifetime love.

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