Pro-Ject Debut III — Clear sound with minimal setup

This low-budget vinyl record player has only the necessary set of instruments and controls. But solid construction and high quality sound are valuable purchases. The turntable has very low motor noise and is well grounded by rubber inclusions that separate the motor from the plinth. The turntable is well balanced and provides accurate sound quality with neutral sound quality when it comes to audio coloring. At the same time, the turntable plays the record in various colors and nuances.


The Pro-Ject Debut II specification shows that it is made of steel and metal. It will bring some resonance in the highs, but it is better to create a flat background for low tone sounds. The platter is nice to the touch and very nice to touch (looking at the record). The tonearm is a single piece of aluminum. There is an inverted steel point that ensures stability of movement.

There is no control on the front of the turntable. The start / stop switch is below and not too convenient.


Minimal design describes the minimum settings. All the important elements are already assembled and aligned, so the turntable can be used immediately. Since the supplied Ortofon cartridge is already installed, we have applied the counterweight and set the weight load and anti-skating function. The motor is protected from transportation damage by screws. To start the turntable you need to remove it. At that time, I put the record on the platter (smooth down on the felt), lead the tonearm to the record and turn on the start switch.


According to the Pro-Ject Debut III review, the turntable does not have a built-in preamplifier. Nevertheless, even on low budget amplifiers, they do not have many requirements and play well.

The cartridge is made of moving magnets and features a replaceable diamond stylus. The head shell is very heavy (about 5 grams) and corresponds to the pressure requirement of the needle (3.5 grams).

There are two speed options: 45 rpm and 33 ⅓ rpm. The player both proceed steadily and there are no skips or extra noise.


Pro-Ject Debut III is suitable for vinyl beginners who want to test the ground. It is inexpensive and reliable while maintaining an expensive rhythm track and fluid instrument configuration. It also features a high signal-to-noise ratio thanks to the motor placement and efficient vibration damping of the present invention. Rubberized siliconized parts provide additional protection from hum and interference.