Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO review: Audiophile features spin vinyl joy

How much do you really need to spend on a new turntable? As I’ve found from our reviews of record players from $100 to $1000, there are great products at every level — but like most things in life, paying more will give you more. If you can split the difference and spend around $500, some excellent designs exist out there to tempt any vinyl fan. One of my new favorites is the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO.

Like

  • Suberb features for the money
  • Sweet, even-handed sound
  • Solid build quality
  • Available in nine colors

Don’t Like

  • Unusual tonearm ergonomics
  • Sounds less exciting than the Fluance RT85

I compared the EVO to another turntable in this price range, the Fluance RT85. Both outdo cheaper models with solid build quality and step-up features, but in the end I preferred the Pro-Ject over the Fluance — it sounded more musical and felt more pleasing to use. The EVO combines excellent playback quality with a selection of extras that you won’t see even on some more-expensive players like the Rega Planar 3

The original Debut Carbon has enjoyed accolades ever since its appearance over ten years ago. The new EVO version ($500, £449

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Second stimulus check for coronavirus aid: Who could get it first and when it could come

Did you know? Different groups will get their stimulus checks at different times.


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The House of Representatives passed a new stimulus bill Thursday night and is now officially in recess. But that doesn’t mean the next stimulus package that grants another direct payment among other benefits is on hold. 

Despite the House’s official departure (it can reconvene any time to vote) and the shadow of President Donald Trump’s hospitalization as a result of COVID-19, discussions are very much moving ahead between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

If anything, Trump’s illness could underscore the importance of more monetary aid during the ongoing pandemic. “We will find the middle ground,” Pelosi said Friday on MSNBC.

If a new stimulus bill is passed that includes a new direct payment for those who qualify (including provisions for dependents), there are some groups who are likely to see it before others. 

Below, we’ve posited four different timelines for when the IRS may start sending out payments to different priority groups, with the understanding that a stimulus payment hasn’t yet been approved. Use CNET’s stimulus calculator for a specific estimate. We update this story often.

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