How much do you really need to spend on a new turntable? As I’ve found from our reviews of, 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.
- Suberb features for the money
- Sweet, even-handed sound
- Solid build quality
- Available in nine colors
- 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.
The originalhas enjoyed accolades ever since its appearance over ten years ago. The new EVO version ($500, £449