Product Comparison: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit Sb vs Rega Planar 2

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General Specifications
Debut Carbon Esprit Sb
Planar 2
About the Product
The most-wanted audiophile design turntable with carbon tonearm, 3 speeds and DC power supply!
The new Planar 2 was developed over the past two years alongside the recently released Planar 3. Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features. A new 24v, low noise motor, acrylic laminated plinth, newly designed central bearing and so much more. Every feature of this innovative new turntable is designed to extract the maximum amount of information and detail from your vinyl collection.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Belt drive
Belt drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit Sb
  • Replacing a Rega P1, very easy to set up, the sound quality is superb
  • The ability to select 33 1/3 or 45 rpm with the press of a button is much more convenient than the Carbon Debut model which requires removing the platter and moving the belt to change speeds.
  • It also comes with a belt and larger pulley is built in to play 78s
  • The platter without the belt had zero friction. The tone arm quality exceeded my expectations.
  • No, there is no hum, motor noise, buzzing or any other annoying audible defects that have plagued earlier Pro-Ject turntables or the entry level decks.
Size & Weight
4.65 in.
4.6 in.
16.34 in.
17.6 in.
12.6 in.
14.2 in.
12.4 lbs.
12 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit Sb
  • The build quality, construction, and finish are flawless with the Debut Carbon Esprit
  • The acrylic platter's other major goal is to eliminate static or electrical charge from records. It does. No startling electrical static shock.
  • All parts are well put together with no ill-fitting errors for motor, tonearm, sub-platter hub and bearing spindle, etc.
  • The carbon constructed tonearm on the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit is light, but rigid for less resonance and cleaner, detailed sound and bass over the regular aluminum arm.
  • The acrylic platter is excellently balanced and is of very substantial weight(no wobble or warpage whatsoever).
Record Sizes
7, 10, 12
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Magnetic cartridge 2M red from Ortofon
Rega Carbon cartridge
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit Sb
  • I'm loving my new turntable and and every day I look forward to listening to my records and immerse in the magic of the analogue sound.
  • The best turntable I've ever owned. I was using a DJ turntable before this, and I didn't realise I was sacrificing audio quality for the tricks you can do.
  • Sound quality is better in my opinion. Anyway I wholly recommend this deck.
  • When I plugged this into a pre-amp and speakers the quality of the sound completely blew me away - this is what I've been missing with vinyl.
  • It is a dream audiophile turntable and a joy to use and listen to.
Speed control switch, On/Off switch
Speed control switch
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Float glass ‘Optiwhite’
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Phono output
Stereo RCA audio out
TPE motor suspension, Built-in precision Speed Box, 300mm acrylic platter
Re-Designed feet, Motor cover tray - with integrated cooling, Optional lid / plinth protectors - supplied to prevent marks on the plinth and keep it looking its best
What customers say about "Features"
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit Sb
  • I have used and liked the Ortofon 2M red in a AR turntable but here is superb, lively but not over bright and retrieving a lot of detail I have not heard before.
  • As for the quality of the sound and performance, the red Ortofon 2m cartridge which comes pre-fitted to this turntable does not disappoint.
  • After about 30 mins to set up I tried a variety of vinyl and have to say I'm really impressed and glad I've made the swap.
  • No, there is no hum, motor noise, buzzing or any other annoying audible defects that have plagued earlier Pro-Ject turntables or the entry level decks.
  • Open, airy, detailed, awesome stereo imaging and immersive stage wideness and depth when compared to a Technics, JVC, and even some Denons I have owned
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
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