Your first full system purchase is an important one. However, unless you’re Bill Gates, the Google dudes, or a Saudi prince, most of us are under considerable budgetary constraints, so finding the right combination of components at the right price can be difficult. Not anymore. Introducing Vinyl Revival’s Premier Package: the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC turntable including the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, Rotel A10 integrated amplifier, and Polk Audio S20 bookshelf speakers.
Pro-Ject’s Debut Carbon is the leading turntable in its class, the A10 has a dedicated preamp phono stage (eliminating the need to purchase one separately) and is specifically designed to get the most out of your analogue music, and the Polk S20’s offer sophomore sound quality at a freshman price. This is elegant design meets superior sound and an enviable system by any standard.
What's the big deal about a 2M Red Cartridge??
The biggest contributor to better sound quality is your stylus (needle). Higher quality styli track the grooves of the record with greater accuracy and pick more information from it, in turn offering better dynamic range. And what all that means – in plain English, of course – is you get sweeter and sweeter tunes with better and better needles, so don’t be expecting no wonders from a cheapy.
Now, if you wrap your smackers ‘round Pro-Ject’s DC Debut Carbon turntable with the Ortofon 2M Red you’ll notice it’s a hundred and ninety bucks worth of stylus upgrade for a fraction of the price. Yup, we’re just throwing away money here. But, wait, because there’s a good reason for this. Sure, you can get a Debut Carbon with the stock styli and it’ll be really nice. And, sure, for a lot of first-timers really nice is, well, a really nice place to start
In a growing marketplace for quality entry-level turntables, few if any offer the design, features, and finish of Pro-ject’s DEBUT Carbon DC. Introduced in the nineties, Pro-ject’s DEBUT turntables were a revolution for the hi-fi industry. The broad acceptance of the Compact Disc had analogue music pegged as dead technology, but it was Pro-ject’s Debut series, the first affordable “mass-market” analogue product since the CD, that reinforced the definitive value of vinyl’s audio reproduction.
Well over a decade on and Pro-ject continue to fine-tune their DEBUT table with precision detail. Most notably, the present inclusion of a carbon fibre tonearm. Carbon tubes increase stiffness and decrease resonance, making them more responsive while at the same time less susceptible to resonant vibrations that cause distortion. Due to production costs, it’s normally the kind of material reserved for high-end tonearms on high-end tables. Not with Pro-ject. In addition to this is the increased platter size and weight for improved rotation and overall sound quality. Plus, thanks to its low noise AC motor and effective decoupling, the precision frequency DC-driven AC generator increases speed stability without increasing unwanted vibration. What all that means is that the motor, which is ultra quiet, is also suspended from the table's platter, further isolating your playback from unwanted vibrations that cause distortion. It also comes fitted with the Ortofon OM5E cartridge and is available in a whole stack of colours.
Entry-level is an interesting term because it often infers a sense of being budget or cheap. However, the Project DEBUT Carbon is anything but. This table is regarded as entry-level because it’s that first benchmark of quality audio reproduction, quality analogue audio. It’s that first taste of the real warmth vinyl music is so often touted to produce and the reason why so many are returning to records as their preferred choice of playback. The Project DEBUT Carbon DC is a serious table offering a serious listening experience and the perfect addition to any home hi-fi system.
The A10 is based on the classic Rotel Class AB analog integrated amplifier, designed for music lovers everywhere. The architecture of the A10 is a perfect match for turntables, with an MM phono input being available on all Rotel amplifier models. This efficiently designed amplifier is all about performance – processing audio entirely in the analog domain to provide hours of listening enjoyment.
If you are considering taking your first step into a true hi-fi system or are seeking a small, high quality audio system for another living space, you can’t do better than the A10 integrated amplifier. The A10 is all about maximum performance for the price. Its design strips away added features that increase the overall cost and can detract from your musical enjoyment.
Simple to operate and a pleasure to listen to, the A10 has connectivity for all your listening sources including an analogue media input (3.5mm mini-jack) for iOS devices or other media players, a CD input, a MM phono input in case your taste runs to classic LPs, a Tuner input to listen to your favourite radio stations and two auxiliary inputs for other analogue source devices.
Built to bring the big surround sound theatre and music experience into the comfort of your living room, the Polk Signature S20 bookshelf speaker continues in the Polk tradition of American HiFi. Featuring Hi-Res certification, a new Dynamic Balance designed acoustic array, precision cross-overs, an anti-diffraction grille, modern cabinet styling and exclusive Power Port bass enhancing technology, you get elevated sound for movies, TV and music in a totally re-imagined design. Polk—expect great sound.
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