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Belt-driven turntables traditionally feature one or more motors spinning at a constant rate, connected to the platter with a rubber belt. They have very low vibration, ideal for Hi-Fi.
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"This UK-only special improves on an already talented original. The attractive and versatile Debut SE3 is a fine buy." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine.
A classic, now better than ever Designed specifically for the UK market, the S/E3 version of the Debut comes with a larger and more stable platter. This provides a more solid bass response with added weight. Improved motor dampening gives better isolation, while in terms of sound quality, isolating the motor means less background noise and a more dynamic and revealing sound.
Superbly engineered The rigid plinth with anti-vibration feet is ideal in providing a similarly taut sound quality. The motor is decoupled to further reduce vibration and, using a brass bearing housing and stainless steel axle, the platter hub is superbly engineered and built to close tolerances for fine sound and longevity. The Project 8.6s tone-arm now features a one-piece design for improved rigidity around the headshell area. This means that less detail is lost and more information can be heard.
Improved styling too With its new gloss black plinth, the Debut S/E3 looks far classier than before. Combined with its high quality engineering, this Pro-Ject turntable really does give the impression that it comes from the class above.
If it's quality vinyl playback you're after, without the gimmicks, then there's simply none better than the Pro-Ject Debut S/E3.
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
Does it have a USB output? This allows the turntable to be plugged directly into a computer - allowing for easy copying from vinyl to the computer's hard drive. Output may only be compatible with PC or Mac.
Eco Friendly Features
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
Is pitch control included? Adjusts the pitch of the music - usually by around +/- 9%
The type of operation. Auto turntables start/stop the record, lift the arm and return it to rest. Semi-Auto perform a proportion of these functions.
Size of unit (W x D x H) in mm
415 x 320 x 118
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Does it feature a Direct Drive system?
Does it feature a Belt Drive system?
Whether or not a cartridge is included. MM = Moving Magnet, MC = Moving Coil.
Yes - MM
Carbon Fibre Tonearm
Does the deck come supplied with a carbon fibre tonearm? Generally stiffer than equivalent metal ones, a carbon fibre tonearm usually enhances the sound quality.
Does the deck come supplied with an acrylic platter? Generally more expensive to produce than a metal one but often preferred for their sound quality.
Replacement Stylus Code
Replacement stylus code - required for ordering a new stylus for the cartridge.
PROJECT DEBUT SE3 is rated
4.7 out of
Rated 5 out of
Prepare to be amazedThis budget turntable could rightly be considered to be a bit long-in-the-tooth these days, but there's a reason why it's still going strong....it's because it's so good! I upgraded to the Debut 3SE from an Elemental. I wasn't really expecting much improvement - I bought the Debut because it can be modified to play 78rpm records which the Elemental can't - but I've been blown away by the improvement in sound quality with regular LPs. The Debut is totally silent - no motor noise at all, not even through the cartridge - and the level of detail is just incredible. With a quality LP the sound is approaching that I get from my Audiolab CD stack at many times the price. This deck shows what vinyl is really capable of.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of
Turntable purchaseExceptional service from Kevin. We went in the day before looking for an entry level vinyl turntable and received exceptional advice. Kevin was extremely patient and listened attentively to our needs before making a range of recommendations. This morning, we returned to listen to a variety of combinations that he set up especially for us and made our final decision based on what we heard. Kevin is clearly very knowledgeable and we felt confidence in the advice he gave. We would recommend anybody in need of guidance to shop in Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of
WowIt took a while to set up my project turntable as the instructions aren't very easy easy to follow. Watched the YouTube video even then it took a couple of attempts to set it up perfectly. But once I did, the sound was absolutely fantastic and clearly better than CD sound quality.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of
Excellent turntableThis turntable is a remarkable piece of kit and exceeds in every aspect of what a good turntable should be. Although it is my first turntable, I have seen and used others and this is vastly superior. It is a very sleek looking turntable which sounds incredible and is very intuitive. Once you get it correctly set up you will have no issues what so ever with it.
However I did not realise it didn't have a preamp built into it as is standard with majority of turntables, and although this is simply my mistake, I do believe it would make a fine addition to an already wonderful turntable.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of
Incredible TurntableAs a newcomer to the vinyl format, I'm no expert on turntables. However I can say that this is a brilliantly crafted machine.
The design is minimal but superb. The build quality is exceptional; very solid, very durable. It looks great and is easy to use. The sound is phenomenal, great quality and no background hums or noises.
All in all, an excellent purchase!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of
Great PerformanceThis replaced my Aiwa P860 turntable I bought 10 years ago just to listen to some old vinyl. Played through my Denon amp/Mission speakers from 25 years ago my albums sound way better than I remember. The Aiwa turntable is exactly the same product as the low end Denon, Audio Technika and Marantz turntables that sell today for up 124, so for less than double that it's so worth it.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of
Super quality with incredible soundBought this from the Newcastle store. Brilliant advice from Chris and the other staff.
Instructions for setup are tricky but youtube videos are useful. Once you know how it is easy to setup.
The quality of the sound produced is just simply incredible.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of
Simplicity and sound quality - 5*I visited the Richer Sounds store in Birmingham on Boxing Day with two turntables on my shortlist: a Denon DP 300 and this Project. The Project was a little more expensive, but was considerably reduced due to being an open-box item, putting it in the same league as the Denon. I spoke to Ben who explained the difference between the two: while the Denon has buttons to easily change speed, and the arm is fully automatic, the Project has been designed for optimum sound quality, so has a short signal path with no "convenience" circuitry: to change the speed you remove the platter and move the drive belt (easy if you need to do it), and arm doesn't auto-return. As we play albums and sound quality was my priority I went for the Project.
The turntable looks fantastic and does sound amazing through my Cambridge AM10 and matching speakers. I'm hearing new things in music I've been listening to for years. Set up was somewhat fiddly, but I got there in the end. Highly recommended.
RRP = Recommended Retail Price. RRPs are based on information supplied by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine, manufacturers, Hi-Fi Choice, Home Cinema Choice, Google, Which? & Pricerunner. Further information is available on request.