The Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB (Speed Box) has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables which conveniently support 33 rpm and 45 rpm records is increasing.
The Esprit's carbon tube for the tonearm increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. This material normally is extensively used in high end tonearms, but because of cost, was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The new belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with TPE motor decoupling, ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator for ultimate speed stability.
The SB in the model name stands for Speed Box, which means this table adds the Pro-ject Speed Box internally. This brings a perfomance benefit because the speed box spins the platter more evenly, and a convenience benefit because you have a speed control button on the plinth top.
Lastly, the Esprit comes standard with a Pro-ject Acryl-It platter which is an upgrade option on the standard Debut Carbon DC.