Pro-Ject Debut Pro vs Rega Planar 3: which mid-price turntable is better?

Rega’s Planar 3 has been our go-to mid-market turntable recommendation for more years than we care to remember. It was first introduced in the late 1970’s and has since been carefully developed over many generations to remain the defining product in its market sector.

Compare the current deck to the original and the two are remarkably similar, only the different tonearm catches our eye. But take a closer look and you’ll see that just about every aspect of the design has improved over the years. It’s certainly a slicker looking product than before, even if it remains essentially the same.

Pro-Ject’s Debut is also a long-running model, but not that long. It started as the company’s entry-level model in the late 1990s and has remained a firm budget recommendation of ours ever since. The huge commercial success of the design encouraged Pro-Ject to expand the line-up in all directions with a huge range of finishes and options, but it’s fair to say that the Debut Pro is the most ambitious version yet is. Taking the Debut far from its budget roots, the Pro is the first of its family to pose a serious challenge to Rega’s Planar 3.

Turntable System: Pro-Ject Debut Pro

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Pro-Ject Debut Pro Vs Rega Planar 3: At A Glance

  • Pro-Ject Debut Pro is the most advanced and most capable Debut deck we’ve reviewed
  • Rega Planar 3 comes with the Elys 2 cartridge and is still a strong proposition despite a hefty price hike
  • Both need careful placement and a good partner system to shine
  • Both turntables sound excellent for the money. The Pro-Ject Debut Pro is more accurate and clearer while the Rega Planar 3 has more elan

Pro-Ject Debut Pro Vs Rega Planar 3: price

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Pro

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Both contenders sit at a solid level above traditional budget offerings when it comes to performance and tech.

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