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Beginner Vinyl with Pro-Ject, Ortofon & Hegel

A review of the Pro-Ject Debut Pro & Hegel V10 Phono Stage

I never got round to trying vinyl on this channel, so this is my first experience and it got me on a mini vinyl spending spree. For all the disadvantages of the vinyl playback chain there are still big reasons to get into it – the resurgence of Vinyl and content available, the nostalgic value of vinyl and the tonality and quality of this playback medium.

Whilst it doesn’t normally fit my personal way of listening to audio – I am a product of the digital media generation, I get why these products are popular and it is far from just about me in regard to which products get rated. One has to look to others and put myself in their position.

In part one I tackle all the concepts that a newb vinyl person would need to know, different cartridges – MC, and MM, with reference to the Pro-Ject Debut Pro, and Hegel V10. What settings you need to set on your phono stage, where it sits in the playback chain and how to set up a fairly typical turntable.

Specifications : Hegel V10 Phono stage

  • Amplifier Typology: Ultra low noise discrete JFET transistor input stage for both MC and MM
  • Gain XLR Out MM: 40dB / 45dB / 50dB / 52dB
  • Gain XLR Out MC: 60dB / 65dB / 70dB / 72dB
  • Gain RCA Out MM: 34dB / 39dB / 44dB / 46dB
  • Gain RCA Out MC: 54dB / 59dB / 64dB / 66dB
  • MC Load Impedance: Freely adjustable between 33 and 550 ohm / 47 kohm
  • MM Load Capacitance: 100pF / 147pF / 220pF / 247pF / 320pF / 420pF / 467pF @ 47 kohm
  • Subsonic Filter: Switchable on / off, -3dB at 20Hz, -18dB octave
  • RIAA Accuracy: +/- 0,2dB / 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Output Noise*: -84dB/MM (“A” weighted ref: 0dBV), -81dB/MC (“A” weighted ref: 0dBV)
  • Output Impedance XLR / RCA: 200 ohm
  • Channel Crosstalk: -84dB @1kHz 0dBV
  • Frequency Response: 2Hz – 20kHz
  • Distortion (THD) MM: < 0.005% @1kHz 0dBV
  • Distortion (THD) MC: < 0.009% @1kHz 0dBV
  • Inputs: 1 x unbalanced (RCA) MM, 1 x unbalanced (RCA) MC
  • Outputs: 1 x unbalanced fixed (RCA), 1 x balanced fixed (XLR)
  • Power Adapter: Hegel Power Adapter M30103
  • Dimensions with Feet: 6cm x 21cm x 28cm, 2.4″ x 8,3″ x 11″ (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2,2kg / 4,9lbs unit weight
  • * When stable operating temperature has been reached

Part 2 – My experience of MC Cartridges (Ortofon Quintet Blue)

In part 2 my interest is piqued in terms of how does a MC cartridge benefit the Hegel V10 phono stage and listening experience – follow it from the video below;

Specifications : Pro-Ject Debut Pro Turntable

  • Speed : 33, 45/(78) (electronic speed change)
  • Drive principle: belt drive with electronic speed control
  • Platter: 300mm, die cast aluminium platter with TPE damping and felt mat
  • Platter bearing: high precision stainless steel axle in bronze bushing
  • Wow & flutter: 33: +/-0,16%; 45: +/-0,14%
  • Speed drift: 33: +/-0,40%; 45: +/-0,50%
  • Signal to noise: 68dB
  • Tonearm: 8,6” one-piece carbon-aluminium tonearm
  • Effective arm length/mass: 218,5 mm / 10,0 g
  • Overhang: 18,5mm
  • Included accessories: 15V DC / 0,8A power supply, dust cover, 78 RPM round belt, 7‘‘ single adapter
  • Power consumption: 4W / 0W standby
  • Dimensions: 415 x 113 x 320mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 6kg net

Written by Simon Price

I'm music lover who shares experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in an ENGAGING way with HIGH VIDEO PRODUCTION VALUES. I enjoy and make reviews as I love audio gadgets, being a voice on audio and producing creative videos that ultimately benefit the industry and new participation. I keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio serves music and music is inclusive and to be enjoyed by all!

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