Debut Carbon (DC) Setup Guide
The new Debut Carbon (DC) was designed to set new standards for the coming decade. A new speed control, coupled with an increase in platter weight, result in a more precise rotation. The carbon fiber tonearm tube, normally reserved for much more expensive tonearms, greatly increases rigidity while reducing resonance. Set up is very simple if you follow our steps. Once you understand how to balance the arm and set up anti-skating, your vinyl will sound better than ever!
Part 1: Preparing Where You Will Place Your Turntable
1. Place your turntable on a stable, level surface. It is important for the platform to be level so the turntable will properly track your records. Try to avoid placing the turntable in front of your speakers or on the same surface your speakers are sitting on if they have the ability to reproduce deep bass tones.
2. Take the included belt and carefully stretch it around the inner platter and then the top notch of the motor pulley. The belt will center itself once you run the turntable.
Note: The bottom pulley is for a 45s belt. This can be moved by simply stretching the belt down.
3. Place the platter straight down over the center spindle. It should rest flat.
4. Place the mat straight down on top of the platter. It should rest right at the edges of the platter. You are now finished setting up the base of your turntable.
Part 2: Setting Your Tracking Force/Anti-Skate
1. Locate the small, red piece of plastic on the end of the cartridge. This is the stylus guard. Remove it by pulling it straight down. You may want to save this piece to reattach should you need to transport your turntable. Be careful when you do this as your stylus is a fragile instrument.
2. Make sure the arm is in the locked position and then push the counterweight onto the back of the tonearm. The numbers on the dial should be facing the front of the tonearm. Turn the whole weight until its towards the middle of the rod.
Place the tonearm back in its rest and push the arm cue lever down.
3. Place the tonearm over the mat while holding the front of the tonearm with one hand. You are now trying to achieve zero tracking force by turning the weight towards the front or the back which ever is needed. You will have success when the tonearm is just floating above the mat.
4. After you get the arm to float hold the back while you turn the front of the counterweight counterclockwise until 0 is at the center, top of the dial.
Then, turn the counterweight counterclockwise so that both the front and back of the gauge move together. Set the gauge for 15 plus three hash lines. This equals the recommended tracking force of 1.8 grams.
5. Find the small anti-skate weight. Its a tiny little weight with a small piece of mono filament.
6. Locate the anti-skate rod at the back of the turntable. Loop the mono filament around the center notch. You will see a notch above and a notch below.
7. Loop the other end of the mono filament through the standing hook so that the attached weight hangs freely.
2. Unscrew the center screw with the + sign located over it. Fit the ground lug over the screw and turn until it is tight.
3. Locate the RCA cable. Plug the red striped cable into the right plug (its red and has the “R”) and plug the white striped cable into the left plug. The other end of your RCA cable plugs into the phono input of your receiver, amplifier, or phono stage. There should be a ground post on your receiver, amp, or phono stage, the ground wire should connect there.
2. Move the cueing lever up and place the stylus over the outer record groove. Lower the cueing lever down to drop the stylus onto your record.
When the record ends, you will need to lift up the cueing lever, return the arm to its rest, and switch off the motor. Or better yet, play another record!
Should you ever need to transport your turntable more than across the room, its a good idea to remove the platter and lock the tonearm down with a twisty tie. You might also consider placing the stylus guard back on.