Gadget of the Day – Pro-Ject Debut USB turntable

USB turntables haven't exactly set the world alight but Pro-Ject's hoping to change all that with a USB version of its Debut vinyl spinner.As with the

USB turntables haven't exactly set the world alight but Pro-Ject's hoping to change all that with a USB version of its Debut vinyl spinner.As with the rest of the Debut range, it gets a solid-steel platter with a downy felt mat and its chrome-plated stainless-steel axle floats on shiny ball bearings in a solid brass housing. But alongside the usual hi-fi connections is a USB port, running from the built-in digitiser, that'll spit out digital audio direct to your PC for easy MP3 conversion.Other touches include a decoupled motor to cut out bad vibrations and a headshell and armtube hewn from a single lump of aluminium – pointing to the Debut's quality build.It does come with an audiophile price tag, but if £210 is scaring the moths back into your wallet then don't fret because a budget 'Genie' USB model is also on the way, based on the very sexy barebones RPM range and costing a measly £125. Rude not, to really.Essentials Pro-Ject Debut, Genie Price: £210, £125 On sale: Now, TBA Contact: Pro-Ject Audio Systems Related stories: STUFF ESSENTIALS – Father’s Day gadgets Clearaudio turntable aims to please with Performance Reviewed: Fatman iTube Carbon edition