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Project Essential II Turntable - Matte Black

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  • Essential II Matte Black Turntable with Ortofon OM 5E Cartridge Class–leading sound quality in an innovative turntable made for vinyl starters, the Pro–Ject Essential II features an ultra–quiet synchronous motor with a silicone belt that drives a low–resonance platter made from MDF. A DC powered motor control minimizes unwanted vibration and the main platter bearing consists of a stainless–steel spindle and a bronze bushing with a Teflon bottom. The main chassis is made of lightweight and sturdy particle board and features a straight 8.6" aluminum tone arm made from a single piece of aluminum with sapphire bearings, delivering a superior plug & play solution over previous models.
  • Essential II Matte Black Turntable with Ortofon OM 5E Cartridge A quiet–running synchronous motor with silicone belt is driving a low–resonance platter made from MDF. A new motor control with DC power supply minimzes unwanted vibration effectively. The main platter bearing consists of stainless steelspindle and bronze bushing with Teflon bottom to seccure low friction.
  • The main chassis is made from lightweight, but very stiff particle board. Essential II utilises a straight 8,6" aluminium tonearm design made from a single piece of aluminium with sapphire bearings, which offers a far better "plug & play" solution, than it's predecessor. Special feet effectively decouples the turntable from the surface.
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Essential II Essential II Phono USB Essential II Digital
Essential II Essential II Phono USB Essential II Digital
Which Essential II is right for you? Essential II Essential II Phono USB Essential II Digital
Adjustable 8.6" Aluminum Tonearm
Pre-Installed Cartridge Ortofon OM-5E Ortofon OM-5E Ortofon OM-5E
Built-In Phono Preamp No- Use "Phono" Input Yes Yes
Digital Audio Output No No Yes- 24 Bit/ 96 kHz Optical
USB Output for Recording to PC/MAC No Yes No
Available Finishes Matte Black, White, Red Matte Black, White, Red High Gloss Black, White, Red
Manufactured in Europe Yes Yes Yes

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Color:Black  |  Style:no USB

Essential II Matte Black Turntable with Ortofon OM 5E Cartridge Class–leading sound quality in an innovative turntable made for vinyl starters, the Pro–Ject Essential II features an ultra–quiet synchronous motor with a silicone belt that drives a low–resonance platter made from MDF. A DC powered motor control minimizes unwanted vibration and the main platter bearing consists of a stainless–steel spindle and a bronze bushing with a Teflon bottom. The main chassis is made of lightweight and sturdy particle board and features a straight 8.6" aluminum tone arm made from a single piece of aluminum with sapphire bearings, delivering a superior plug & play solution over previous models.


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Color:Black  |  Style:no USB

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 28, 2015
Style Name: no USBColor: Red Verified Purchase
Simply put, this is a fantastic turntable. I was a little worried that the set-up would be a little challenge since I am a relative novice to setting up turntables. It only took me about ten minutes after watching a brief instructional video on YouTube. I was a bit uncertain about getting the red version. However, I am quite happy with it now that I have it set up; it is not too bright and adds a bit of color to my otherwise dark stereo components. The sound I get from my expanding vinyl collection is 200% improved now that I am using this turntable instead of my decent but unexceptional Technics unit that I had been using previously. I highly recommend this turntable for someone on a budget who still wants to get the benefits of listening to music on vinyl. The only things I would suggest is purchasing a new turntable mat. The felt mat that comes with this sticks to nearly every record as I am taking it off the turntable. I went with a cork mat and could not be happier with the whole set-up. This is one of those few purchases that is well worth the cost I paid for it.
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Style Name: no USBColor: Black
I've had this a few weeks now, so I think I can safely comment. The sound seems decent, warm and clear. I'm using it in conjunction with an 'ART USB Phono Plus Project Series' Pre Amp, which I'm also very happy with. I am very positive about this turntable. It is a great starter audiophile turntable.

It does have a couple of problems. The supplied felt mat is garbage. I replaced with a quality one immediately. The anti skate weight is hung on by a bit of clear fishing thread, and is prone to fall off from time to time. The belt also has come off a couple of time (Never while playing). The turntable itself is a bit on the light weight side.

I actually looked at several turntables, and took advice from a 'proper' Hifi shop before I was bought. I'm confident this is the best deal at this price point for what you get.

So a few flaws, but in the end worth it.
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Style Name: no USBColor: Black Verified Purchase
A GREAT SOLID performer..

Pros: Sleek minimal design, no bells and whistles (hence the name Essential) silent motor, the om5e cartridge is ok (better than at95e imo) upgraded to a 2m red and it's a night and day difference! great packaging, nice sturdy dust cover, great performance, I also added the acrylic it E platter and sounds and visually appealing.

Cons: matte black is prone to finger prints, color options are limited (red, black and white), the anti-skate is "fishy" (standard on almost all project TT's), feet are decent but not top notch and the felt mat that comes standard with almost all project turntables is just crap. Do yourself a favor and get an acrylic platter, cork mat or leather mat.

Also as one reviewer mentioned the dust cover hitting the tone arm that is not an issue with mine it closes perfectly.

I wouldn't say this is a beginners turntable there's some important adjustments that need to be made in order for it to perform its best.

Overall I'd recommend this turntable over the Debut Carbon.....(which I returned) well Unless you want to shell out the extra cash for hum, noisy Motor, flash paint job and picking up the platter each time for speed change...which is the Debut Carbon then by all means go for it...100 less than the debut carbon, this essential II is all you need!
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Style Name: no USBColor: Red Verified Purchase
OK, I've given this about 100 hours to play in, so I feel confident writing a review. First, my set up: the Pro-ject runs into a Cambridge Audio Azur 651P phono preamp, which connects to a Yamaha A-S501, which drives Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2's.

Unboxing/First Impression - The unit is packed very well. It sure doesn't look like much, but it feels and looks very well built. The matte red finish looks fantastic. The only real disappointment, which I've read from several other reviewers as well, is the felt mat is really a bit of a letdown.

Setup - My first real TT setup. Mounting the belt may be a little easier with a second set of hands. Took me a handful of tries on my own, but I finally got it. The counterweight setup - if you read the directions carefully, it's pretty easy to follow. I had no issues there. The anti-skate weight was indeed tricky trying to find the loop in what is essentially thin fishing line with tired eyes. That took a few attempts as well, but no big deal once done. In all, set-up only took 10-15 minutes. The other thing I read was that you need to be careful in placement. I must have lucked out (it has a dedicated shelf in a solid wood entertainment center) because I don't have any motor noise, or any other interference whatsoever.

Sound - as the preamp was new as well, I expected there to be some play in time until everything sort of hit it's stride. To my surprise it sounded really great out of the box. Perhaps not very open or dynamic, but it sounded decent. However, after about 3-4 days it really came into it's own. I'm completely impressed. The soundstage is excellent, the low end is tight and punchy, the highs detailed and crisp, and the midrange feels like it goes on for days. The best way I can describe it is pure fun.
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