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Project Essential II Turntable - Matte Black
- 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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From the manufacturer
Simple Operation, and Stunning Sound Quality
Buying a new turntable can be confusing. From retro 'close-and-play' all in one models, to plastic DJ-style decks loaded with features, there are lots to choose from.
Fortunately, there's a simple, fantastic sounding solution with all the features you'll use, and all the performance you've been looking for. The Pro-Ject Essential II.
What makes the Essential II special?
A Real Tonearm
The Essential II's 8.6 inch aluminum tonearm features a high-precision bearing, and is adjustable to accommodate a wide range of cartridges.
User Replaceable Cartridge
The Essential II comes with an excellent Ortofon OM5E pre-installed, but is compatible with almost any modern cartridge on the market today.
Simple, Reliable Speed Change
Essential II makes changing speeds simple and reliable. No complex technical systems with plastic gears, simply move the belt!
Performance Upgrades Available
For even better speed stability and more powerful bass response, you can hot rod your Essential II with our Acryl-It platter upgrade.
|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|
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
The set up was easy. It took me and my five-year-old son 15 minutes to get it up and running with a bit of help from YouTube. My only gripe is that changing the belt from 33 to 45rpm is a bit fiddly.
In terms of the sound and the design (It looks great!), I'm very pleased indeed.
We wanted a turntable because all of our friends had them, so like, peer pressure. Sure, we have Spotify, but there's something more eventful about putting a record on. You don't just skip tracks or create playlists, you have to listen to the album as it was intended, start to finish. Maybe we're a couple of hipsters, but there's also something very homey about that faint static you hear every so often. So once we decided to get one, it had to be the most beautiful turntable on the market that was less than $300.
It was a little tricky to set up, as I'm not very familiar with turntables and the directions were almost entirely text-based (I'm used to the opposite in IKEA manuals). I didn't think to check YouTube until I was almost done. Unfortunately the video didn't answer all my questions, but it seems to have worked out alright.
Anyway we also ordered one of the cheap preamps that apparently you're supposed to with certain turntables, hooked it up to our sound bar and it actually worked! Then I started dusting the cover off with my hand and it must have created some weird static charge that sucked the needle up. Or maybe my needle balance was a little off. Either way, don't dust the cover off with your bare hand while it's playing! This is the sort of thing I feel like my dad should have taught me when I became a man...
Update: it turns out you're not supposed to close the dust cover when playing a record. Something about static buildup...