• Pro-Ject: Essential II Turntable - White

Pro-Ject
Essential II Turntable - White

↳ entry-level audiophile deck

White 2 Left! $299.00
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LAB POINTS

  • Pro-Ject's base turntable; better than most turntables at this price range
  • includes Ortofon OM5e cartridge
  • belt drive motor

ESSENTIAL II vs. ORIGINAL ESSENTIAL

  • new quieter, smoother motor
  • new tonearm design (no longer unipivot): more robust, easier to maintain
  • upgraded cartridge from Ortofon OM3e to OM5e

LAB REVIEW

The Essential 2 is a pared-down version of the bestselling Debut Carbon. Featuring a much lower-price point, the Essential remains a solid listening turntable boasting excellent sound and sleek, minimalist design. When selecting between the Essential and $100-300 plastic turntables, the Essential is still the obvious pick.

KEY FEATURES

  • low vibration synchronous motor
  • 8.6" aluminum tone-arm
  • manual, belt drive operation
  • platter made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard, a very dense engineered wood material)
  • base made of stiff particle board

TECH SPECS

  • belt drive turntable, manual operation
  • power supply: 110/120 or 230/240 Volt - 50 or 60 Hz
  • dimensions: 420 x 112 x 330 mm / 16.54 x 4.41 x 12.99 inches
  • weight: 4 kg / 8.82 lbs

COMES WITH

  • premounted Ortofon OM5e cartridge
  • felt platter mat
  • dustcover

APPENDIX: ESSENTIAL vs. DEBUT CARBON

  • Carbon has upgraded cartridge, tonearm, and drive mechanisms
  • Carbon has an upgraded, heavier platter and base.

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