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If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it. No quibbles and no fuss. (Excludes projector bulbs)
Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
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"An excellent entry-level turntable that gets all the basics spot-on. It makes listening to records fun, and we can't ask for more than that." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine. Best turntable up to £400
A GENUINE HI-FI TURNTABLE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 2 has all the elements of a proper hi-fi turntable - just at a lower price. Starting with the deck itself, a new motor control makes the Essential 2 quieter and minimises unwanted vibrations. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 2 a precison of sound that's a class above.
SINGLE PIECE, ALUMINIUM TONEARM
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential II is supplied with a good quality tonearm. Unlike inferior plastic and steel versions, the Essential's tonearm is made from a single piece of aluminium, making it both light and rigid. The more rigid the more precisely it tracks, making listening to your records a more involving experience. For long-lasting quality, the tonearm is fitted with sapphire bearings.
FACTORY FITTED ORTOFON OM5E CARTRIDGE
The final flourish to this irresistible turntable is the inclusion of an Ortofon OM5e cartridge. Usually valued at over £50 on its own, it's a fantastic bonus to have this bundled in with the turntable. With its elliptical shaped stylus, it provides a balanced and distortion-free sound that's also kind to your records in terms of its low wear rate.
A DESIGN CLASSIC
In a classic case of form following function, the Project Essential 2 offers effortless style through its pared down minimalism. To emphasize the style statement, you can now order the Essential 2 in red or white as well as the more traditional black.
Essential in both name and nature, the Pro-Ject Essential 2 has everything you need to enjoy your records.
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
Does it have a USB output? This allows the turntable to be plugged directly into a computer - allowing for easy copying from vinyl to the computer's hard drive.
Eco Friendly Features
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
Is pitch control included? Adjusts the pitch of the music - usually by around +/- 9%
The type of drive system. Auto turntables stop the record, lift the arm and return it to rest. Semi-Auto perform a proportion of these functions.
Size of unit (W x D x H) in mm
420 x 330 x 112
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Does it feature a Direct Drive system?
Does it feature a Belt Drive system?
Award Winning Turntable
Whether or not a cartridge is included. MM = Moving Magnet, MC = Moving Coil.
Yes - MM
Carbon Fibre Tonearm
Does the deck come supplied with a carbon fibre tonearm? Generally stiffer than equivalent metal ones, a carbon fibre tonearm usually enhances the sound quality.
Does the deck come supplied with an acrylic platter? Generally more expensive to produce than a metal one but often preferred for their sound quality.
TSP = Typical Selling Price. TSPs are based on information supplied by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine, manufacturers, Hi-Fi Choice, Home Cinema Choice & Pricerunner. Further information is available on request.