Project ESSENTIAL 2 (Black)

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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, 2015 Awards

Genuine hi-fi turntable

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. The deck has a new motor control making it quieter and minimises unwanted vibrations. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 2 a remarkable precision of sound.

Single piece aluminium tone-arm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential II is supplied with a good quality tone-arm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's 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 tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Factory-fitted Ortofon cartridge
The final flourish to this 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. Its elliptical shaped stylus 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.

6 Year Guarantee included What you get

Full parts and labour cover
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
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it. Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

"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, 2015 Awards

Genuine hi-fi turntable

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. The deck has a new motor control making it quieter and minimises unwanted vibrations. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 2 a remarkable precision of sound.

Single piece aluminium tone-arm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential II is supplied with a good quality tone-arm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's 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 tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Factory-fitted Ortofon cartridge
The final flourish to this 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. Its elliptical shaped stylus 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.
More Information
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Yes - MM
Dimensions WxDxH 420 x 330 x 112
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 420 x 112 x 330
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 4.5
Replacement Stylus Code Stylus 5E
Speeds 33 / 45
USB Output No
Weight (KG) 4
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifts up vinyl quality Bought this as wanted better sound quality than was getting with my vintage turntable. Breeze to set up mostly, only fiddly bit was the anti skating weight, wire could do with being easier to see, its nearly invisible. Looks great and the sound is miles better. I can hear instruments on my vinyl i never knew were there before. Turntable comes with a felt mat but swapped it for a good cork one and that made it even better. The turntable is a bit on the light side, but at this money its a no-brainer. If you're looking to buy a great sounding turntable with no frills just great sound this is the one for you. PS carried it to the car for me which as a disabled customer was nice.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First turntable I have bought in 30 years A really excellent turntable with fantastic sound. Old records seems to have a new life. All in all a fantastic bit of kit. The only (minor) downside is that the external belt drive takes a bit of getting used to - the first few times I took off a record the belt came with it.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pro-ject 2 turntable This turntable is a must have for anyone on a low budget system the quality of build is very good and the sound is great. It has a little setting up to do before using the turntable but with the instructions provided or online videos it’s quite easy to do.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Customer Service I was so excited when I bought this deck. I had read all the reviews, some had niggles regarding the belt (slipping off or knocking off with fingers when changing records) but most were positive. So I set the deck up and settled down to listen to some vinyl. I played a 45 EP with no problem, then I played 1 side of a 33 and half way through the 2nd side of the 33 the belt slipped off, so i thought "oh there we go not sure how I feel about that" but when I went to refit the belt I noticed it had snapped. The belt just snapped!!!! This upset me greatly!!! I phoned the branch the very next morning (this morning (Saturday) at 10am) to be told they would call me back with a solution. They hadn't phoned back by Midday and spoke to a different member of staff who told me I would need to wait possibly untill Monday. I have to say I have found the service from Richersounds to be absolutely unsatisfactory. The 2nd guy I spoke to sounded like he couldn't care less. This isn't what I was expecting if I ever had a problem with products from Richersounds. I have spent quite a bit of money with them over the years. (4 AVRs, all my speakers, TV recorder, cables, brackets etc etc etc) I know it's not there fault that the belt failed but they have not offered to help in anyway, at all, nothing!!!!! Where is the customer service? When this is sorted out I think I'll be shopping else where from then on.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All the essentials The Pro-ject Essential Ii is a basic but well-engineered belt-drive turntable. The one-piece aluminium pickup arm is very well finished for the money, and the fitted Ortofon cartridge is also very good. The supplied felt mat is rather basic but serviceable. Also, stability could be improved with an additional extra (fourth) rubber foot. Overall, a very good, quality finish, and an enjoyable audio experience. Extremely good value at the price. 9/10
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality parts, quality product Part do the joy of this record player was setting it up. As the sales adviser wisely advised, check out videos on YouTube on how to set it up as the morning fiddly parts like the counter weight and anti-skating definitely needed a visual instruction; don't bother with the instruction booklet. A lot of record players these days are made to look impressive and vintage but have poor quality parts. This is not one of those. Note: this does not have built in pre-amp. I was able to plug directly into my 5.1 speakers but the sound produced was quiet - as I expected - so please factor in this additional cost when thinking about purchasing. I was able to get a quality pre-amp online for £20.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ridiculous Value A Turntable of this quality for £150. So pleased with it, also the service from Richer Sounds in Norwich was top notch.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value at this price point! The Project Essential 2 is everything you could possibly want from a budget turntable. Instead of adding unnecessary features, Project have focussed purely on what makes a great deck. The build and sound quality are excellent, giving you the sense that this is a high quality piece of kit. The only sacrifice you're making for this is that the drive belt hast to physically run around the platter. This normally isn't a problem, but it does require you to physically move the belt on the motor if you want to change between the two RPMs. I can also safely say that the belt never runs off the platter, something I was concerned about when considering this deck. Another thing to bare in mind is that the set-up process isn't particularly easy. The instruction manual doesn't help you much with guiding you through the counter-weight process. Thankfully though there are plenty of video tutorials online to help you with this.
Date published: 2018-01-24
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6 Year Guarantee included What you get

Full parts and labour cover
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
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it. Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details