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With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..

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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

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.

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Connection Features
Onboard Phono Stage
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
USB Output
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. Output may only be compatible with PC or Mac.
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
Eco Friendly
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
General Features
Pitch Control
Is pitch control included? Adjusts the pitch of the music - usually by around +/- 9%
The type of operation. Auto turntables start/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
Direct Drive
Does it feature a Direct Drive system?
Belt Drive
Does it feature a Belt Drive system?
Award Winning Turntable
Cartridge Included?
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.
Acrylic Platter
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.
General Features
Replacement Stylus Code
Replacement stylus code - required for ordering a new stylus for the cartridge.
Stylus 5E
PROJECT ESSENTIAL 2 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 101.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Value I chose the Pro-Ject Essential 2 as I am now retired and on a budget. The deck sounds wonderful considering the price. It feels a bit lightweight but looks the part, sleek and built to a high standard. It is obvious from the sound quality that a lot of the money has gone into the main bearing and the arm and cartridge combination. This is a fully manual deck, so, no niceties like auto return and you have to move the drive belt to change speed. Which brings me to my one wing. The drive belt is easy to dislodge removing a disc. If there was a groove around the platter for the drive belt to sit in the problem would be solved, but that would add to the cost. However, practice makes perfect and you soon get used to changing records without touching the belt. Overall a brilliant sounding turntable for the money. Well done Pro-Ject
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent turntable for newbies to vinyl Good turntable but a bit on the light and flimsy side. Great for the price.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is turntable is utter rubbish. The bear runs around the edge of the turntable, whenever a record is removed from the turntable the belt comes of. Design is woefully amateur.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and sound After searching for hours about something I knew nothing about I found this little beauty. I read all the reviews and it sounded perfect for what I wanted. I knew nothing about record players so the reviews really helped. The price for this is nothing considering the quality you get. I would highly recommend it. The only thing i was unsure about was what I had to buy alongside it. In the end I bought a preamp and cables to hook it up to my existing speakers on my hifi system, works perfectly!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Deck at Superb Price I was bought this as a birthday present around 3 years ago. Had no problem setting up, but then I am used to vinyl decks, having owned several over the years, and worked in hi-fi shops as a kid. My only complaint is that, being quite lightweight, it does slip around, but a bit of blu-tack carefully applied to the feet helps a lot. The exposed belt is a bit tricky when you first use it, but you get used to that, part of the the trick is never to put on or take off a record with the turntable moving! My favourite thing about this deck though, is the arm, which sails effortlessly into the end of a side with no break-up at all, no tracking problems whatsoever, even on some horrible cuts (last minute of "South Side of the Sky" by Yes from "Fragile", for example, which sounds grisly on 99% of decks). Negligible wow and flutter, minimal motor noise, and bang on 33.3 rpm, unlike my last Thorens, which did 34+, and offended my somewhat perfect pitch no end. Great deck.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stylish, cheap, great sound An excellent turntable, aesthetically beautiful and modern, professional sound. However, the exposed belt can often fall of when chaging the record, which can be very troublesome putting back on, especially at a party. I do wonder if the exposed belt was done for aesthetic purposes or cheapness. Either way, if they have cut corners to lower the price, they have not done so by reducing the quality of the sound. At this price, i would recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First turntable for nearly 20 years Ok so I decided I needed a turntable after selling off my Q Deck and Thorens tables when vinyl died....mistake. In short why buy an unknown quantity second hand when at this price point you can have an excellent turntable? Ok so build quality is not the best but then it's not the thick end of £500. It's now coupled with my ageing Cyrus amp (as it has a phono stage) and to be brutal it's a great piece of kit. Some care in setting up needed but nothing too difficult. Perhaps a little noisy electrically from the interconnect (static earth hum) but unless you've got it up loud it's not a bother The included Ortofon cartridge is also good at this price level Certainly would give my Thorens a run out for the money musically. Embarrassingly I can hear parts of the music I've not heard previous. Don't doubt this deck at this price. You could do much much worse.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Efficient, quality on a budget This little beauty does exactly what its supposed to do; delivering clean punchy sound at a bargain price.
Date published: 2016-12-03
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