Project ESSENTIAL 2 (Black)

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£179 RRP £209

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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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Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

"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.
More Information
Dimensions WxHxD 420 x 112 x 330
Power Consumption- Normal Use 4.5
Weight (KG) 4 KG
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genuinely impressed The deck is well packed, nicely made and very easy to set up. Didn't need my cartridge protractor as the deck comes with one - this showed the cartridge was perfectly aligned. I mounted and zeroed the balance weight, dialled-in the recommended 1.75 grams, and my balance showed it was pretty much spot-on. The anti-skate is a small weight on a fine nylon fibre which hangs over a bent wire and is slightly fiddly to fit. The nylon loop seems slightly large and you don't seem to be able to tighten it against the mounting; this is probably my only criticism as the nylon line is at quite an angle to its mounting when the arm is mounted in its cradle, and looks in danger of slipping off. It played my HFS test record with no drama - impressively even the highest mod test tone - with no noticeable harmonics or grittiness. Music sounds sweet and a pleasure to listen to. Stop reading this and go and buy one!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound for the price! My first "proper" turntable since the days when albums were called records. In the CD years I bought a cheap Aiwa deck for the increasingly infrequent playing of my old favourites. With the reemergence of heavier non warping vinyl, I decided to take the plunge again. The Essential 2 has been a revelation and impressive enough to make me wonder why I put up with the tinny CD sound for so long. It works a treat with my Arcam amp and KEF floorstanders and I'm thoroughly enjoying the warm sound and the opportunity the deck gives me to rifle through my teenage record collection and reacquaint myself with some old friends!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First turntable for vinyl newbie Read some good reviews on the turntable before I bought it, and the sale price made it a no brainier. Given very good advice in shop about the best quality set up whilst sticking to a budget. Even with average speakers and phono preamp it sounds amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's good to be able to play my lp collection after 20 years. I have only had this turntable a couple of days, nevertheless it seems to be a sound piece of kit. On the down side found it a bit of faff setting it up.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Project Essential 2 - A great no nonsense turntable Like so many, I wanted to dust down my old vinyl collection and needed a turntable. Had already decided on the Project and I have made the right purchase. This is a simple to use device without the frills of auto start/return etc. Easy to set up and easy to play. Many thanks to James at the Tunbridge Wells store for his excellent service, he is a credit to the firm. First tune played in anger on the project.....Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads......sounded great. The Ortofon cartridge adds some real shine. Wish I had done it sooner.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Entry Product Bought this turntable as part of a new hi-fi set up, predominantly to play my aging collection of vinyl, and am really pleased with it. Will no doubt be buying new vinyl now too.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, simple to use with great sound Setup was straight forward ,video guidance was useful to explain counterweight adjustment. It reproduces music with clarity and detail that was unexpected for a deck in this price bracket. A quality product for the money and looks good too. It breathes new life into old vinyl
Date published: 2017-06-06
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
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Free UK delivery

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Buy now, pay later 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

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

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

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