Pro-Ject Essential II Phono USB vinyl turntable

Manual vinyl turntable with cartridge and MM and USB phono preamplifier - dust cover included

 

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Manufacturer : PRO-JECT

349,00 €

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For the past five years, the Pro-Ject Essential II USB vinyl turntable has been the Austrian brand’s answer to an entry-level model that has MM phono preamp and the capacity to convert your records into digital format using a digital USB output. With its musical and design qualities, it is very popular among music lovers and enthusiasts on a low budget. This vinyl turntable also provides a great high-quality alternative to competing models in its price range, which are often entirely made out of plastic.

 

But now the company has released the Essential MKII, complete with several upgrades. Actually, you will realise that it has little in common with its older sister. It has the same base and feet, platter and spindle/bearing. The AC synchronous motor has been replaced by a DC power supply. The platter is driven directly around the platter by a round silicone belt, without a sub-platter. The small unipivot arm has been replaced by a more traditional version. Fans will consider this tonearm as a tried and tested best buy. In fact, this 8.6" aluminium tonearm is none other than the one that was fitted to Pro-Ject's now discontinued Debut III. The cartridge is an Ortofon OM10, a safe bet for this range. It can however be upgraded over time. The cables are captive and specifically designed for Phono systems. These are not the basic low cost interconnects that often come with competitor products. It also comes with a dust cover. It is fitted with an RIAA preamplifier for moving magnet cartridges. To convert your records, just connect the analogue outputs to the line or Aux input on your amplifier and connect the USB output to your computer. This phono stage is very similar to the Record Box USB by Pro-Ject.

 

The listening experience has noticeably improved in terms of precision and consistency. The frequency response also seems wider than with the old Essential model.

And it would seem that the tonearm has something to do with it. We compared it to a Debut III and they have a similar sound quality. Maybe the Essential II is a bit more physical?! The quality of the digital conversions has also improved with this new version.

 

Yet another great product from the Austrian manufacturer at a low price that leaves little hope for potential competitors. Just can't recommend it enough!

 

CAUTION: THIS TURNTABLE MUST BE CONNECTED TO A HIGH INPUT (CD, AUX, TUNER, VIDEO ...) NOT TO A PHONO INPUT!

 

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Speeds: 33⅓, 45 RPM (manual change)

Drive principle: Silicone belt

Rotation accuracy: 33t/ 0.14%, 45t/0.25%

Wow & Flutter: 0.12%

Platter: MDF 300mm

Platter mat: black felt

Bearing: Stainless steel

Tonearm: 8.6"

Cartridge: Ortofon OM 10

Effective tonearm weight: 8g

Counterweight: for 3.g-5.5g cartridges

Built-in RIAA preamplifier: YES (MM)

Outputs: RCA + ground and USB

Power supply: DC

Dust cover: YES

Consumption: 7 watts

Dimensions: 420x112x330mm

Weight: 4.1kg

Customer reviews
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Customer reviews

5/5
11/15/2016

SUPER PRO.... MERCI

Bravo pour la réactivité, commande passée le dimanche et livrée le mardi matin.... qui ose dire que rien ne fonctionne en France.... Platine très bien emballée, très vite déballée également pour l'essai en rentrant à la maison. Installation relativement simple même si on sait que les réglages ont été fait avant l'expédition on se pose quand même des questions ..... enfin je me suis posé des questions! Mise en place d'une galette pares un raccordement ultra rapide à l'ampli et là MERCI, tout fonctionne nickel. Le"back to black" n'est pas une légende, quel plaisir de réentendre des sons chauds et profonds..... de longues soirées musicales en perspective. Pour finir je trouve la platine très belle, épurée et facile d'accès pour un novice comme moi. Je recommanderai votre site et bravo pour votre sérieux.

04/18/2016

PARFAIT... à tous niveaux!

Première chose: Le service client! Rien à dire, ils sont patients (j'ai posé beaucoup de question un peu stupides parfois et j'ai pris beaucoup de temps pour me décider car je n'y connaissais absolument rien en platines vinyles) sympatiques, très réactifs (j'ai toujours eu des réponses en moins d'une heure à mes mails, que ce soit en journée ou en soirée, parfois meme le dimanche soir!)
Après, la livraison irréprochable. J'ai été livrée le samedi matin qui a suivi ma commande du jeudi soir, le paquet était très protegé donc pas de risque que la platine ait été endommagée.
L'installation est relativement simple et rapide, lorsque l'on suit correctement les indications données c'est l'histoire d'une dizaine de minutes car elle est déjà montée ;)
Et pour finir, la platine correspond aux attentes et à la description donnée par le site! J'en suis ravie!
Bref, je recommande à tous les jeunes débutants de la platine vinyle qui n'y connaissent pas grand chose de se fier à MaPlatine, c'est ici que j'ai recu les meilleurs services et que j'ai pu trouver un produit qui correspond parfaitement à mes attentes!

06/01/2014

R.A.S

RAS si ce n’est : la rapidité d’envoi, la qualité de l’emballage, la qualité du produit, idéal pour redécouvrir ses vinyles. Parfait, à recommander sans hésitation.

11/07/2013

TOP !

C’est Parfait Platine bien reçu bien emballé, matos de qualité, je l ai testé sur la chaine Hifi c’est top, je vais enfin pouvoir profiter de ma collection de vinyles.

Merci ; ))

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Pro-Ject Essential II Phono USB vinyl turntable

Pro-Ject Essential II Phono USB vinyl turntable

Manual vinyl turntable with cartridge and MM and USB phono preamplifier - dust cover included

 

The maPlatine.com bonus: All of our vinyl turntables are set up and tested before delivery!

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