Pro-Ject Essential II Turntable Demo

projects essential to turntable is an
updated version of their very popular
essential model while the original
essential was already a beautiful
turntable boasting excellent build
quality and sound they’ve upgraded the
essential tool with a new more robust
tone arm design and upgraded the
cartridge from an order phone om 3e to
the OM 5e cartridge inside the box you
get the turntable base one slip mat one
drive belt two counterweight a 45
adapter and she’ll weight a cartridge
alignment protractor an allen wrench the
antis gateway the power adapter and the
dust cover which is not shown before
getting started it’s important to note
turntables are delicate and we recommend
using the utmost care while assembling
them place the box on a solid flat
surface and make sure not to throw
anything away just yet there could be
crucial accessories hidden inside the
place the turntable on a level surface
and we will begin by removing the
cardboard insert between the body and
the platter this is installed to ensure
there is no movement while being shipped
simply grab it from both corners and
slide it towards the front of the
turntable next we will apply the drive
belt this can be a little tricky but
just take your time and be sure not to
stretch the belt too much we recommend
starting from the pulley on the top left
corner and with two hands anchor the
belt on one side of the platter
while the other slowly fits the rest of
the belt around one of the greatest
features on the essential two is the
exposed pulley system allowing a quick
change of speed by moving the belt from
top to bottom
or 33 to 45 rpms you can go ahead and
place the slip mat onto the platter now
as well up next we will apply the
tonearm counterweight face the dial side
towards the front of the turntable and
with a gentle twisting motion apply the
counterweight to the back of the tonearm
assembly for further details on how to
properly calibrate the counterweight
please refer to the user manual
while we’re at it you should not place
the anti scale weight on the tonearm as
well please note the three notches on
the back of the tonearm
depending on the weight of the cartridge
each notch applies to this and again to
properly calibrate refer to the user
manual for further detailed instructions
and finally we will place a dust cover
onto the turntable by aligning the
hinges with the slots on the dust cover
and gently push down until it’s
stunningly fit projects essential to
turntable is the obvious choice for
those wanting to break into the
audiophile world and keep to their
budget it comes at black white and red
and is available at turntable app comm

Pro-Ject Essential II Turntable Specs

Drive MethodSilicone belt-drive system
Wow and Flutter33 rpm: 0.29%
45 rpm: 0.27%
MotorDC motor
Signal to Noise Ratio65 dB
Rotation Speed33 rpm
45 rpm
Speed Drift33 rpm: 0.80%
45 rpm: 0.70%
Turntable Platter11.8″ (300 mm) particle board with 1.8 lb (0.8 kg) felt mat
BearingStainless steel
Output1 x Gold-plated stereo RCA cable
Effective Arm Length8.6″ (218.5 mm)
Arm Weight0.3 oz (8 g)
Counterweight0.1 to 0.2 oz (3 to 5.5 g)
Overhang0.9″ (22 mm)
Tracking Force0 to 25 mN (OM5 18 mN recommended)
Cartridge TypeMM-type Ortofon OM 5E
Frequency Range20 Hz to 25 kHz
Channel Separation22 dB / 1 kHz
Output Voltage4 mV
Recommended Load Impedance47 kOhms/amplifier connection – MM-input
Stylus Type20 µm/mN – elliptical
Tracking ForceRecommended: 17.5 mN
Weight0.2 oz (5 g)
Power Requirements15 VDC, 500 mA
Power Consumption4.5 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)16.5 x 4.4 x 13″ (420 x 112 x 330 mm)
Weight8.8 lb (4 kg)

Pro-Ject Essential II Turntables

The Pro-Ject Essential II turntable has a solid, built-in pre-amp that is also a silent-running, automatic turntable. The Pro-Ject Essential II Turntables features a tonearm with two speeds – one speed is dedicated to the high frequencies and the other for the lower ones. The tonearm of this unit is designed in such a way that it utilizes the built-in spring loaded mechanism for smooth operation. The front face of the unit features a variable-attenuating tone knob and a light that illuminate the inner compartment. The built-in noise reduction technology ensures that the resonance of the high frequencies is maintained while allowing the low frequency to be amplified.

The Pro-Ject Essential II Turntable uses a silver-plated tonearm with an aluminum die-cast frame that is complimented by a stainless steel tonearm and a gold-plated rotary control bearing. The tonearm, along with the bearing, are fitted with Kevlar low-frequency rubber pads. The front of the unit features a variable-attenuating tone knob and also a light that illuminates the inner compartment. The unit also features a large, pre-load Tune-Bank that contains thousands of song samples.

The Pro-Ject Essential II Turntable has a very rich and robust sound with smooth operation and easy operation. One of the main characteristics of this unit is its rugged construction that makes it suitable for both the professional DJ as well as the casual DJ. A silver-plated tonearm allows the device to run at a higher speed compared to other types of turntables on the market. Its die-cast tonearm is ideal for preventing dirt and dust from getting to the main platen bearing. Its single-sided deck has the ability to be easily changed, making it a popular choice for beginners who want to add another deck to their basic mixer.

The Pro-Ject Essential II turntable also comes with an exclusive built in sound card, known as ‘Echo Creek’. It incorporates Echoplex technology that optimizes signals for maximum performance. The onboard software is fully optimized for best performance with most modern digital music formats. There are also Pro-Ject Essential II USB MIDI controllers for users that need MIDI connectivity but do not have a computer that can support the necessary software. This makes the Essential I am perfect starter turntable for both new and experienced DJs.

The sound quality on the Essential II is above average for this price range. Its tone control knobs are well laid out and the ortofon still possesses that signature Posh vibe, although it lacks some of the deeper bass that the original Essential II offered. The sound quality on the Pro-Ject Essential II am very clear with excellent clarity. The built in sound card allows you to import any MP3 format that the machine accepts. If you are looking to expand your DJing skills, then the Essential I is perfect for that.

In addition to its excellent build quality and sound, the Pro-Ject Essential II also features a built in LED display. It is easy to read and maintain. The belt and deck knobs make adjustments easy to do, and the platters are also very smooth in motion. The ortofon employs two aluminum bars that are connected along a center shaft for extra stability. The deck is designed to accept almost any type of deck found on a turntable. In addition to all of these pluses, the Pro-Ject Essential II turntable also offers a convenient carry case and a warranty.

Last update on 2021-07-30 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.