Brilliant Turntable for the old skool among us - use the vip code to get £10 off instore
The Pro-Ject Essential turntable is exactly that. A turntable that gives you the basics to play records, with no superfluous frills.
Compare the Essential with other turntables around this price and there's simply no comparison. Where rivals use thin, metal platters, plastic plinths and decidedly ordinary bearings, the Essential uses a solid MDF plinth, thick MDF platter and a well engineered bearing. Moving to the tonearm and, again, the Project Essential is leagues ahead of its rivals. A one-piece aluminium arm tube with under-slung counter weight and adjustable bias makes a mockery of the usual, non-adjustable tonearms standard on many turntables of this price. The icing on the cake is a good quality Ortofon OM3 cartridge that on its own is worth around £35.
So the Essential is built like a proper turntable, but does it sound like one? The answer is a resounding yes! Given its price, the Essential sounds superb and is the perfect first turntable or the ideal way back into playing a treasured vinyl collection. Next to its rivals, the Essential sounds crisp, clean and clear with a surprisingly powerful and deep bass response. If you thought that vinyl sounded thin, scratchy and inferior to CD then this might be the budget turntable to change your mind.
Finished in a tough, matte black paint, the Essential won't win any beauty prizes but it is certainly practical and durable. The standard lid adds further to the no-nonsense approach.
At Richer Sounds we really love this turntable and once you take a listen to it, we think you will too!