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PROJECT ESSENTIAL Black Turntable - 129.95 or 119.95 with vip voucher - both good deals - Richer Sounds
PROJECT ESSENTIAL Black Turntable - 129.95 or 119.95 with vip voucher - both good deals - Richer Sounds

PROJECT ESSENTIAL Black Turntable - 129.95 or 119.95 with vip voucher - both good deals - Richer Sounds

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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!

44 Comments

How do you get the VIP voucher?

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Just join their VIP club and it gets e-mailed to you

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Original Poster

http://www.divineaudio.co.uk/images/uploads/products/Pro-ject/pro-ject_essential_new.jpg

...I should get this just so I can get my 500+ albums out of their covers for the first time in around 20 years!!!

...didn't they used to do the Project turntables in different colours...although the black looks pretty cool?!

Project turntables are excellent, good price. heat added

i think the debut series is available in different colours

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dave84

i think the debut series is available in different colours



I was looking at those as well, look awesome

When I was into this kind of stuff 20 years ago Project were a well regarded brand. This looks like a decent price for a genuine Hi-Fi product. Having said that the average user that just wants to bolt something on to his mini/midi system might want to take a look at Bush's MTT turntable it is actually not bad musically and I think the new ones have a USB socket so you can rip your records to your PC.

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presterjohn71

When I was into this kind of stuff 20 years ago Project were a well … When I was into this kind of stuff 20 years ago Project were a well regarded brand. This looks like a decent price for a genuine Hi-Fi product. Having said that the average user that just wants to bolt something on to his mini/midi system might want to take a look at Bush's MTT turntable it is actually not bad musically and I think the new ones have a USB socket so you can rip your records to your PC.



Thanks for advice.

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Krinkle

...I should get this just so I can get my 500+ albums out of their covers … ...I should get this just so I can get my 500+ albums out of their covers for the first time in around 20 years!!!...didn't they used to do the Project turntables in different colours...although the black looks pretty cool?!



legendary pic Krinkle

Would I be able to connect this to my mini Hi Fi system?

Shifuho

Would I be able to connect this to my mini Hi Fi system?



As long as you have an AUX in and you will probably need a Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier.

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bunkum100

As long as you have an AUX in and you will probably need a Turntable … As long as you have an AUX in and you will probably need a Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier.



They are not too expensive - here is a good article about what they do

mofokiss

I was looking at those as well, look awesome

Yeh they are, more expensive though. Worth paying as much as you can afford when buying a turntable, i own the genie which i got a good deal on from richer sounds a couple of years ago. Very solid and heavy. Dont buy anything plastic!

Original Poster

Thanks for the advice. Can't believe this didn't do better as a deal! My last two good deals fell short lol

superfi have a limited edition st. georges version for 129.95 (rrp 249.95) with an acrylic platter worth 89.95 included.

mofokiss

Thanks for the advice. Can't believe this didn't do better as a deal! My … Thanks for the advice. Can't believe this didn't do better as a deal! My last two good deals fell short lol

Anything vinyl related does not seem to do well on here which is a shame as many musicians still produce their music with how itll sound on vinyl very much in mind. Add to this some limited releases only being physically released on vinyl and your missing out if your a music fan and do not have a good quality turntable setup

presterjohn71

When I was into this kind of stuff 20 years ago Project were a well … When I was into this kind of stuff 20 years ago Project were a well regarded brand. This looks like a decent price for a genuine Hi-Fi product. Having said that the average user that just wants to bolt something on to his mini/midi system might want to take a look at Bush's MTT turntable it is actually not bad musically and I think the new ones have a USB socket so you can rip your records to your PC.



I tend to archive my vinyl to CD quality HiMD with the Sony MZRh1 then transfer that to the pc
This method was recommended a few months ago in hifi world magazine in the letters page.

Martin

dave84

Anything vinyl related does not seem to do well on here which is a shame … Anything vinyl related does not seem to do well on here which is a shame as many musicians still produce their music with how itll sound on vinyl very much in mind. Add to this some limited releases only being physically released on vinyl and your missing out if your a music fan and do not have a good quality turntable setup



I think the loudness wars (put it into youtube) has more impact on the sound of the music you buy than musicians intent to have sounding best on vinyl, Sadly the record companies ask the sound engineer to over compress the music so it sounds louder.

Martin

Been checking on eBay for good deals/bargain on a Turntable, but looks like these 'old' Duals and Rega Planars hold their value very well even after 30 plus years LOL! Will definitely check this out at RS,I say HOT if you are after a turntable to revitalise your old LP collections!

bunkum100

As long as you have an AUX in and you will probably need a Turntable … As long as you have an AUX in and you will probably need a Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier.



Thanks, will have a look. I can always connect to my old and trusted Yammy A2, it has phono for turntable! Cheers.

Original Poster

good luck mate

Original Poster

Can anyone recommend a good Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier?

mofokiss

Can anyone recommend a good Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier?



Maplin do them but i dont know about the quality.

Better ones might be NAD and a project but they will be more expensive than a maplin one.
or get a branded one off ebay second hand.

Martin N

Original Poster

thanks Martin

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Cant believe one short of going hot

Voted hot, but mofo, you sound a little needy with the two random comments about being gutted it's not hotter.

I recommend upgrading the cart that comes with this. I've got a Pro-Ject Debut III SE and although it sounded good with the supplied cart, it sounds great with a Denon DL160 cart. I've heard the Denon DL110 is also a good cart that will improve the sound, but doesn't cost as much as the DL160.

dam0wned

Voted hot, but mofo, you sound a little needy with the two random … Voted hot, but mofo, you sound a little needy with the two random comments about being gutted it's not hotter.



Agreed! Why do people get so obsessed with it?

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dam0wned

Voted hot, but mofo, you sound a little needy with the two random … Voted hot, but mofo, you sound a little needy with the two random comments about being gutted it's not hotter.


believe me I was getting that way, I posted this early yesterday morning lol. my deal before this went the same way (stalling so close to hot) so was getting frustrated.

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Xeijin

Agreed! Why do people get so obsessed with it?



Ego, I take it too personally

who even votes cold, go and listen to your crackly iphone/laptop sound reproduction single tiny micro chip based equipment.

Original Poster

believe me there were a few

siqass

who even votes cold, go and listen to your crackly iphone/laptop sound … who even votes cold, go and listen to your crackly iphone/laptop sound reproduction single tiny micro chip based equipment.


Depends, there will be a lot of people who don't have a single piece of vinyl or have even listened to it who would deem this worthless (largely without a clue, but that doesn't stop people).
That's before we even get to RS legendary stock "management"

I have a Project Debut II turntable, which I assume is very similar to this. I've had it 10+ years and have been pleased with it. Voted hot.

mofokiss

Can anyone recommend a good Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier?

I have a small Rega phono amp that cost £50. Does the job for me! (I have the Debut III turntable)

Can anyone recommend a good Turntable Phono Pre-Amplifier?

Get a second hand NAD from ebay. Great amp!

Great deal on a proper turntable for proper amps! (say us old folk).
Off-topic but applicable to audio buffs
Any old skool analogue types care to comment on the valve ipod amplifiers? ..I cannot have my 7yr old listening to crud through crud! ..would also be nice to put her bedroom projector through one too.

Good review on this TT in this months Hi Fi World mag!
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