Pro-ject - Essential II Turntable (Used)
The upgrade over the original Pro-Ject Essential is substantial. There’s a new, quieter and smoother motor, a different arm (now no longer a unipivot design) and a better cartridge in the form of Ortofon’s OM5e.
Want to play singles? You’ll need to manually shift the drive belt to the larger step on the motor pulley. This is as basic as turntables get, but it’s no worse off for that; the money has gone into the engineering.
The main bearing is nicely made, while the arm has a quality feel, with minimal play in its bearings. We’ve come across the Ortofon cartridge before. It’s a good, solid, well-proven performer.
- Strong dynamics
- Crisp rhythmic ability
- Fun sound
- Well made
- Good cartridge
- Easy to set-up and use