Pro-Ject Essential II USB

ONE FOR THE BUD­GET-CON­SCIOUS

Australian T3 - - VINY REVIVAL - NICK ODANTZIS, RE­VIEWS EDI­TOR

Pro-Ject is a huge name in turnta­bles, and its Essential line looks to bring the com­pany’s renowned qual­ity at a great price – un­der $600, in fact.

The Essential II Phono USB (to give it its full name) is about as min­i­mal as it gets, but is stylish at the same time – fea­tur­ing a no-frills yet sturdy plinth and a pre­mounted Orto­fon OM 5E car­tridge. It’s also a lot qui­eter than the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion, thanks to the low-vi­bra­tion mo­tor.

And there’s some­thing else, of course, the clue be­ing in the name. As well as hav­ing an RCA con­nec­tion, the turntable will plug into your Mac or PC to en­able you to rip your vinyl to digital files. And what’s more, you can out­put to RCA and USB si­mul­ta­ne­ously (so you can lis­ten to your vinyl as you rip it).

It may not have the bells and whis­tles of oth­ers, but it’s a great starter choice.

$529, pro­jec­tau­dio.com.au

If you like your au­dio min­i­mal­ist, then the Essential II USB is the one for you

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