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Essential Turntable in Black

by PRJ
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • 33/45 RPM Speed
  • Belt Driven
  • Pre-Fitted Ortofon OM3 cartridge
  • With Hinged Dust Cover


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 3.7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
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  • Item model number: 22956
  • ASIN: B003IZX92U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,143 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Project Essential 33/4 rpm Speed Turntable in Black


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi Fi at a great price 25 Nov 2010
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Pro-Ject essential
I bought this turnable a week ago and l did struggle a but balancing the stylus arm and adding the counterweight. However, it is well worth the fight. This turntable produces excellent sound from vinyl Lps.

I managed to locate 300 Lps I had stored away and forgotten.i did have a pretty basic bush turntable, a cheap purchase from Argos about 7 years ago but I did realise that that turntable would give justice to my old vinyl, especially as I had just upgraded my amplifier (wifey somehow fried the other one!!) to a Pioneer A259 and Tannoy F1 speakers.I had considered buying a Rega rp1 at 225 which was given 5* in the HIFi review but close examination showed that this turntable also received 5* in the last few years of reviews and being a bit less costly (see I didn't say cheaper) I thought this would be worth a punt. Pleased I did.

Downside? Well yes if you have old vinyl lps which are dusty, dirty or scratched then this turntable will pick up the imperfections. However sending off for a through clean or buying the wet clean apparatus on Amazon will resolve the dirt and dust issues and you will realise the result. On comparison against that old Bush turntable , there really is no comparison.

As a side note if you are worried about the set up, do as i did Youtube the turntable and there are directions for set up there.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I bought this turnable a week ago and like the other reviewer I did struggle a but balancing the stylus arm and adding the counterweight. However, like the other reviewer it is well worth the fight. This turntable produces excellent sound from vinyl Lps.

I managed to locate 300 Lps I had stored away and forgotten.i did have a pretty basic bush turntable, a cheap purchase from Argos about 7 years ago but I did realise that that turntable would give justice to my old vinyl, especially as I had just upgraded my amplifier (wifey somehow fried the other one!!) to a Pioneer A259 and Tannoy F1 speakers.I had considered buying a Rega rp1 at 225 which was given 5* in the HIFi review but close examination showed that this turntable also received 5* in the last few years of reviews and being a bit less costly (see I didn't say cheaper) I thought this would be worth a punt. Pleased i did.

Downside? Well yes if you have old vinyl lps which are dusty, dirty or scratched then this turntable will pick up the imperfections. However sending off for a through clean or buying the wet clean apparatus on Amazon will resolve the dirt and dust issues and you will realise the result. On comparison against that old Bush turntable , there really is no comparison.

As a side note if you are worried about the set up, do as i did Youtube the turntable and there are directions for set up there.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Turntable - with a little set up 24 Nov 2010
I bought this turntable for my boyfriend for his birthday and both he and I absolutely love it.

I have to admit though it does require some set up and it's a little fiddly. I had to leave the room after 30 mins of watching him fight with the band that has to be wrapped around the turntable and the weight that needs to be balanced on the end of the arm to stop skating. It would have been a lot easier to fix the weight if the allen key that was provided to fix the arm also fit the allen key hole in the weight. After some routing around for another allen key, the weight was fixed to the arm.

In spite of the time it takes to set up I would thoroughly recommend this turntable. Once it's set up and you've played your first vinyl record it is superb. We are now working through the box of records we have been given and I am enjoying every minute of it. When listening to records even I can tell the difference between the quality of this turntable and the 20 year old hand me down we replaced.

Great piece of kit.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Project PRJ-Essential Turntable 4 July 2011
By PhilMet
I've been wanting a new turntable for the last three months, and after having read reviews, I decided on a Kenwood turntable. When I decided to purchase, I though I would have one last look. This is when I saw the Project. It looked very state of-the-art, and as I knew I'd have it for some time, I thought spending the extra (150 instead of 83) would be well worth it, despite the fiddly set-up that other reviewers had. In the end putting the white band on took about 15 minutes. It helps to keep the cardboard in place otherwise the platter spins around. Balancing the stylus and tone arm also was fairly straight-forward. With my dad's help I hooked it up my amp (Onkyo A-V5L) and speakers (Q Acoustics 2010). I've now had it about 5 weeks, and I must say I'm very happy with the sound. Build quality is excellent. You do have to be careful not no be too heavy handed on either side of the turntables' base(or it rocks/tilts - if that makes sense?). The other thing to be careful with is the tone-arm. After you've moved the security (for travel purpose) lock, the mooring has to be set just right or the tone-arm will not sink properly onto the vinyl. I would highly reccommend this turntable, but just be aware of the few quirks of set-up it has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good turntable BUT... 1 Aug 2012
By Artek
Verified Purchase
To begin with : quick shipping, very good packaging.

But VERY very hard to calibrate.

This is THE BIG ANNOYING thing.

I'm a newbie in turn tables, and the guide to set up your turntable is everything but clear.
It took me about 2 days an about 40 tries to successfully calibrate the arm weight.

I don't have much of an advice. Just try to make the arm level and adjust from that.

Another funny thing. the little counter weight on the right of the arm ? my turntable works clearly better without it. (??????)

Last thing, the sound is gorgeous but the head is very sensitive. A light bumb, a minor scratch, and your sounds jumps.

Happily, the sound is amazing. The design perfect, very good quality of manufacturing.

The price is clearly pretty low for such a sound...

But beware beginners like me, this is NOT easy to set up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant while it lasted...
A very capable turntable that reproduced the subtleties and warmth of our vinyl collection very well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RosieP
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD PRODUCT
This is one of the worst products I have ever bought. It is poor on quality and practicality. It is one of the most sensitive easy-to-lose vinyl's sequential playing and up to now... Read more
Published 9 months ago by audiophilee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great turntable,
well worth that little extra, just be sure to couple it with a worthwhile amp to really get the best out of it.
Published 11 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
Got one of these about two years ago. Thought I was buying a quality bit of kit, unfortunately it lasted about 18 months (and wasn't used that much!). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sabrewulf
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of kit, great price
First of all it's not that fiddely to set up, if you can put the needle on the record then you can set this up. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P E Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Entry-level Audiophile.
What a great piece of kit. Set-up was nowhere near as difficult as I was expecting it to be. I'd say it took no more than 45 mins from opening the box to playing a record and I'm... Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Cowlin
1.0 out of 5 stars A really user unfriendly piece of kit
As others reviewers have noted, the belt drive is flimsy and comes off with the slightest touch. Unfortunately the belt itself actually stands proud of the turntable and of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Great So Far...
I was extremely happy when it arrived before expected delivery date. Thank you very much! Set up isn't too bad as long as you don't get ahead of yourself. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reproduction of music ...but unhelpful instructions
Superb sound.....bring back the magic/sheer enjoyment of vinyl recordings.

The instructions fail to mention that the counterbalance usually needs to be rotated (very)... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by M. OVERY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value.
Great sound.

Looks good but very fiddly to set up - only attempt this when you are feeling calm. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Alison
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