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Pro-Ject - Essential Stereo Turntable - High Gloss Black

  • Model: ESSENTIAL III PIANO
  • SKU: 5872115

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Play vinyl records with this Pro-Ject turntable. Its 8.6-inch aluminum tonearm has sapphire bearings for durable quality, while its MDF platter and chassis prevent resonance for amazing sound quality. Hook up external devices with the gold-plated RCA connectors on this Pro-Ject turntable, which has an integrated DC-powered motor control for stable speed.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Pro-Ject Essential Stereo Turntable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 22)

Features


Belt-driven system

Enjoy superior sound thanks to the belt drive, which reduces vibration.

Stereo sound

Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.

Plays 33-1/3 and 45 rpm

Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.

Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge

Equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet (MM) stereo phono cartridge.

Diamond stylus

Hard diamond styluses are designed to last.

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) platter

Vintage-style MDF-based platter adds a retro touch to this turntable.

30 cm platter

This platter size lets you listen to a wide range of records.

Dust cover

Dust cover protects your vinyl records from damage.


Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My fave 'table of the Fab Four!

    Posted
    SSSS
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First off, I have no idea why BB has not sent me a review request for this and several other purchases. I should be a VERIFIED PURCHASER but for whatever reason BB can't get it together. On to the 'table... It is a stunner in the looks department and as for ease of set up and use, it is a winner there. I also bought the Beatles '64 table but it HUMMED like a BIG FAT hummingbird. Ridiculous. Back it went and not long after this 50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band turntable arrived at the Best Buy Magnolia Design Center in the San Diego Mission Valley store. As I said, it is gorgeous. The sound is superb and the set up is, for whatever reason, far easier than the '64 Edition was. And nothing but music comes out of this turntable. Because this 'table is so good I may give the Beatles '64 Edition another chance and order up another one. But this 50th Edition has the '64 beat on looks alone. I like both and may still own both but this one STOMPs the '64 Edition I briefly owned (under two weeks before I gave up on curing the HUM). As always, BB and its employees are fantastic with the exception of getting out the email request for me to review my purchases. I have two new UHD-HDR Curved TVs to review and still no request from BB. I digress... I seriously doubt anyone could be disappointed with this player. It does what it should with style. I listen to music, not equipment. But I look at my equipment and this one is a keeper for the sound it reproduces flawlessly (i.e.,No HUMMING!!) and it has looks to match. Superb!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted
    TeddyG
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    There's a reason that this turntable gets listed as a top entry level audiophile turntable on such a consistent basis. This thing sounds great, setup is easy and straightforward. A real quality component. One small issue is that it is rather lightweight, so when I would push the power switch, the turntable tended to slide sideways, and when I lifted the dust cover, it would slide backwards. I simply cut some small squares from a sheet of rubber shelf liner and placed them under the feet, and problem solved. Highly recommended! I am absolutely enjoying rediscovering my old and new vinyl. Buy this, you definitely won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    Posted
    GranburyGuy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I like the simplicity of this unit and it seems to work well for the price. I did not give it a 5 rating due to the short connection wires. The wires are hard wired from the unit and so short that it limits how far away you can place your amp. They really need to add either more led or flexibility to use RCA cables that can be purchased the length required. Old school systems that were placed in an O'Sulivan style cabinet (I am dating myself!) did not require long wire leads but todays systems require more flexibilty for installation in media rooms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable

    Posted
    MusicLover
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It seems like in another lifetime I used to be an audiophile-before a family and kids. And now 25 years later my wife said, “you need to get a turntable to play those 700 albums you’ve been storing all these years in the basement.” So that led me to this turntable. Is it an audiophiles dream TT? No, but it does a great job and sounds pretty darn good on the system I now have. Would certainly recommend for a much better than average cheaper turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bang for buck

    Posted
    Kyle
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is a great turntable that looks and sounds Awesome! It took me a couple of months to bite the bullet and purchase one and looked at many reviews. And this one lives up to them all. Only downside is that there are RCA cable built into it, so no using your high-end RCA cables you wanted to pull out. Would recommend to anyone looking for high quality with a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable!

    Posted
    Steve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a great turntable! Stylish and a conversation starter too. Who doesn’t like the Beatles? The sound is incredible for not costing $1000 or more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beyond expectations

    Posted
    DCap
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The arm balance and sensitivity are incredible. The sound is much better than my audio technica which I thought was a very good unit. It is also a very stylish and attractive homage to an incredible band.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best record player I've ever owned

    Posted
    MrZippo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This record player is perfect in so many ways. Sound quality is excellent. Build quality is one of the best. And it looks absolutely beautiful too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design and usability. Editors have mixed opinions about price.
  • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Jason Kennedy on May 16, 2011
    Pro-Ject Essential review
    Pro-Ject has a new turntable to tempt those at the start of their vinyl journeyFull Review
  • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on May 18, 2010
    Pro-Ject Essential review
    This budget turntable from Pro-ject is a sturdy performer, leaving us with little to complain about for the moneyFull Review



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