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Pro-Ject - Essential Stereo Turntable - High Gloss Black

Model: ESSENTIAL III PIANOSKU: 5872115

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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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

    Dope Turntable

    Posted
    KenDogg
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    I like this turntable a lot but I wish I didn't have to turn it off every time I change a record. You are able to just lift the record off without any issue but a pause feature would be nice. The setup and calibration was a little hard to do but luckily we have YouTube so that made my life easier. I initially had it connected to a Sonos Connect but only had a little bit of sound. I did some research and found that I needed a preamp. I went to guitar center and picked up one for only 14 bucks. The sound was great after I connected the preamp. I recommend this turntable if you just want to change things up and listen to some vinyl. Plus it really looks dope!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Would be 5 except for Best buy.com

    Posted
    RSanders
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    First, this is a great turntable. Second, it is mostly easy to setup, except for the directions. Check online and compare pictures to make sure...in particular, the anti- skate weight. Finally, I purchased through Best buy.com. The review is of my third turntable. The first had a dent in the body. Unable to tell from the box. Returned to local BB and was sent a replacement. I was sent an open box return...easy to tell since it was repacked, instructions missing, and platter was on the tone arm. Returned again. Spoke to manager to pass on the message to BB.com. Ordered a third, sent to store, manager unpack and called that all was good...and it is great to have my vinyl back.

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    V. good reviews for this turntable

    Posted
    Casseroo
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    High-end turntable, but very fussy. No one at BestBuy was familiar enough to set it up, which was tricky. Not automatic like my Dual. Be very careful if you move it...the external belt can slip off and dislodge the small weight on the tonearm. Has to be operated mostly manually. Sound quality IS Excellent! Good German quality.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY...

    Posted
    Rick
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    Great turntable to compliment my old and new BEATLE records, plus all my vinyl. CD’s are great, but vinyl still rules!! Handy lifter to lower and raise the stylus arm with no problems!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable!

    Posted
    Steve
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    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
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    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

    Great turntable

    Posted
    Bundy24680
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    A little tricky to set up if you are new to modern turntables. Love the sound this creates. Very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best record player I've ever owned

    Posted
    MrZippo
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    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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a good record player for a beginner

    Posted
    Lennyfrommtairy69
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    Hard to attach to my Yamaha receiver and speakers belt wouldn't fit drive table.not good directions to follow.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Good, Plays Great

    Posted
    Raffy62
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Yes, I am going retro and dug out my old collection of 33 and 45 rpm vinyls. The Turntable works great with excellent sound and styling

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good turntable good price

    Posted
    Ipatter
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    Good belt drive turntable added to home theater setup to ply some old vinyl. It is great to here them again and sounds great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great conversation piece

    Posted
    Gunner
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    What a great turntable! Plays well and looks fantastic. And a great value too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for a modern turntable!

    Posted
    Timothy
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    I highly recommend to anybody who is looking for the best quality at the cheapest prices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy

    Posted
    Mike
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    Verry happy with this turntable how ever. I hold one star back for it technically I’m 2018. Should be better

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bought for a gift

    Posted
    jogo
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    Bought for a gift for my father for his birthday. He loves the design and the record player works as described.

    I would recommend this to a friend