The multi-award winning Essential II turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been a huge success since its launch back in 2013. The simplistic yet elegant design built on solid hi-fi principles has delivered a great turntable at an affordable price. But now Pro-Ject have taken their own traditional design, and completely revolutionised it to accommodate the needs of the modern vinyl listener.
The Essential II Digital aims to be the first turntable that can be connected straight out of the box to any modern hi-fi system. The brand new integrated phono stage gives users the option between an analogue line level output or a 24-bit/96kHz digital Optical output. The Optical output uses a high-quality Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to send a clean, uninterrupted signal to any digital hub. So whether listening to music through a soundbar, an AV receiver, a DAC, a digital pre-amplifier or a multi-room system with different input options – the Essential II Digital should fit in flawlessly. The analogue output uses a phono stage based upon Pro-Ject’s iconic Phono Box design to deliver a brilliant performance from the fitted Ortofon cartridge.
The added benefit of optical transmission is that you can run longer cables without the same signal loss you would experience with long RCA leads. So if you want your turntable to sit away from your amplifier while still sounding great, that’s now possible!
The Essential II Digital further stands out from those around it thanks to the new black and white high-gloss paint finishes, and the “Digital” logo emblazoned on the plinth. It also boasts all the pre-existing features that have made the Essential II an international award winner. The 8.6″ aluminium tonearm, heavy particle-board platter and low-voltage motor with perimeter drive belt make a winning combination; while the Ortofon OM 5E is the perfect cartridge to get instant gratification from your vinyl collection.