Pro-Ject Essential II Digital Turntable

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The Essential II Digital is a plug-and-play turntable with a difference. Its built-in phono stage features an optical output that means it can feed a digital signal to all manner of modern-day soundbars and wireless speakers. it has a glossy rectangular plinth – available in black, white or red – that houses the bearing, the motor with a pulley stepped for 33/45rpm, the tonearm and the built-in phono pre-amplifier. An on/off switch sits on the left side.The Essential II Digital comes with a lid, which can be easily removed – although unless you get the screwdriver out to take off the hinges, the fittings are left sticking up from the back when the lid isn’t in place,

  • Belt-driven
  • Ortofon OM 5E MM cartridge
  • 8.5-inch aluminium tonearm
  • Built-in phono pre-amp
  • S/PDIF optical output
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Technical Specification

  • Speed: 33, 45 (manual speed change)
  • Principle: belt drive
  • Speed variance: 33: 0,80% 45: 0,70%
  • Wow & flutter: 33: 0,29% 45: 0,27%
  • Platter: 300mm particle board with felt mat (0,8kg)
  • Main bearing: stainless steel
  • Effective arm length: 218,5 mm
  • Overhang: 22,0mm
  • Effective tonearm mass: 8,0gr
  • Counterweight for mass: 3 - 5,5g (included)
  • Tracking force range: 0 - 25mn (OM5 18mn recommended)
  • Line output voltage typically: 160mV/1kHz at 4mV/1kHz input
  • Noise floor: >73dB
  • RIAA-equalisation accuracy: 20Hz-20kHz / max. 0,5dB
  • Optical output: 24/96 kHz (bit depth/sampling frequency)
  • Included accessory: power supply, dust cover
  • Power consumption: 4,5 watts
  • Dimensions: 420 x 112 x 330mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 4.0 kg net
  • Warranty: 1 year

What Is In The Box

  • Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable
  • Dust Cover
  • 15 VDC / 0.8A Power Supply


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Manufacture Description

Pro-Ject are set to take their own traditional design, and completely revolutionise it to accommodate the ever-growing number of vinyl listeners.

The Essential II DIGITAL aims to be the first hi-fi specified turntable that can be connected – out-of- the-box – to any modern home entertainment system. The brand new internal phono stage gives customers the option between an analogue Line Level output, or a 24-bit/96kHz digital Optical output.

The analogue portion of the output stage uses a phono stage based upon Pro-Ject’s Phono Box design. The Line output allows for easy connection to any Line-Level (Auxiliary) input. The 24-bit/96kHz Optical output uses a high-performance Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to send a clean, uninterrupted signal to your digital hub. So whether you currently listen to music through a soundbar, an AV receiver, a DAC, a TV, a digital pre-amplifier or a multi- room system with external input options – the Essential II DIGITAL should fit right in.


The Essential II DIGITAL has a high-gloss paint finishe, 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 MDF platter and low-voltage motor with perimeter belt drive system make a winning combination; while the Ortofon OM5E is the perfect cartridge to get instant gratification from your record collection. The turntable is available in black or white finish, and is supplied with a dust-cover in the box.

With the ever-growing success of the vinyl format, Pro-Ject aim to produce a range of products that give any customer the tools they need to integrate a high-quality turntable into their listening system. The Essential II DIGITAL expands the potential for digital audio fans to revisit the fabled black wax, without fundamentally changing their current system.

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