Today we are highlighting 2 of our favourite turntables –
Pro-Ject Essential ll
Turntable innovation for vinyl starters with class-leading sound quality!
A quiet-running synchronous motor with silicone belt is driving a low-resonance platter made from laminated particle board. A new motor control with DC power supply minimzes unwanted vibration effectively. The main platter bearing consists of stainless steelspindle and bronze bushing with Teflon bottom to secure low friction.
The main chassis is made from lightweight, but very stiff particle board. Essential II utilises a straight 8,6“ aluminium tonearm design made from a single piece of aluminium with sapphire bearings, which offers a far better „plug & play“ solution, than it‘s predecessor. Special feet effectively decouples the turntable from the surface.
S&I keep black in stock, the other colours are on special order.
S&I Verdict –
The Essential II is a excellent entry-level turntable that gets all the basics spot-on. It’s easy to set-up and even easier to enjoy. It makes listening to records fun, and it’s value for money at R7 499.
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.
The new DEBUT Carbon DC was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!
The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.
This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.
The DEBUT CARBON DC is offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, silver or white as no-added-cost option. S&I keep black in stock, the other colours are on special order.
You can’t go wrong with the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. The turntable is well made and we believe that it is among the class leaders at this price – R10 799.
Experience the emotion with Pro-Ject and S&I. Both turntables are available at S&I stores.