Essential? Quite. This aptly named turntable is just right if you’re looking for a budget-conscious hi-fi quality turntable. Released in 2017, Pro-Ject has been delighting vinyl lovers with their Essential III turntable. Essential is an apt name for it too. It is a well-built beautifully designed turntable that offers very little in the frills department and focuses on quality construction; and of course, the music. A few of my friends picked up super cheap turntables when buying vinyl became cool again, some of them even bought an old crappy one from a garage sale. The Essential III is a perfect step up into a proper turntable if you are in the market.
Belt Drive Turntable with tonearm and cartridge
33 and 45 rpm via changing belt position
WOW & FLUTTER:
33 RPM: +/- 0.12%, 45 RPM: +/- 0.10% (manufacturer)
DOWNFORCE RANGE (VTF):
0 – 25 mN
MDF with a carbon fiber layer
Stainless steel axle with ceramic ball
300 mm Acrylic
9” CC EVO Carbon Fiber
BUILT-IN PHONO PREAMP:
Sumiko Amethyst, Moving Magnet
Dust Cover, Counterweight, Counterweight Insert, Record Clamp, Braided Interconnect Cables with integrated ground wire, 45 rpm adapter, Allen wrenches, Cartridge Alignment Gauge, VTF Gauge, Head-shell Spacer, Power Supply, Cleaning Cloth
Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red
18.1” W x 13.9” D x 5.6” H (with dust cover closed)
$1595.00 (including cartridge)
Pro-Ject, Turntable, Audiophile, Tonearm, Turntable Reviews 2019
The PRO-JECT RPM 5 CARBON TURNTABLE is a beautiful and elegant piece of audio design. With its isolated precision motor, inert acrylic platter, and 9-inch carbon fiber tonearm the RPM 5 Carbon is an interesting and desirable upgrade choice for a turntable in its price class. It is solidly built and not too difficult to set up and maintain. It also has all the necessary adjustments (including VTF, VTA, and anti-skate) that one needs to dial in its performance properly and precisely. As a belt-driven turntable, there is little to fault with it and much to enjoy.
The Phono Box RS is an ultra-low noise and distortion phono preamplifier for the analog audio purist. Designed to deliver breathtaking performance from your phono cartridge through the availability of an unprecedented range of adjustments. Proper impedance matching is key to great sound and the Phono Box RS provides the ability to continuously vary impedance from 10-1,200 ohms, even during playback! Top grade component parts are used throughout the dual mono circuit topology ensuring exceptional quietness and purity of sound. Unique features include a fully passive selectable RIAA and DECCA phono equalization circuit, full compatibility with MC and MM cartridges via selectable load capacitance and fully balanced inputs and outputs. Heavily shielded chassis metalwork is used to protect against the negative effects of vibration and electrical interference.
This precision tube phono preamplifier benefits from outstanding circuit technology from Dr. Sykora and uses ultimate components. Compatible with both MM and MC cartridges. It offers connection for two turntables plus two selectable line outputs and a continuously variable selection of input impedance for low output MC cartridges while playing a record! Other features include input capacitance for MM cartridges and switchable subsonic, that prevents your amplifier and speakers of ultra low rumble below 20Hz. All components including tube output and polypropylene capacitors are audiophile-grade and guarantee a breathtaking sound experience.
The Pre Box RS2 Digital is a DAC and preamplifier that uses a dual-mono configuration of the highest-class D/A converters from ESS Sabre. Dual ESS9038Q2M chips provide the highest sound quality in price-affordable, high-end circuits. Thanks to these converters, the Pro Box RS2 Digital supports up to 32-bit / 768 kHz files in PCM and DSD formats (up to DSD512) via USB, covering any digital file you can buy or stream. The analog output is a buffer that has both solid-state and high-quality tube stages. Thus, the customer can choose which of the options is preferred. The Pre Box has eight digital filters, including the proprietary optimal transient digital filter from the MQA creators. With these filters, the listener can customize the sound to suit their preferences. The Pre Box RS2 Digital comes with full HW and SW support for MQA technology (Master Quality Authenticated). In the Pre Box, the USB input signal is processed by a powerful multi-core XMOS microcontroller with advanced Multi-Core RISC architecture. A CPLD MAX II (Complex Programmable Logic Device) Altera chip is used for re-clocking, which together with the XMOS microcontroller brings high-quality processing of both classical and MQA technology.
For the ideal use of this technology, it is best to connect the Pre Box to our Stream Box S2 Ultra in conjunction with the TIDAL service. You can also enjoy MQA quality by linking it with our new revolutionary CD transport, the CD Box RS2 T. The CD Box RS2 T can be connected to the Pre Box by a reliable I²S differential bus via the HDMI connector where the Pre Box RS2 Digital also provides the master clock. The headphone amplifier is the ultimate design. No compromise. No coupling capacitors. Not even on the output. The entire amplifier is DC coupled. A very fast DC servo assures no DC voltage on the output. Its output power is suitable for all kinds of headphones. A premium full aluminum remote control is included in the packaging and the Pre Box RS2 Digital is available in a high-quality silver or black aluminum case. The big display screen on the front shows all relevant information in an easy to read fashion.