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 MDF platter and low-voltage motor with perimeter belt drive make a winning combination; while the Ortofon OM5E is the perfect cartridge to get instant gratification from your vinyl collection.
- Ideal for connection to multiroom systems or TVs, soundbars and portable audio (see below FAQ)
- Belt drive with silicone belt
- Low vibration synchronous motor
- Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
- Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom
- 8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
- Factory fitted Ortofon OM5e cartridge
- Built in phono stage based on Phono Box design
- Optical output
- Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
- Lid & felt mat included
|Replacement Stylus:||Ortofon 5e Stylus|
|Pre-Fitted Cartridge:||Ortofon OM5e|
|Output:||RCA or Optical|
|Nominal Speeds:||33/45 RPM (Manual)|
|Wow & Flutter:||33: 0.14% 45: 0.25%|
|Effective Tonearm Length:||8.6" (218.5mm)|
|Effective Tonearm Mass:||8.0gr|
|Counterweight for Mass:||3 - 5.5g (Incl.)|
|Tracking Force Range:||0 - 25mn|
|Power Supply:||15v/500mA DC|
|Dimensions (W x H x D):||420 x 112 x 330mm|
To watch the Essential II Digital set-up video click here.
Q:How does the Essential II Digital work with multi-room systems?
A:Because the Essential II Digital is internally grounded and has a built-in phono stage, it can be connected
Q:How does the Essential II Digital work with my mini-system or traditional hi-fi amplifier?
A:Like when connecting to a multi-room system, because the Essential II Digital is internally grounded and has a built-in phono stage it can be connected direct to an AUX or LINE input on any amplifier with a spare input. We supply RCA-RCA and RCA-3.5mm cables in the box, depending on what connection method is available to you.
Q:What do I need to consider when connecting an Essential II Digital via the Optical Output?
A:When using the Essential II Digital’s optical output, you need to ensure the digital receiver (i.e. Soundbar, DAC, digital amplifier etc.) you’re connecting to has a spare optical input that supports digital stereo data streams via modern S/PDIF protocol. If the device you’re connecting to does not fully support S/PDIF it may not be able to handle the supplied data stream. We have confirmed that the Essential II Digital will not work with the Sonos PLAYBAR.
Q:Do I need to earth the turntable?
A:The Essential II Digital is internally earthed, so you should not need to connect a separate earth wire. However, we supply our standard RCA-RCA cables in the box so should you need additional grounding there is a lead attached to these cables.