The Essential 3 boasts a series of notable improvements that elevate it well beyond the ability of its predecessor, both technically and cosmetically.
The Essential 3 retains the simple yet elegant frame of the Essential II. Made from high-quality MDF for its acoustically neutral character, and now wrapped in a high-gloss paint finish (available in red, white or black); the main structure combines both elegance and functionality. The plinth is then mounted on three anti-vibration feet, for effective decoupling from the surface on which the turntable is placed.
325 €€ 279
Pro-Jectov Flexi-Range ima šest različitih modela, koji će udovoljiti svakom zaljubljeniku u gramofone, što predstavlja veliki korak na vinilnoj lestvici. Od superpristupačnog Essential III do kompletno opremljenog Record Mastera – sa elektronskom kontrolom brzine, ugrađenim gramofonskim pretpojačalom, analogno-digitalnim konverterom i USB izlazom – tu je ponešto za svakoga. U ponudi je čak i model s blutut aptX povezivanjem. Svi modeli stižu s kertridžom Ortofon OM10 za bolji zvuk od prethodnika, a izbor između crvene, crne ili bele boje visokog sjaja dodaje stil adekvatan kvalitetu reprodukcije.
One of the most obvious changes with the new model is in the use of an upgraded Acryl-IT E platter. Also available seperately, the Acryl-IT E offers an inert platform for your vinyl records to reduce the unwanted effects of resonance. Available for use with and without the supplied felt mat, the platter uses a stainless steel bearing in a bronze bushing with Teflon-lined bottom for liquid-smooth rotation. The overall sound result is an open, exciting sound that arrives at a foot-tapping tempo.
The Essential 3 uses the same 9V motor as its predecessor, but it’s also the first to use a new integrated grounding link that dramatically reduces electrical interference to unprecedented low levels. The motor is a premium, synchronous AC design that’s driven by a built-in signal generator, ensuring optimal speed stability and minimal resonances. The brand new aluminium pulley improves the performance and the appearance even further still.
The Essential 3 is pre-fitted with an 8.6” aluminium tonearm for its lightweight, rigid characteristics. The gimbal bearing assembly uses sapphire bearings to allow for smooth tracking across a record, and the supplied counterweight allows for a variety of premium pick-up cartridges to be installed. The tonearm is supplied with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge installed. Superior to the Essential II’s OM 5E cartridge, the OM 10 uses an elliptical profile and precision micro-mechanics to deliver a nice, full soundstage with plenty of impact.
The Essential 3 is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. The sound and the style have been pushed to new heights, all for a price that defies belief.
High quality Acrylic-IT E platter
Belt drive mechanism 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