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Turntables up to £499


Project Elemental

The Element is the latest budget turntable from Project, and what a wonderfully unpretentious thing it is. To keep costs low there’s no lid and barely a plinth - just a simple plank onto which arm, bearing and motor are attached. Beneath this, to give it stability, there’s a single large  ‘artificial stone’ foot to add mass and damp vibration. Atop there’s a wood platter, and that’s basically it! The result is an incredibly compact and surprisingly stylish turntable.


The supplied cartridge is an Ortofon OM5E, and thanks to the factory fitted counterweight there’s absolutely no setting up necessary, just unbox it and plug it in and you’re ready to go.


Interestingly the motor is a AC design which is run off an internal power supply (a DC wallwart is supplied, from this the power supply then creates an independent AC waveform to drive the motor), which is a good thing and very unusual at this price point. Speed is changed between 33rpm and 45rpm by moving the drive belt on the pulley, which given its location at the left front of the deck (right next to the power switch) makes it wonderfully quick to do.

Sonically, whilst the deck is no giant killer, it is certainly a fun thing to listen to and a brilliant entry into the world of vinyl - and far superior to all of the sub £200 decks we’ve experienced recently. The sound is brimming with excitement, with a nice clean low frequency performance that keeps bass lines flowing well, and LP surface noise is relatively well suppressed for a budget design too.

There are three different finishes available (on the top surface of the plinth) and two different model specifications, a standard design for use into systems that have their own phono stage and the Phono USB version which has both a USB output for making easy recordings onto computer as well as line level RCA outputs, enabling connection into amplifiers/systems without their own phono stages.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM5E prefitted

Lid: Not included (lift off lid available as an optional extra, see below)

Finishes: Silver (as pictured here), Red or White top inlay


Project Elemental turntable: £175.00

Project Elemental Phono USB turntable: £229.00


Optional extras:

Project Cover-IT E lift off dust cover: £60.00

Project Acryl-IT E Acrylic platter upgrade: £90.00

Project Primary

Please note the pictures shown here are similar but not identical to the Primary and will be updated shortly


The Primary is the starting point in Pro-jects range for a conventionally styled (square plinth and with lid) turntable. It comes factory fitted with the Ortofon OM5E cartridge and the arm features sapphire bearings. The composite wood platter is driven by a belt around its perimeter, from a pulley in the rear left corner, which makes changing speed very easy.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM5E prefitted

Lid: Yes

Finishes: textured matte black, White and Red


Project Primary turntable: £189.00


Also now available is the Primary Phono USB version, which features an internal phono stage as well as an onboard 24bit/96kHz analogue to digital convertor (ADC) outputting via USB for use into a connected computer. This combination provides both analogue line level outputs (for connection into an amplifier without a phono stage) as well easy ripping of vinyl onto a computer.


Project Primary Phono USB turntable with integral phono stage and ADC: £239.00


Optional extras:

Project Acryl-IT E Acrylic platter upgrade: £90.00


Project Essential III XE

The Essential III XE features an impressive specification at this price point, including an attractive gloss painted plinth and high quality pre installed cartridge (the Ortofon OM10). The main bearing features low friction teflon and the arm bearings are sapphire, so even the parts you can’t see are carefully designed for best performance. The standard mdf platter is driven by a belt around its perimeter, from a pulley in the rear left corner, which makes changing speed very easy.


The platter can be upgraded to Acrylic by using the Acryl-It E platter (as shown in the pictures) either at a later date or by purchasing the non-XE version of the deck, which represents a substantial saving - please see pricing below.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM10 prefitted

Lid: Yes

Finishes: Gloss black, White and Red


Project Essential III XE turntable: £239.00

Project Essential III turntable: £279.00


Optional extras:

Project Acryl-IT E Acrylic platter upgrade: £90.00


Rega Planar 1

New for 2016, the Planar 1 is the replacement for the wonderful RP1. It features a large number of changes over its predecessor .


Most obvious is the gloss laminated plinth, which is available in black or white. The tonearm is a new model too, called the RB110 it features a new patent pending ultra low friction bearing design which is claimed to have zero play. The headhsell has been re-engineered to make it more rigid as well as being easier to use. As with the previous model, a Rega Carbon cartridge is factory fitted as standard.

A 24 volt motor with aluminium pulley offers improved speed stability and it drives a thicker 23mm phenolic platter, which has a stronger flywheel effect than the previous version. The platter spins upon a new brass bearing assembly which also has a patent pending design that improves fit and reduces stress on the contact points, whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy.


The Planar 1 can also be upgraded with the Performance Pack, which improves the cartridge, mat and drive belt.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Rega Carbon factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Gloss Black or White


Rega Planar 1 turntable package: £248.00


Rega Performance Pack upgrade kit (does not include an RP1 turntable): £95.00


Pro-Ject VT-E

The VT-E is always a talking point - as whilst playing LPs (almost) vertically is not a particularly new thing, it’s still rather uncommon. Whilst the concept is a little gimmicky, there’s no denying the style of this deck, and if ultimate performance is not the highest priority (although it has had a rave review in Hifi World magazine), and the benefits of a shallow foot print (245mm) are required then I suspect there’s no cooler way to play your LPs.


The deck is based upon the Elemental turntable, a highly regarded model and like the VT-E is one that’s ready to go straight out of the box - the cartridge is included and aligned, the counterweight fitted, so just connect it up and you’re good to go. A record clamp is included to hold the LP securely to the platter.


The deck can also be wall mounted (mountings included, and reduces the depth to 130mm) and there’s even a version with a Bluetooth transmitter fitted, for wireless transmission to a suitable receiver, as well as an internal phono stage for connection into a line level input.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM5E factory fitted

Lid: None

Finishes:  Matte Black, Matte Red & Matte White.


Project VT-E turntable: £269.00


Project VT-E BT (Bluetooth and phono stage equipped) turntable: £379.00 (this model is available in high gloss Red, White and Black)



Project Debut S/E3

This latest iteration of the classic Debut recipe features a full size platter, tweaked motor mounting, new round cross section drive belt and an uprated cartridge (Ortofon OM10 Super). The plinth is painted in a high gloss black and looks stunning, particularly for a deck at this low price level. The sound produced is pleasingly lively and toe tapping, making it a great place to get into vinyl for the style conscious audiophile.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (can also play 33.3 & 78rpm with the addition of the 78rpm pulley kit)

Cartridge: Ortofon OM10 Super factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Gloss Black


Project Debut S/E3 turntable: £285.00


Rega Planar R78

The Planar 78 is a mono, single speed turntable designed specifically for playback of 78rpm records only. A matching Rega mono RB78 cartridge is available, please see our cartridge section for more details.


Speeds: 78rpm only

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: Grey


Rega R78 turntable £285.00 excluding cartridge

Rega R78 turntable £353.00 with Rega RB78 cartridge included

Edwards Audio Apprentice 2 Lite

The Apprentice 2 Lite is an excellent entry level turntable from Edwards Audio. Made in the UK, this design is a perfect example of a finely tweaked product whose resulting sound punches well above its price tag. It features a clear acrylic platter and is factory fitted with the Edwards Audio Zephyr C50 cartridge. The acrylic platter helps the deck produce a wonderfully clean sound with excellent neutrality, making it one of our strongest recommendations for a high performance budget deck.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Edwards Audio Zephyr C50 cartridge

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Satin Red or Black


Edwards Audio Apprentice 2 Lite turntable with cartridge £299.95


Project RPM1 Carbon

The RPM 1 Carbon features a new arm design from Pro-Ject, the tube uses carbon fibre wrapped around an aluminium core and is made using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar pressure. The result is an arm Project claim is very rigid, well damped and low resonance.


 The motor is an AC synchronous design which is fed from an internal DC driven power supply. The main turntable bearing features a ceramic ball bearing, and the mdf platter is topped with a felt mat. An Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is factory fitted, making setup very straight forward.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M red prefitted

Lid: Optional extra, price TBC

Finishes: Gloss Black, Red or White


Project RPM1 Carbon turntable: £349.00


Project Debut Carbon DC

The Project Carbon combines the value for money underpinnings of the classic Debut turntable design with a beautifully made tonearm made whose tube and headshell is made from woven carbon fibre. To top it off the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge completes the package - a remarkably accomplished cartridge to be packed with a turntable at this price level.

Available in Gloss Black, White, Red Yellow, Green, Silver and Blue

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (can also play 33.3 & 78rpm with the addition of the 78rpm pulley kit)

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red

Lid: Included

Finishes: All the following are Gloss finishes: Black, White, Red Yellow, Green, Purple, Light Grey and Blue


Project Debut Carbon DC turntable package: £349.00

Project Debut Carbon DC USB turntable package with internal phono stage with both line out and USB: £399.00


Optional extra:

Project Acryl-IT Acrylic platter upgrade: £110.00


Rega Planar 2

The Planar 2 is a model that has been missing from the Rega range for several years, so it’s great to see it back.


What always made the Planar 2 special was the tonearm, and that’s still the case today. The new RB220 naturally features a one piece cast arm tube and has been fitted with a new patent pending bearing assembly which is claimed to offer zero play and ultra low friction.


The plinth is a high gloss black or white acrylic laminated design which is rigid, lightweight and very attractive. A 24 volt motor drives a new patent pending self securing main bearing, which is claimed to offer improved fit and reduced stress on the bearing, as well as reduced energy transfer into the plinth. On top spins a 10mm thick glass platter with white frosted edging.


The Planar 2 can also be upgraded with the Performance Pack, with includes the Bias 2 cartridge, White drive belt and felt mat.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Rega Carbon factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Gloss Black, Red or White


Rega Planar 2 turntable package: £375.00


Rega Performance Pack upgrade kit (cartridge, belt and mat upgrade): £95.00


                


Edwards Audio Apprentice 2

The Apprentice 2 in ‘full fat’ version as shown here, is related to the Lite detailed further up this page. The difference is the tonearm, the EA202 is fitted, which is  a one piece design made using a cast aluminium arm tube. This lifts the performance to another level again, adding more resolution, dynamics and solidity to the sound. It features a clear acrylic platter and is factory fitted with the Edwards Audio Zephyr C50 cartridge. The acrylic platter helps the deck produce a wonderfully clean sound with excellent neutrality, which combined with the rigid mdf plinth and tonearm gives a sound that belies the decks very reasonable price.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Edwards Audio Zephyr C50 cartridge

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Satin Red or Black


Edwards Audio Apprentice 2 turntable with cartridge £379.95

Pro-ject Limited Edition George Harrison turntable

 Pro-Ject Audio Systems have teamed up with the estate of legendary musician George Harrison to produce a special turntable, coinciding with the release of The George Harrison Vinyl Collection LP box-set from USM.


The limited edition Pro-Ject George Harrison record player boasts an entirely unique appearance created by design specialists, Studio Number One. Studio Number One was founded by Shepard Fairey, and the Pro-Ject George Harrison record player makes use of an image taken from the world-famous artist’s work. Just 2,500 of these decks will be available world wide, with only a small number of these available in the UK.


The turntable itself is based on Pro-Ject Audio Systems’ coveted Essential III design with an Acryl-IT E platter. The Essential III benefits from a sturdy MDF plinth mounted on anti-vibration feet. Supplied with an acrylic platter, high-quality tonearm and Ortofon OM 10 cartridge, the sound performance puts the turntable in a class of its own when compared to rival products.


                      

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM10 prefitted

Lid: Yes

Finishes: George Harrison special art work


George Harrison Limited Edition turntable with cartridge £429.00 (buy it online in our ebay shop)


Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB

The Carbon Espirit SB is based upon the Debut carbon featured further up this page. The basic design is the same, but the Esprit SB benefits from an acrylic platter and internal electronic speed control for easy speed switching of 33 and 45rpm. 78rpm is also possible, this requires fitment of a different belt (supplied) and stylus (not included).



Speeds: 33.3, 45 electronic change (78rpm also possible, see above)

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red

Lid: Included

Finishes: Gloss Black, Gloss Red and Gloss White


Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB: £449.00


Edwards Audio TT1 MK2

The TT1 mk2 is the latest version of this award winning design. It features the same acrylic platter and one piece cast tonearm as before but now benefits from a more rigid and very attractive satin paint finished plinth. Included is the blue Little Belter drive belt and a ceramic ball bearing. The excellent EA202 cast tonearm is fitted and it can be ordered with or without a cartridge, please see pricing below.


This deck is made in the UK and is the result of much experimentation and auditioning - I can say this with confidence as I was present at the listening sessions where the specification of the deck was derived and can say that having compared it to its competitors this deck offers quite remarkable performance for its price. It is very involving to listen to, with great weight and scale whilst retaining a remarkably uncoloured midband and open high frequencies.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: Satin Black or Satin White


Edwards Audio TT1 mk2 turntable without cartridge £469.95

Edwards Audio TT1 mk2 /C100 turntable including Zephyr C100 cartridge : £509.95




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