The Essential III RecordMaster is part of Pro-Ject Audio Systems' affordable turntable concept series. The Essential III FlexiRange allows you to pick exactly which turntable is right for your personal system, without wasting money on unnecessary features for your need.
All models in the FlexiRange are based on the standard Essential III turntable. From the high-quality, acoustically neutral, high-gloss MDF plinth and platter, through the premium bearing and decoupling feet, all the way onto the aluminium tonearm, Ortofon OM 10 cartridge and 9V asynchronous motor; the Essential III is a proven performer that’s more than justified its 5 Star rating from What Hi-Fi? magazine.
The Essential III RecordMaster is the turntable of choice when simplicity is your number one priority. Using the same integrated speed control as the Essential III as well as the phono stage from the Essential III Phono, the RecordMaster is a turntable that connects to any spare Line input and switches from 33 to 45rpm at the push of a button.
The additional inclusion of a USB output means the Essential III RecordMaster can also be used to record your favourite records direct to a PC or Mac.
Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III RecordMaster is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.
- High quality MDF gloss-wrapped 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
- 8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
- Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
- Built-in MM phono stage
- Switch to bypass internal phono stage
- USB output for recording to a PC or Mac
- Integrated speed control for easy switching between 33 and 45 rpm
- Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
- Lid included
What is a Phono Stage?
A phono stage takes the low-level electrical signal, generated by the pick-up cartridge on your turntable, and amplifies it to LINE level. When it's at LINE level, you can connect the outputs of your phono stage to any LINE or AUX input on your amplifier. If you do not have a phono stage, when you connect the turntable to your amplifier the signal will be very quiet, and if you turn it up to normal listening level it will sound distorted and noisy.
You do not need an external phono stage if...
- There is a phono stage already built-in to your turntable (for instance with our Phono or RecordMaster turntables from Pro-Ject)
- Your amplifier has a Phono input.
In both of these cases, the built-in phono stage needs to support your pick-up cartridge (see below).
Do I need a specific type of Phono Stage?
Yes. You need to buy a phono stage that suits your particular type of cartridge. If you have a Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge, you need an MM-compatible phono stage. If you have a Moving Coil (MC) cartridge, you need an MC-compatible phono stage. This is due to the different output levels of MM and MC cartridges (as MC cartridges are so quiet, they require more Gain).
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|Pre-Fitted Cartridge:||Ortofon OM 10|
|Replacement Stylus:||Ortofon Stylus 10|
|Nominal Speeds:||33 / 45 RPM (Manual)|
|Speed Variance:||33: ±0.70%
|Wow & Flutter:||33: ±0.21%
|Effective Tonearm Length:||8.6" (218.5mm)|
|Effective Tonearm Mass:||8.0gr|
|Dimensions:||420 x 112 x 330mm|
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