Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

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Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by x21 » 18 May 2018 22:52

Hello

I have a both turntables and I want opinions on what one is better and why.

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by Nigel Gomez » 19 May 2018 13:06

Why not listen and hear for yourself?

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by Ghaasl » 19 May 2018 13:15

I’d keep the Technics. But, I dig vintage equipment (look at my signature). The Technics will likely perform better than the pro-ject after a proper servicing (lube bearings, change belt, etc.) and last much longer. It is much easier to swap cartridges on the Technics because of its removable headshell. Just get a couple of spare headshells so you can have different cartridges mounted and ready to go. It’s also not a pain in the butt to change between 33 1/3 and 45 rpm on the Technics. It all depends on your personal tastes. Some will say to keep both, so you have a back-up table if one goes to pot. Totally up to you. I officially vote for the Technics.

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by Nigel Gomez » 19 May 2018 16:09

I actually have a Technics SL 210 which is the manual version of the SL 220.This series of Technics which were entry level in the late 70's can beat most entry level turntables made today and most definitely beat or come very close to a Project Essential.

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by vinyl master » 19 May 2018 16:58

Another vote for the Technics...I've got two of them now (SL-D202 and SL-D2) and they are pretty darn fun machines to have around! 8)

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by analogaudio » 19 May 2018 19:27

Yes, provided the Technics is in good condition and working properly I also agree it is the superior machine, I owned one for a long time.

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by x21 » 23 May 2018 18:38

Thanks for your Help. :)

I am not sure the Technics is working very well as the motor was making some grinding noise until I put a drop of clipper oil on the shaft.

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by Nigel Gomez » 23 May 2018 21:16

x21 wrote:Thanks for your Help. :)

I am not sure the Technics is working very well as the motor was making some grinding noise until I put a drop of clipper oil on the shaft.
Old turntables sometimes need a little lube.Clean the speed pots with deoxit while you're at it.....

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by x21 » 23 May 2018 21:18

Nigel Gomez wrote:Clean the speed pots with deoxit while you're at it.....
That's the first thing I did :wink:

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by Nigel Gomez » 24 May 2018 17:08

So is the grinding noise gone?

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Re: Pro-Ject Essential ii vs Technics SL-220

Post by x21 » 24 May 2018 18:18

Nigel Gomez wrote:So is the grinding noise gone?
It seems to be gone for now. I still have to find a way to disassemble the motor to lubricate the lower bearing.

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