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This price point immediately allows for a more serious turntable, amp and speakers with a fit and finish that’s classy and sound quality that’s even more so. We have dedicated as much budget as we can to the amp as the turntable in this system, because both are difficult to do well for less

Pro-Ject Essential 3


Pro-Ject have a knack when it comes to building decent budget turntables, and the latest version of the Essential lives up to its name. With a glosswrapped wood platter, manual speed change and aluminium arm with a decent Ortofon OM10 cartridge in its headshell, the Essential has what it takes to open up your records and allow them to sing oh so sweetly, or aggressively (if it’s Raw Power by The Stooges for instance). We like the energy it digs out of the grooves and the way it delivers the lively but clean sound that only a good vinyl pressing is capable of. It’s also strong on imaging and can precisely place musicians in a large-scale soundstage, which is what good stereo is all about.

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ISSUE 35 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! In our first issue of 2020 we bring you the inside story of Bob Dylan's most diverse, divisive and fascinating decade – the 1970s. Dylan made eight hugely different studio albums in those 10 years, and we've rounded up some of his closest confidants and bandmates to tell the tale. It's a must-read for any fan of Mr Zimmerman. Elsewhere in issue 35, our packed interviews section features Angel Olsen, Seth Lakeman, The Go-Betweens, Field Music, DJ Shadow and Courteeners, plus we take an in-depth look at The Doors' Morrison Hotel and meet the music fanatics behind America's coolest label group – Secretly Canadian. If that's not enough, we bring you 40 essential folk-rock classics, a guide to building your perfect hi-fi setup in 2020 and the usual eclectic mix of vinyl columnists, news and reviews. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.