A quiet-running synchronous motor with silicone belt is driving a low-resonance platter made from laminated particle board. A motor control with DC power supply minimzes unwanted vibration effectively. The main platter bearing consists of stainless steelspindle and bronze bushing with Teflon bottom to seccure low friction. The main chassis is made from lightweight, but very stiff particle board.Essential II Phono USB utilizes a straight 8,6" aluminum tonearm design made from a single piece of aluminum with sapphire bearings, which offers a far better „plug & play" solution, than it's predecessor. Special feet effectively decouples the turntable from the surface.Because Essential II Phono USB comes with pre-mounted cartridge and built-in phono preamplifier with USB output, connection to both line-level input of your hifi system and PC/Mac easily can be used simultaneously! Open-Source recording software Audacity is not based on a specific platform, is available for free and the perfect solution for recording and processing of your audio data.