Keen to know what all the fuss is about but not ready to shell out a fortune on your equipment. Well, the combination of Pro-ject Audio’s Essential III Phono with Ruark’s MR1 Mk1 active speakers means your first venture into the world of analogue won’t break the bank. Vinyl’s resurgent popularity has birthed a contemporary desire for the quality of analogue audio and with it a desire for that audio to compliment a contemporary setting. Not everyone is looking for bold, chunky 70’s-styled systems. People now accustomed to the subtlety of small WiFi speakers and docking stations are looking for analogue options with a similar aesthetic. Enter powered speakers and turntables with built-in phono pre amplifiers. The four core components of any analogue system (turntable/phono preamp/amplifier/speakers) for the price and look of two. It’s a much easier, cleaner way to enjoy the beauty of vinyl records.