Project ESSENTIAL III Turntable

Project ESSENTIAL III (Black)

Turntable

In stock
£259
"Another excellent Pro-Ject turntable with a tempting upgrade option." 'What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision magazine'. 5-star review. Tested at £240

The perfect turntable for audiophiles on a budget

Putting engineering quality above frills, the Project Essential III is perfect for those that enjoy their music above all else. With a specification that includes isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3 has all the elements of a proper hi-fi turntable - just at a lower price. The low vibration DC motor gives stable speed for accurate pitch and timing. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 3 a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm

Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III is supplied with a good quality tonearm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's both light and rigid. The more rigid the more precisely it tracks, making listening to your records a more involving experience. For long-lasting quality, the tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Cartridge upgraded to Ortofon OM10
Another great new upgrade with the version 3 of the Essential is an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Replacing the previous OM5 model, the higher spec cartridge uses a finer stylus to get deeper into the groove, giving you a broader sound and more detail.

More impressive than ever, the Project Essential III is the 'go to' turntable at its price.

6 Year Guarantee included

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.
"Another excellent Pro-Ject turntable with a tempting upgrade option." 'What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision magazine'. 5-star review. Tested at £240

The perfect turntable for audiophiles on a budget

Putting engineering quality above frills, the Project Essential III is perfect for those that enjoy their music above all else. With a specification that includes isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3 has all the elements of a proper hi-fi turntable - just at a lower price. The low vibration DC motor gives stable speed for accurate pitch and timing. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 3 a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm

Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III is supplied with a good quality tonearm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's both light and rigid. The more rigid the more precisely it tracks, making listening to your records a more involving experience. For long-lasting quality, the tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Cartridge upgraded to Ortofon OM10
Another great new upgrade with the version 3 of the Essential is an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Replacing the previous OM5 model, the higher spec cartridge uses a finer stylus to get deeper into the groove, giving you a broader sound and more detail.

More impressive than ever, the Project Essential III is the 'go to' turntable at its price.
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Ortofon OM 10 - MM
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 415 x 335 x 112
Power Consumption- Normal Use 5
Replacement Stylus Code Ortofon 10
Speeds 33 / 45
USB Output No
Weight (KG) 5
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is Happening After a succession of creppy cheap record players, I finally saved up and got something better and this is it. Easy to set up; there are good videos on richer sounds website if you need them. I have it connected to a little Onkyo system and its great. It does need a pre-amp though, so don't forget to buy that too. AND... don't forget to turn off the switch once you finish playing!! Looks very nice, shiny, minimal, black. . I am happy and there is less swearing in the house nowadays!!
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Service We bought this at 4.30 pm on Boxing Day. We rushed in before the store closed and the staff were so helpful. The turntable is fabulous and allowed my husband to play his Christmas gift from his son right away!
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I bought this as something of an impulse buy having read a number of reviews. It is an excellent product going through a Cambridge A1 Mk3 amplifier and Mission 70 Mk 2 speakers which I purchased at Richer some years ago. Setting up was a bit fiddly and I have already dislodged the anti-skate weight and drive belt once, this latter point seems to be something of a common factor. However, I take these as just minor points which mean I need to be a bit less ham-fisted when using the deck! Overall, an excellent product with great performance and really good looks.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from looks good This was bought as a Christmas present for a teenager. So not only did it have to look good but it had to sound good. Well, it ticks both those boxes and with the dust cover top keeps the vinyls left on for a while dustfree...nothing short of a miracle in a teenagers room!
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy set-up, good sound. Wanted a turntable to replace a broken Technics model, but did not want to spend the earth. The Essential III had phono cables attached and an Ortofon 10 cartridge - the only problem I had was a faint hum until I realised that you had to ground the earth cable to the amp! Good sound for the money.
Date published: 2018-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service Bought via phone and was talked thru what I needed to get best out of my purchase
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, great sound, helping me rediscover vinyl Had it for a couple of weeks now, paired it with the Project phono box and a trusty Cambridge Audio amp still going strong after 17 years. Set up was a little bit fiddly, but I quite enjoyed it. YouTube helped,but I realised need you need to read the details on weight on the arm very closely. Turntable makes a clean sound, seems very solidly built with great isolating feet. Seems like a great piece of kit for the money.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good to have New turntable after not having one for so long. This one seemed the best for my budget and from the reviews. Assembly/set up was reasonably quick and it's simple to use with a good sound quality
Date published: 2018-12-02
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Project ESSENTIAL III (Black) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 50.
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6 Year Guarantee included

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.