Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black)

Turntable

In stock
£279
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There wasn't a whole lot wrong with its predecessor but now with an acrylic platter and upgraded cartridge, the Project Essential III A is better than ever.

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 an acrylic platter, isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III A offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Sound enhancing acrylic platter on this 'A' version
Swapping the pressed steel platter of the previous Essential models for an acrylic one makes a big difference. These are usually only standard on turntables costing much more as they cost far more to produce than pressed steel ones. Acrylic offers an inert surface contact, reducing the unwanted effects of resonance. This means you'll not only hear more detail but more a more natural tone, too.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3A 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 3A a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III A 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 A is the 'go to' turntable at its price.

Click here for link to our blog review

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices.

6 Year Guarantee included 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

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

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later 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

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

Lowest price guaranteed! 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 / trace in discounts.
T&Cs apply

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

There wasn't a whole lot wrong with its predecessor but now with an acrylic platter and upgraded cartridge, the Project Essential III A is better than ever.

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 an acrylic platter, isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III A offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Sound enhancing acrylic platter on this 'A' version
Swapping the pressed steel platter of the previous Essential models for an acrylic one makes a big difference. These are usually only standard on turntables costing much more as they cost far more to produce than pressed steel ones. Acrylic offers an inert surface contact, reducing the unwanted effects of resonance. This means you'll not only hear more detail but more a more natural tone, too.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3A 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 3A a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III A 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 A is the 'go to' turntable at its price.

Click here for link to our blog review
More Information
Auto/Manual Manual
Belt Drive / Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Yes - MM
Dimensions WxDxH 420 x 330 x 112
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 4.5
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 Unbeatable Venturing back into vinyl and could not have wished for a better turntable, for my budget.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Noticeably better I already had an 8 yo Project Xpressions 11 turntable and had been thinking of replacing it. Recently a relative gave me his vinyl collection which included a load of 45's from the 50's, 60's and 70's and that decided me to get a new turntable but keep the old one for playing the 45's on. The turntable arrived very well packaged and was fairly straightforward to set up although locating the belt round the platter and onto the drive was a bit of a faff. That confirmed me in my decision to keep the old deck for 45's as changing speed on the new deck involves relocating the belt by hand. Also worth noting is that the counterweight hangs by a nearly invisible nylon thread which locates into a microscopic groove on a tiny peg at the rear of the tonearm. At my age, with my eyesight, that was a bit of a struggle. Once properly set up though, the improvement in sound quality was immediately apparent with very good channel separation and a brighter, more immediate sound compared to the old turntable. Build quality is excellent and I'm well pleased.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deserves the good reviews The turntable does everything you would expect from a sub-£300 bit of kit. It's well put together, if slightly on the lighter side of sturdy. Main thing is the sound - or rather the music - really sweet and warm but able to reproduce high/lows and dynamics convincingly. Was a little concerned about a slight hum from the motor but I needn't have been - the motor is evidently well isolated from the plinth/arm because no hum is audible from the speakers at all, and that's what matters. It even plays albums that I thought were too dirty/damaged to play on my old t.table. And big thanks to staff at Preston branch who were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound This so good setup in 20mins and sounds so good so get it and you will be very happy.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable Quality I absolutely love this turntable. The quality and looks are amazing. I love the little counter measure weight that hangs on a tread off the tonearm. " Quality"
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simple design looks great sounds great too had mine a couple of weeks now easy to use quite simple to setup youtube the best way.My 1st proper turntable so im no expert but sounds great and from the reviews of the cartridge it is top draw so no need to upgrade over all its a turntable plays records sounds great thats it job does it very well
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional turntable for the money I have been a Richer Sounds customer since 1997 and their customer service is as good today as it ever was. The turntable sounds exceptional and is a pleasure to use. It is fairly basic but in a solid and simple way, you can just see and feel that the cost has gone into the engineering and component quality which at the end of the day is what makes the music sound better. It is still a looker though with its shiny black surface and high spec cartridge and tonearm. The best bit though is that I asked for an Essential III when I went into the Brighton store and when I got home I had been given, and charged for, a IIIA with acrylic platter. I called the store straight away to let them know what had happened and, because I was on a day out and actually live 3hrs away, they apologised, refunded me the £40 difference and let me keep the A. Thanks guys! I will of course be back.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy set-up, great sound Was talked through the ins and outs in store - picked it out, chose the peripherals, and took home. Quick set up, great sound. Would recommend - better than MP3 sound all day.
Date published: 2017-06-05
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Buy in-store & take it home today! Find store details Buy by phone Call our UK based team on 0333 900 0093

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices.

6 Year Guarantee included 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

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

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later 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

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

Lowest price guaranteed! 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 / trace in discounts.
T&Cs apply

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

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