Pro-Ject Essential III A (Black) Turntable

Pro-Ject Essential III A (Black)

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£319 RRP £349

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”A seriously talented arrival to the budget turntable market that sets a new standard at the price.”- ‘Hi-Fi Choice’ ‘Recommended’

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

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

Buy now, pay later available
by phone, on items over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call our Telesales team 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. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Find out more

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All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.

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”A seriously talented arrival to the budget turntable market that sets a new standard at the price.”- ‘Hi-Fi Choice’ ‘Recommended’

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
Brand Project
Colour Black
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 420 x 330 x 112
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 5
Weight (KG) 5
Cartridge Included? Ortofon OM 10 - MM
Replacement Stylus Code Ortofon Stylus 10
Speeds 33 / 45
USB Output No
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Basic turntable I wish I had been told that the arm does not lift at end of track or that the speed can only be controlled by physically moving the drive belt. My old AKAI that I bought in the early 80's was far superior. By the way, the instruction booklet must have been written by someone from the planet Zog (thank goodness for You Tube)
Date published: 2020-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleek looks, Bought this two weeks ago to replace my old ion, no problem setting up it performs as good as it looks, worth every penny happy days..
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long term review - well worth the money I got this as a birthday present just over 18 months ago and can confirm that it has given me a new found love of vinyl. Going through a Marantz PM6003 amp and Monitor Audio BX2 speakers (all previously purchased from the City branch of Richer Sounds) the IIIA has made my ever growing collection sound great and remarkably present. The acrylic platter was more than worth the extra few quid. The only small downsides are occasionally needing to realign the weight and the lid being a bit stiff, having the effect of causing the needle to skip if it’s pulled up without a little care. Regardless, for the price these are all more than forgivable. The only issue now is that newer Essential models have been released since I got this, so would find it hard to choose between them if buying now. However, you would not regret buying one of these.
Date published: 2020-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound good look Staff at richer sounds were amazing and I was helped all the way. Superb service and product.
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! First turntable in 25 years and wow! Paired with q acoustics 3010i's this sounds amazing. Brilliant sales advice and support from Newcastle staff. Winner winner
Date published: 2019-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basic turntable Good quality basic , simple turntable that plays well.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding for the money Really pleased with this deck, big step up in sound from turntables in the £200 range. IMHO better than the Rega Planar 1 (irritatingly noisy motor - sent it back); though I’m running it through a Rega phono stage, Audiolab amp and KEF speakers. The ortofon cartridge gives a decent sound and won’t break the bank to replace the stylus. For reference I have a couple of higher end decks and though this won’t replace them, I reckon you’d have to spend £500 plus to beat this. Note this is the 3A deck with the acrylic build- well worth the extra money
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality I bought a Project 111 turntable for my husbands birthday. He absolutely loves it. The customer service from Richersounds was outstanding. Will be shopping there again .
Date published: 2019-03-25
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£319 RRP £349

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Pro-Ject Essential III A (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 45.
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Please call your local store Members of our team are happily working from home to provide advice, info on stock and other help. They can also process sales and arrange delivery direct from our warehouse. Buy by phone Call our national Telesales team on
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6 Year Guarantee included
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Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges.

Sign up instantly in-store or here.
You can also read all about the benefits of our 6 Year Guarantees here.

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

Buy now, pay later available
by phone, on items over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call our Telesales team 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. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.