Project ESSENTIAL III A Turntable

Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black)

Turntable

In stock
£299
”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

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.
”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
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Ortofon OM 10 - MM
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 420 x 330 x 112
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 5
Replacement Stylus Code Ortofon Stylus 10
Speeds 33 / 45
USB Output No
Weight (KG) 5
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and sound! I'd been looking to replace my ageing and temperamental Sony turntable for a long time. After lots of research I'd decided a Project Audio turntable is what I was going to buy and I haven't been dissapointed. The clarity of my records is incredible, I wish I'd purchased this a long time ago!
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine example I bought this turntable about a month ago having not had one for many years and I am delighted with not only the look and build quality but the sound even on some old albums is excellent this is a fine example of modern turntables
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT !!! I bought this deck and am so happy i did, I have heard things on my lps I had never heard before, easy to set up, no gadgets or gizmos just pure rich sound. Thanks Maidstone...
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best turntable at this price point Bought after extensive research on turntables at around the £200 price point. I went with Richer Sounds as they offered a 6 year warranty with the turntable although it was possible to buy at about £25 less from another internet site. The turntable looks amazing especially with the acrylic platter. It functions as you would expect from any good quality turntable. I feel that I can not comment on sound as this is very much dependant on the pairing and quality of all components. I would recommend this turntable. I think that it is the best that you can buy at this price point.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound great price I purchased an essential deck last month to play my old records on. Great sound with some lovely touches as well as a great price and superb service .
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks stunning and the sound is transporting. So, so happy I chose this turntable over other similarly priced models. All I can say is if your budget covers it....go for it. Love Richer Sounds too.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality record deck at a great price. 5 Stars Purchased a few weeks ago after checking reviews and I am delighted that I made this choice. It oozes quality and looks great. I love the acrylic platter and the no fuss control. It is easy to set up following the instruction for setting the down force etc and I soon had it playing out of the box. You can't go wrong with this deck and it also has a six year warranty !!. I would recommend buying from Richer Sounds as their service is second to none. Although you may find it a tad cheaper on the internet somewhere I feel confident that buying from Richer Sounds id the best way to go as I feel confident that if anything did go wrong which I'm sure it wont they will sort it. You don't get service like that from the general internet. If you are in the market to buy a record deck buy this today !!
Date published: 2018-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound for a great price. I was recommended a Project Turntable and glad I bought one. Excellent value.
Date published: 2018-11-05
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Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 38.
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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.