Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black)

Turntable

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£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

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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
More Information
Dimensions WxDxH 420 x 330 x 112
Dimensions WxHxD 419 x 111 x 330
Power Consumption- Normal Use 4.5
Brand Project
Colour Black
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bit of Self Assembly Required A great sounding turntable. Must admit I was a bit nervous when I realised that I had to fit the belt, counterweight (setting it to the right downforce), and anti skating weight which you have to have a steady hand and good eyesight for. Would highly recommend using youtube to find a setup video as instructions at times were a bit vague. I have to say though that it is a excellent sounding turntable with a lot more musical information and three dimensional sound stage. Never thought in a million years that I'd go back to vinyl but it is a revelation.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it Originally intended to buy a turntable with a USB output for a similar price, but after a little conversation was encouraged to go for something a little less connectable, but with a better quality of buld and sound reproduction. Glad I did too, this is a great turntable - the set-up was fairly straightforward and there are online videos you can follow if the instructions seem a little vague. It sounds superb!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplicity redefined. The acrylic platter is a thing of beauty. Looking like frosted glass its weighty mass is supported by the central bearing. Motion is provided by an offset DC motor and connected by a belt that runs around the perimeter of the platter. The motor runs at one constant speed and so switching between 33 1/3 and 45 RPM is done by moving the belt from one gear to the other. No drama here - it's an easy manoeuvre. Then we get onto the sound. The OM 10 cartridge is not just good to look at - having the classic Ortofon profile - but the sound will blow your socks off. Nothing is wanting here. If you like auto-this and auto-that then this may not be the turntable for you. The Essential doesn't do anything for you - You have to do it all yourself. But if you like excellent sound quality and stunning looks at an entry level price then the III A certainly deserves your attention.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasure to own and use This turntable is just a joy to own and use. It feels solid and well engineered. The on off switch is at the side which is really convenient (not at the rear like some) the platter is heavy and solid and can be used without a felt mat which is really cool. The lid is a soft close design which I prefer. The arm is a straight tube design and the supplied stylus /cartridge is superb gives a clear hi fi sound. The belt drive is easily changed to play 45s. Set up is simple go to YouTube if unsure.
Date published: 2017-03-28
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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.
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We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We'll happily come to you!

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